Today's News

  • 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.

  • Fire destroys Brunswick County Sheriff's employees' home

    CALABASH—Keith and Laurie Smith were next door at Keith’s mother’s house when they were alerted to a fire that broke out at their unoccupied Hickman Road house Sunday afternoon.

    “I came running over and busted a window trying to get my wallet,” said Keith Smith, a captain with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, where his wife also is employed as a sergeant.

  • North's Irwin catches on with Belmont Abbey

    A willingness to work hard on the baseball field and in the classroom has allowed Dakota Irwin to continue to pursue his dream of playing baseball.

    Irwin, a senior catcher for the North Brunswick High School baseball team, signed a letter of intent May 14 to play for Belmont Abbey College.

    The Crusaders, a Division II team, are nationally ranked and graduate their starting catcher this year. Those two factors helped make Irwin’s decision to attend the college.

  • Ingram Planetarium set to unveil new digital system this weekend

    SUNSET BEACH—A newly installed high-definition digital projection system will debut this weekend as Ingram Planetarium re-opens to the public for a new season.

    The world’s third Spitz SciDome high-definition digital projection system is the final part of a three-phase, $255,000 project that replaces the planetarium’s old analog system, according to Scott Kucera, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation that oversees the Sunset Beach planetarium.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council reviews budget draft for next fiscal year

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council scrutinized numbers at an all-day workshop Monday to review the town’s proposed budget draft for fiscal year 2009-2010.

    The proposed, estimated $5,056,955 budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget, town administrator Gary Parker said Tuesday.

    “We’re at a point now where this coming fiscal year we haven’t been greatly impacted by the [economic] downturn,” he said.