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Today's News

  • County approves refinancing bond terms

    BOLVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved refinancing about $25 million worth of bonds.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said the approval refinanced the county’s rate, but did not extend the term of any of the bonds.

    “It appears that savings are in the range of about $700,000 over the life of the bond,” Hardy said, which comes to about $70,000 in savings per year.

  • Bridge jumper costs taxpayers thousands; charged with filing a false report

    OAK ISLAND—Oak Island Fire Chief John House said the man who jumped off Oak Island Bridge last Friday cost taxpayers between $15,000-$20,000. Police Chief Van Eddinger said the stunt probably cost closer to $30,000.

    While the total price tag of 22-year-old Samuel Weston Holley’s jump from the Oak Island Bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway has not been tallied, Holley has been charged with filing a false police report.

  • District attorney’s office facing state budget cuts

    BOLIVIA—District attorney Rex Gore said the district attorney’s office is facing the same budget cuts as all other state departments across North Carolina, including a .5-percent pay cut for all state employees.

    Gore, as an elected official, is not subject to the salary decrease, but said he asked to have the pay cut applied to his salary so he is affected just like his 27 employees.

    “I was going to stand with my workers and the staff and the [assistant district attorneys]. We’re all in it together,” he said.

  • Representative: Habitual felon bill killed in House committee

    A bill in the N.C. State House of Representatives that would soften the state’s habitual felon act was ushered into committee last week.

    Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Brunswick, said he hoped the bill would remain there—never to see a vote on the house floor.

    House Bill 1360, introduced by Rep. Phillip Haire, D-Haywood, would change the definition and scope of the state’s habitual felon law.

  • Bridge re-opening delayed on N.C. 179

    Detour-takers will have to keep detouring down Hale Swamp Road for about another month since bridge replacement work on N.C. 179 has not been finished.

    Replacement of the span and roadwork that began last November was scheduled for completion May 15, but the work has not been finished, Wardell Brown, a project inspector for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said at the site Tuesday morning.

    Brown said “nothing in particular” has led to the delay that is estimated to take about another month.

  • Commissioners declare developers' performance guarantees in default

    BOLIVIA—After a closed session Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners declared several performance guarantees in default.

    The performance guarantees, required by the county and signed by developers, are required for the completion of certain infrastructure projects such as roads, water supplies, curbs, gutters, sewer supplies and stormwater requirements.

    If any of the properties in a subdivision are sold, the developer must guarantee completion of the infrastructure prior to the sales, according to a Brunswick County Commissioners’ board action item.

  • County manager recommends no tax increase, no reduction in force

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners made it clear they would not endorse a tax increase to balance the county’s budget, and county manager Marty Lawing heeded their call.

    Lawing presented the recommended $198.5 million total budget for the upcoming fiscal year Monday night—trading fund balance and capital reserve appropriations for increasing taxes or cutting jobs. The fiscal year 2009-2010 $198.5 million budget represents an 11.6 percent decrease from the current fiscal year’s budget, adopted last July.

  • North Brunswick's Scorpions open playoffs with five-inning win

    LELAND—After being rained out Friday night, North Brunswick saw its opening-round baseball game in the state playoffs Saturday stopped in the fifth inning.

    But this time, the game was called short because of excessive runs.

    The Scorpions hammered Southwest Onslow 12-2 as they had double the number of hits as their opponents and played virtually a flawless game in the field.

  • Blue Line Blood Drive draws 85 blood donors

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office played to host to the first Blue Line Blood Drive last week. The blood drive, which organizers hope to make an annual event, collected about 85 pints of blood.

    American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Tanya Tilley-Hall said the blood drive, organized by Bill Miller, exceeded their goal of 60 pints of blood, with 85 people coming out to donate.

    Hall said blood donation is especially critical in the summer months when more people are traveling and children are out of school.

  • McCumbee leads briefly, has frustrating finish

    Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team had high hopes for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 May 15. The night ended with McCumbee feeling more like he had just finished riding a roller coaster than a 200-mile NASCAR race. He finished 15th.

    Qualifying was halted when a brief rain shower rolled over Lowe’s Motor Speedway Friday afternoon halfway through the NCWTS qualifying session, giving McCumbee the eighth starting spot based on owners’ points.