Today's News

  • Split board votes to enter into agreement with CIS for grant application

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education was nearly split last week when deciding if it would enter into an agreement with Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. for a partnership in a $1 million grant application. The grant does not require the school board to match any funds.

    Patsy Thrift, CIS program operations officer, said the four-year grant would provide at-risk students at Cedar Grove, Shallotte and Leland middle schools an after-school program using science, health and fitness initiatives.

  • Town approves budget with no tax, water or sewer increases

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioners approved the town budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, voting not to increase tax rates, water or sewer services in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The budget includes a general fund of $4,073,769; a water and sewer fund of $2,531,653; and other funds totaling $2,251,601.

    “This was a tough, tough year. A tough budget,” commissioner Dean Walters said. “I’m not happy with it.”

  • Brunswick-Columbus industrial park to receive $500K for water lines

    The N.C. Department of Commerce has awarded Columbus County $500,000 to help provide water for a joint industrial park being planned by Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    The International Logistics Park of North Carolina is a 1,280-acre site on the Brunswick-Columbus border at the U.S. 74-76 corridor.

  • Calabash Lakes homeowners pull together while town pulls bond on Portrait Homes

    CAROLINA SHORES—Homeowners in Calabash Lakes continue to manage now that Portrait Homes is no longer part of their picture.

    Bob Litz, newly elected president of the fledgling community’s homeowners association, said the HOA board met June 2 with a representative from Portrait Homes and their management company, Encore Management.

    “They have agreed to turn over the HOA to the homeowners, and that’s going to occur by the end of the month and then we’ll know more after that,” Litz said Monday.

  • Nonprofit funding slashed in light of budget woes

    BOLIVIA—Less than half of the agencies that serve Brunswick County residents have been recommended to receive any county funding in the upcoming fiscal year budget.

    Of those agencies for which funding was recommended, many are slated to receive less than they did in the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-four nonprofit agencies requested a total of $885,685, but county manager Marty Lawing recommended only $496,000 in nonprofit contributions in the budget.

  • Hospital farmers' market promotes health, wellness

    SUPPLY—On a recent June afternoon, the farmers’ market at Brunswick Community Hospital was abuzz with produce-seeking hospital employees, volunteers and visitors.

    Launched April 23, Brunswick Community Hospital plays host to a weekly farmers’ market every Thursday, where customers can browse fresh offerings of Indigo Farms without the drive out to Ash.

  • Water, water everywhere, but no drop to waste

    BOLIVIA—Twenty-five percent of the county’s water customers are using 75 percent of the county’s water and utilities director Jerry Pierce wants to curb the water waste.

    At a county commissioners’ budget retreat last week, Pierce presented water conservation rate options to commissioners. If approved, Pierce said the tiered rate structure would be implemented to encourage conservation of one of the county’s most precious commodities—water.

  • Benefit planned for wreck survivor

    A head-on collision less than a mile from her home left Esterlane Ballard with injuries so severe doctors amputated her left leg and were barely able to save the right.

    Ballard spent 21 days in the hospital and underwent six surgeries after the wreck. To help with the financial responsibility and to show support to Ballard, her family will host a benefit day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte.

    The wreck

  • Play continues at Oyster Bay course in face of pending lease foreclosure

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s business and golfing as usual at Oyster Bay Golf Links despite a pending foreclosure sale of the course’s management lease.

    Oyster Bay is one of five Grand Strand courses managed by the Legends Group being foreclosed on by General Electric Capital Corp.

    A foreclosure sale for the Oyster Bay lease is set for June 25. The lease was supposed to run through 2032.

    Larry Young of Legends Group is not contesting the foreclosures because of inability to make payments and an estimated debt of $50 million,

  • Setback increases approved for Sunset Beach island business district

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved increasing rear and side-yard setbacks for businesses that abut residential property in the beach business district.

    The amendment in the BB-1 zone on the island increases rear-yard setbacks to at least 25 feet when “a business abuts an existing residential dwelling use or any area zoned residential.”

    The minimum rear-yard setback in the commercial zone otherwise is not less than 5 feet.