Today's News

  • Planned south-end BCC facility still in early stages

    Planned south-end BCC facility still in early stages



    CALABASH—A new campus center for the South Brunswick Islands is still in the initial development stage, a spokeswoman for Brunswick Community College said this week.

    The south-end BCC campus center is planned for construction on a 10-acre site off Thomasboro Road, about a half-mile east of U.S. 17.

    BCC spokeswoman Liz McLean said Monday the new facility is still in the early planning phase.

  • Commissioners to vote to submit ‘shovel-ready’ projects for stimulus funds

    Fueled by rampant speculation about President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed economic stimulus package, local, state and federal agencies are vying for stimulus funding and left wondering when they’ll receive checks.

    “There’s still a lot of speculation out there as far as what the stimulus package is going to include,” Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said. “There has been more and more talk of less funding for counties and municipalities, and more for federal projects, or road or highway projects.”

  • County to offer payment options for property taxes

    While nearly 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid their 2008 property taxes, the tax department is offering payment options for those experiencing hardships due to current economic conditions.

    Brunswick County Tax Collector Ken Perry said about 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid property taxes, and he expects that number to increase to 90 percent by the end of the month.

  • Bass files second complaint against Cardinal Pointe, faces eviction

    SHALLOTTE—Cardinal Pointe resident Amy Bass this month filed a second complaint against the apartment complex management alleging harassment. She has since been served eviction papers.

    Bass was to present her case against eviction in front of a magistrate in the Brunswick County Courthouse on Wednesday. She had planned to ask for a continuance until the complaint can be investigated.

  • Leland man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Leland man was killed after his car ran off the road and overturned early Monday morning near Leland.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris, Lyman Dick Haskett Jr., 60, of 1992 Maco Road, was traveling south on N.C. 87 when his vehicle ran off the road and overturned around 5:40 a.m. Monday.

    Morris said Haskett, who was driving a 1995 Nissan pickup truck, ran off the road on the right shoulder, struck a ditch and overturned. The truck came to rest lying on its top.

  • Easley’s last ‘Booze it and Lose it’ nets more than 4,000 DWI arrests

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, who was succeeded as governor by Bev Perdue on Saturday, announced the last statewide driving while impaired campaign under his direction netted more than 4,000 driving while impaired arrests.

    In addition to 4,430 driving while impaired citations issued during the holiday “Booze it & Lose it” campaign, law enforcement officers also issued more than 155,000 traffic and criminal citations during the holiday campaign throughout North Carolina.

    The holiday campaign ran from Dec. 1, 2008, to Jan. 4, 2009.

  • Coastal homeowners’ insurance rates soar compared to inland counties’ rates

    Brunswick County is one of 18 coastal counties throughout the state slated to suffer severe rate increases in homeowners’ insurance.

    But not all North Carolina counties will see a rate increase, according to a recently approved rate schedule.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long approved a 29.8 percent rate increase for Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Carteret counties rather than the 69.8 percent increase originally requested for the five-county region.

  • Orchestra leader Fred Waring helped develop the Waring blender

    Although the company is named after Fred Waring, a popular entertainer of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, Waring did not actually invent the blender. He did, however, perfect the original version and introduce this version to retailers and consumers, which ultimately became a big success.

  • New Knock Out roses are appearing in catalogs

    Even in this era of e-mail and instant messaging, gardeners still use the cool evenings of January to peruse those gorgeous garden catalogs and make plans for the fast-approaching spring season.

    Get your name on one list and you’ll have a mailbox overflowing with catalogs of everything garden-related.

  • New Year’s Resolutions! Are they meant to be broken this early?

    My guess is gardening resolutions for the New Year are still sounding good and achievable this early into the year. So what happens later on to those resolutions? Hopefully, they were made based on some sense of reality.

    We must learn how to cope with things beyond our control. Ground pearl and certain invasive weeds come to mind. Major weather events had us scrambling last year to keep our plants alive. You can’t always be able to correct some of these problems and the best we can do is minimize their impacts on the landscape.