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Today's News

  • Brunswick County now authorized to accept passport applications

    The Brunswick County Register of Deeds Office is now authorized to accept U.S. passport applications in Brunswick County.

    During September, the office has been authorized by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Passport Services, to provide an outreach program within Brunswick County.

    Citizens who wish to apply may do so from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 3 at Sunset Beach Town Hall and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 3 at Carolina Shores Town Hall.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Aug. 4-7.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Business briefs

    Walker joins staff of Sunset Rentals

    Betty Walker is the newest member of the staff at Sunset Beach Rentals and Sales.

    Walker will specialize in beach sales and assisting with property management. She owned and operated firms in Eden and Greensboro before moving to Brunswick County in 1998.

    Having several real estate professional designations, including GRI, CRS and ABR, she began her association with her former company, Century 21 Sunset Realty, in June 2006. In June 2008 she was awarded the company’s Excellence Award for meeting company sales goals in 2007.

  • 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.