Today's News

  • Brunswick backs Dare County lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have joined the fight against the N.C. Department of Insurance and its escalating homeowners’ insurance rates.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to contribute $10,000 to Dare County officials, who filed a lawsuit last month, claiming the N.C. Department of Insurance “violated constitutional provisions,” when approving rate increases of up to 30 percent in coastal North Carolina counties.

  • Officials: Schools’ food services not affected by peanut butter recall

    BOLIVIA—Students and parents can rest assured no products being served in Brunswick County Schools’ cafeterias are part of a nationwide recall of products resulting in an numerous illnesses caused by salmonella typhumurium, school officials say.

    Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said none of the food served has been involved in the recall, but oftentimes many recalls follow the initial recall. As a precaution, she has put a hold on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that will last another week.

  • BCC avenges Region X loss, improves to 18-3

    Brunswick Community College avenged its only conference loss by beating Clinton Junior College 91-80 Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School.

    Jeremy Basnight hit four 3-pointers and scored 23 points. Jamar Taylor, with a scout from the University of Missouri in attendance, scored a career-high 21 points.

    “I told (Jamar) before the game (Clinton’s) No. 34 cannot be the best big man in the gym,” BCC coach Walter Shaw said. “And (Jamar) proved he was better.”

  • Although not associated with fresh fish, winter is a good time for tasty fish meals

    Winter is not usually associated with fresh fish, but among the few species available to local anglers are two that make terrific eating and fit perfectly in many good recipes. These are the speckled trout and the black drum, both of which can be caught throughout the year in all but the coldest weather. Specks are well known to seafood lovers as a culinary delight, while black drum lack the good reputation but are still a great fish to eat.

  • Long-awaited new clubhouse opens at Crow Creek

    There’s been a lot of bad news in the world of golf recently. In the last few years several courses up and down the Carolina coast have closed. Because of the down economy, total numbers of golf rounds have decreased, rentals are down and hotels are no longer filled. Restaurants are now closed for longer periods of time during the offseason.

  • U.S. 17 can be part of UDO process in Carolina Shores, consultant says

    CAROLINA SHORES—As the town updates its UDO, any changes it wants for U.S. 17 could be considered, a consultant said at a planning and zoning board workshop last week.

    Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments said recommendations for the 2.7 miles of highway corridor under town domain could be part of the Unified Development Ordinance process.

    Among details under consideration are restricting the number of driveways per lot.

  • First Brunswick Stew Cook-Off set for Saturday in Shallotte

    What better place to have a Brunswick stew-cooking contest than in Brunswick County?

    That’s the reasoning behind the first Brunswick Stew Cook-Off set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Rourk Woods Development in Shallotte.

    “The idea actually came from Cathy Altman, president of the Chamber of Commerce,” said Megan Masser, community programs and events director for the chamber.

    Altman, she said, grew up in Calabash and Brunswick County.

  • Waste reduction grant voted down after heated debate in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A majority of town commissioners have voted against applying for a waste reduction grant that would have been used for enhanced recycling in the town.

    The vote followed heated debate at a specially called meeting Monday in which commissioner Gere Dale expressed anger over fellow commissioners’ reservations about residents’ willingness to separate discarded, recyclable materials.

  • Local business leaders sound off on stimulus money

    SUPPLY—A group of Brunswick County business leaders told U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) last week that federal stimulus money should go to small businesses and infrastructure needs if the economy is going to recover.

    They also suggested the federal government ease recent restrictions on banks, allowing them to loan more freely to developers and other business interests.

    McIntyre met with the group at Brunswick Community College Friday afternoon in one of several economic roundtable discussions he has planned throughout his district.

  • Commissioners OK ‘shovel-ready’ water projects

    Brunswick County Commissioners are prepared for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners approved submitting two “shovel-ready” water projects, hoping to tap into some stimulus money.

    Commissioners approved submitting the two “shovel-ready” water projects to the Public Water Supply Section of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.