Today's News

  • Calabash mayor makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like the county to actively explore.

  • Residents get on board with public transportation

    Having access to public transportation is more than just a convenience for Joyce Marlowe of Ash—it’s a necessity.

    Diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia in 1997, Marlowe sees a chiropractor twice a week and her regular physician about once a month. Like everyone else, she also has regular errands to run and other appointments to meet. Unlike everyone else, her illness leaves her unable to drive.

  • County, city tax bills joined for 13 towns

    Brunswick County taxpayers should begin receiving their tax bills Saturday.

    But for residents of nine municipalities, there’s a slight change in their bills.

    Residents of Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Carolina Shores, Leland, Northwest, Shallotte, Sunset Beach and Bald Head Island will receive only one tax bill this year, with both the county and the town taxes together on one bill.

  • Doberman owners vow to fight Brunswick County's dangerous dog ruling

    BOLIVIA—Over protests, a county committee upheld a dangerous dog designation for two Doberman pinschers a resident said threatened her in June.

    The decision came Monday during an appeals hearing before the environmental health committee of the Brunswick County Board of Health.

    Thirty people, many of them sporting paper buttons reading, “Free Teddy & Nina” with photos of the rescued dogs, turned out in support of the dogs and their owners, Larry Kirby and Diane Robinson of Bald Head Island.

  • 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.

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  • 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.