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Today's News

  • County proposes water rate increases

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy said county water rates require adjustment as the utility department faces $10 million in infrastructure needs in the next 10 years.

    That is why Hardy recommends a retail customer rate increase by $1 a month.

    During an April 9 budget workshop, Hardy noted the retail rate has not increased since 1999 and block rates have stayed the same amount since 2002.

    She also recommended increasing irrigation rates for usage tiers greater than 6,000 gallons per month

  • Commissioners explore BCC funding options

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College could see a different funding method than in past years when the county board of commissioners decides on a new budget.

    After Brunswick County resident James Moore questioned whether the county is putting too much taxpayer money into the community college last fall, the administration reviewed the funding method for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Moore said the county’s funding formula, based on the county’s tax base and debt obligations, became over-generous because of a miscalculation.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 5

    Michael Anthony Leal, 33, 9387 Night Harbor Drive, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired on U.S. 17.

    Kyle Mitchell Prince, 25, 146 Wild Raven St., Shallotte, arrested on charges of driving while impaired and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 4

    Jayme Lynn Schmidt, 21, 190 Royal Oak Road, cited for shoplifting items valued at $7.88 from Walmart.

    Gladys Alberta Martin, 49, 3747 Strawberry Way Road, cited for shoplifting items valued at $10.95 from Walmart.

    April 5

    Billy Lee Morris Jr., 51, 1164 Woodview Circle, Ocean Isle Beach, cited for possession of a stolen registration plate.

  • Brunswick County unemployment numbers fall in February

    After three months of unemployment rate increases in Brunswick County, the rate fell in February to 8.0 percent.

    According to unemployment numbers released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, unemployment dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent reported for January 2014.

    Brunswick County hit a low of 7.7 percent unemployment in October 2013, which was the culmination of a yearlong decrease in unemployment numbers.

  • Training heats up airport certification course for fire departments

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The fireballs Ocean Isle Beach firefighters and members of other Brunswick, Pender and Onslow county fire departments were facing last Thursday were part of their training.

    Firefighters working toward their certification for handling airport and airplane emergencies got out of the classroom and met at the OIB airport for some live action drills.

    “It gives it a little more reality with the flames and the heat associated with it,” Brunswick County Fire/Rescue Coordinator John Winders said.

  • Two dozen town boards support county sales tax referendum

    Two dozen municipal boards have endorsed Brunswick County’s referendum for a quarter-cent sales tax increase.

    On Feb. 24, county board members voted 4-1 to add the voter referendum for the sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot.

    Since then, County Manager Ann Hardy and staff have attended meetings of town boards and civic groups to present information on the reason the tax increase is needed: for school facility improvements and beach renourishment and dredging.

  • No Fourth of July fireworks for second summer in Calabash

    CALABASH — For the second year, there will be no Fourth of July fireworks show in the Seafood Capital.

    Town commissioners voted 4-1 last week not to have the celebration that previously took place for four consecutive summers through 2012.

  • Events commemorate spring, Easter season

     

    The spring and Easter season will be celebrated in style this week with a number of events planned in and around Brunswick County.

    Southport Spring Festival

    The annual event is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Franklin Square Park. Admission is free.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Highlights include more than 150 crafters, entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities.

  • Rita Coolidge at Brunswick Community College on April 24

     IF YOU GO

    What: Rita Coolidge

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $30 adults; $28 seniors 65 and older and BCC employees; $11 children 12 and younger; plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

    Grammy award-winning singer Rita Coolidge will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.