Today's News

  • Ousted tax administrator’s wife addresses board

    Diane Bagby is standing by her man.

    Her husband Tom Bagby recently resigned his post as Brunswick County Tax Administrator at the request of the board of commissioners.

    While Tom Bagby said last week he was surprised by the commissioners’ request for his resignation, Diane Bagby had much more to say at Monday night’s county commissioners’ meeting.

    Diane Bagby argued Tom Bagby was not given an opportunity to express his opinion after the board made its decision at its last meeting, even though he was at the meeting.

  • Local food producers, sellers organizing, getting the word out

    GRISSETTOWN—Farmers, ranchers and gardeners need to start thinking of themselves as marketers if they want to launch a successful local food initiative in Brunswick County.

    That’s what Annette Dunlap of the N.C. Department of Agriculture told a group of interested farmers and retailers gathered at Silver Coast Winery Friday morning for the first of many meetings to discuss the county’s growing local food movement.

  • Sweepstakes request dealt a delay in Calabash

    CALABASH—A request for a conditional use permit for a sweepstakes business was tabled Monday night by the Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    Chris Wisdo has submitted an application for a special/conditional use permit for 13 gaming-station computers in Calabash Plaza in the town's central business district.

    "We're considering a computer that offers a sweepstakes," said Wisdo, comparing the venture to contests offered by Pepsi and McDonald's.

  • Breaking NewsTractor trailer accident causes delays on U.S. 74-76

    Brunswick County emergency officials are urging motorists on U.S. 74-46 westbound and U.S. 421 southbound to use caution after an earlier wreck.

    According to emergency officials, a tractor trailer traveling south on U.S. 421 wrecked while exiting into the westbound lane of U.S. 74-76 around noon Tuesday.

    The U.S. 421 exit ramp as well as the right lane of U.S. 74-76 will be closed for an extended period of time for cleanup. Motorists are urged to use caution as they pass through this area and to expect delays.

  • Oyster festival deemed damp, but not dreary success

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Even the rains couldn’t keep people away from their oysters last weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Altman said last weekend’s N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach was a success, despite a slow rainy start to the two-day festival on Saturday.

    “I think all in all it was successful, especially Sunday. Typically, Sunday is a slower day for us. This year, Sunday was like our Saturday,” Altman said.

  • EDC director says economy hasn’t yet harmed future plans

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw says the downward-spiraling economy is the worst he’s seen in his career, but it so far hasn’t deterred developers and industrial executives from considering the county as a site for future business.

    Bradshaw said recently he expects to make two announcements of new industries by the end of the year.

    “We’ve got clients who are still looking,” he said. “They haven’t phased back.”

  • Former Holden Beach police officer sues town

    A former Holden Beach police officer has sued the town of Holden Beach.

    Terri Oxford filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8 for gender discrimination and wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and for common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Oxford, who worked for the police department from 1999 until 2008, claims in her lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is a female. She further claims she was harassed and retaliated against for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

  • Sunset Beach brakes for bike path tweaks

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans for future bicycle and pedestrian paths continue to be scrutinized in Sunset Beach.

    Last week, the Sunset Beach Planning Board instructed consultant Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Regional Council of Governments to tweak plans presented at an Oct. 16 meeting.

    The board wants Eggert to include paths on the Sunset Beach island, town administrator Gary Parker said.

  • An ounce of preventionee

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell always says one of the main goals of the department is to reduce the number of fires in the district by educating the public about fire safety and having the proper preventive measures in place.

    Dunwell, fire marshal Andrew Thompson, members of the Shallotte Fire Corps, the department’s volunteers, as well as the paid firefighters are always planning new ways to educate the public, especially through their “fire and life safety education” initiatives.

  • Mail thefts reported in Sea Trail

    Sunset Beach police are investigating a spate of mail thefts reported last week in Sea Trail.

    Six residents of Ricemill Circle, Forest Creek Road, Baroney Place and Crooked Gulley Circle reported mail was removed from their mailboxes sometime Friday, Oct. 17.

    Items reported stolen included bank checks, a DVD, and birthday and Halloween cards. One victim reported someone used his mail to fraudulently apply for a credit card in the victim's name.

    Most of the victims are retirees.