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Today's News

  • Brunswick keeps ranking in economic impact study

    Brunswick County maintained its ranking as ninth among the 100 North Carolina counties in “The 2007 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study.

    The Travel Industry Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. The study uses sales and tax revenue data plus employment figures to determine the overall impact of visitor spending in North Carolina.

  • Devaun Park annexation approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—The seafood capital is growing even larger with an annexation approved Tuesday night.

    Commissioners unanimously approved the voluntary annexation of 15 acres of Devaun Park subdivision off Beach Drive and along the Calabash River. They also agreed to the approval of an annexation map and ordinance effective Aug. 13.

    Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart noted the annexation has been a long time coming and that he looked forward to it.

    In other business:

  • Interim fire chief taking helm in Calabash

    CALABASH—Calabash Fire Department has a new interim chief.

    Carl Naecker, a retired fire chief from Maryland who has recently served on the Calabash Fire Department board, officially took the helm Aug. 1.

    “Right now it’s interim, for six months,” Naecker said Monday as he and outgoing chief Karl Bennett convened to go over departmental business at the main fire station on Persimmon Road.

  • Tree ordinance upheld in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town recently received a magistrate’s approval to collect a fine for violation of its tree ordinance.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale said the decision followed a small claims judgment in March that found defendant Bill E. Lane in the wrong for violating the town’s tree ordinance.

    According to the complaint, the town’s building inspection department noticed construction activity had occurred at the site, at 9351 Ocean Highway West, while inspecting an adjacent subdivision in July 2007.

  • BFA sees increase in demand, launches membership drive

    In difficult economic times, residents of Brunswick County, like nearly everywhere else, need temporary help putting food on the table and paying their bills.

    That’s where Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) usually comes in—providing emergency funds for rent and utilities assistance from its budget and food from the onsite food pantry.

  • Brunswick Habitat dedicates 22nd house

    Ask Amber Rubio how long she lived at her last address and she is quick to answer, “31 years.”

    For her entire life, Rubio has lived at one address, the home of her grandmother who raised her.

    But for what seemed like forever, she dreamed of a home of her own, a house for herself and her children.

    Rubio had been everywhere, talked to everyone and tried everything, from banks to credit unions, but she could not qualify for a mortgage loan. Then she turned to Habitat for Humanity for assistance, hoping for help in getting a dream home.

  • Brunswick Arts Council launches multicultural division

    Recognizing the need to bring more arts-related programs and artistic culture to Brunswick County, the Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) has created the Multicultural Programs Division.

    The division’s goal is to expand BAC’s reach and help bring art into more diverse comminutes and to more at-risk youth.

  • State-funded training helps employers, job seekers

    GRISSETTOWN—Timothy DeMatties of Seaside has found his professional niche doing something he never thought he would—building and repairing street-legal golf carts as a mechanic at the Golf Cart Outlet.

    The opportunity to train for his new career was the result of a six-month span of unemployment.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Larceny and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle at the Farmstead Golf Course in Calabash; suspect opened victim’s vehicle and stole a wallet from the center console.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on Wilson Avenue in Calabash; suspect stole vehicle from victim’s yard.

    •Fraudulent prescription on Beach Drive SW in Calabash; suspect altered a prescription for Percocet.