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Today's News

  • Holden Beach property tax value likely to increase

    To achieve a revenue-neutral budget, Holden Beach officials are looking at a 12.7 or 13 percent tax rate per $100 of property value for the coming budget year.

    The current tax rate is 6.9 percent.

    “The revenue-neutral is less than double the current rate,” Mayor Alan Holden said at a budget workshop in town hall Tuesday afternoon. “We’re by no means through studying this thing.”

    Because of the recession, Holden Beach property values fell 45-47 percent during the 2011 revaluation performed by Brunswick County officials.

  • VA signs lease for Brunswick veterans clinic

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on Monday announced a lease has been signed for the new Veterans Administration (VA) clinic in Brunswick County.

    The clinic is scheduled to open the first week of August.

    “Today we take a huge step forward to the reality of a new veterans clinic in Brunswick County. This new clinic will provide valuable services to the veterans population and honor their commitment and service to the nation,” McIntyre said.

  • West Brunswick routs Eastern Wayne in softball playoffs

    The West Brunswick High School softball team opened the NCHSSA Class 3A state playoffs by routing Eastern Wayne 11-0 in five innings May 17.

    Starting sophomore pitcher Kim Cook gave up one hit in four innings. She hit one batter and struck out two. Reliever Savannah Pridgen gave up one hit and struck out one.

    “Kim did a great job,” West coach Joe Noble said. “Savannah came in and did a great job. (We got) a shutout in the playoffs.”

  • Professional athletes from around country reach out to local boy during his time of loss

    SUPPLY—The last few weeks have been anything but typical for 11-year-old London Chandler Robinson.

    On Wednesday, May 4, he received tragic news that his mother, Heidi Robinson, had fallen 14 stories from a hotel balcony to her death. Two years ago on June 6, London’s father, Mark Walker, passed away from heart complications.

    London lives with longtime family friends Kelley and Tommy Robinson, and they are seeing to it that London keeps a smile on his face.

  • Pastor honored through celebration

    Church honors pastor

    STAFF REPORT

    BOLIVIA–Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia is kicking off a series to honor retired pastors in the local area at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, with a service honoring the Rev. Weston Varnum.

    Varnum accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 31. Desiring to become a preacher, he began prayer meetings and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel at Sabbath Home Baptist Church.

    He studied at Piedmont Bible College and then graduated at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 1954.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    •Shaqjitta Shanee Jones, 18, of 302 East Oak Island Drive, was arrested for simple assault in the Shallotte Crossing parking lot. After a wreck in the parking lot, police discovered a fight.

  • Ronald McDonald House fundraiser is Sunday

    SUPPLY—Eight-month-old Jordyn Rylee Quent’s will to survive has surprised even the doctors.

    Diagnosed at birth as having a severe immune system deficiency, doctors ran tests and found that her immunoglobulin levels were undetectable.

    “We were told this meant she had no immune system and the smallest infection could kill her,” Kristina Schaible said. “We thought she was literally going to be a bubble baby.”

    Doctors immediately rushed the family to Chapel Hill for further testing.

  • Motion denied for murder suspect

    BOLIVIA—A motion arguing against a $1 million bond for a murder suspect was denied in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart said attorney Michael Willis filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of his client Craig Bryant, charged with the 2008 murder and armed robbery of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, last Friday, May 13.

  • Nine of 22 nonprofits approved for funding in county budget

    BOLIVIA—Of the 22 nonprofit organizations that requested funding in the 2011-2012 fiscal year county budget, nine have been recommended for funding.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled a proposed $190 million operating budget to county commissioners.

    Total recommended funding for nonprofits is down from the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-two nonprofit organizations requested $868,000 in funding, and Lawing recommended $357,000, down from the current fiscal year’s total of $421,000.

  • Two South Carolina women arrested for prostitution

    Two South Carolina women have been arrested in a prostitution sting in Brunswick County.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier said the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit has increased its prostitution-related arrests because they continue to receive community complaints about prostitution activities in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit was formed in February as a collaboration between the sheriff’s office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.