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Today's News

  • Tourism officials seek increase in state tourism marketing budget

    The N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development is seeking more money for tourism marketing in the 2008-2009 state budget to keep up with other Southeastern states, all but one of which outspend N.C. every year.

    The current year’s budget is $13.6 million, compared to $28.1 million in South Carolina and $18.5 million in Virginia.

    Among Southern states, only Alabama has a smaller tourism marketing budget, $12.6 million.

  • TDA set to adopt more than $1 million annual budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is set to vote on its 2008-2009, $1.06 million budget at its June 25 meeting.

    The money comes from 1 percent of revenue from accommodations, which the 10-member authority oversees and spends to promote the Brunswick Islands through ad campaigns and e-mails.

  • Commissioners make wellness program voluntary for a year

    For the second time in two weeks, county commissioners’ chambers overflowed with county employees awaiting the fate of a proposed wellness plan.

    The wellness plan made its second appearance on the commissioners’ agenda Monday night after commissioners tabled the matter at their May 19 meeting.

    This time a decision was reached.

    The wellness program with Living Well Health Solutions would be optional for the first year, but the program’s success depends on employee participation, commissioners chairman Bill Sue said.

  • Brunswick County Emergency Services hosts second annual hurricane forum

    June 1 was the official start of the Atlantic Basin’s hurricane season, but Arthur couldn’t wait. On May 31, it became the season’s first named storm.

    Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service are predicting a “near normal” or “above normal” hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin and Brunswick County Emergency Services wants to help residents prepare should a hurricane strike.

  • Former sheriff's state charges still pending

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt made former sheriff Ronald Hewett listen to what the U.S. Attorney’s Office could prove he did “beyond a reasonable doubt,” before accepting Hewett’s plea agreement Monday morning.

    As Hewett sat stoically at the defendant’s table with his attorney, W. Douglas Parsons, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy read the U.S. Attorney’s Office case against Hewett.

  • New hospital, new name for Brunswick County

    SUPPLY—A little more than two years after Novant Health took over Brunswick Community Hospital, Brunswick County will have a new hospital.

    Novant officials hosted a construction kickoff Monday at the future site of Brunswick County’s new hospital, about three miles from the current hospital on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    When deciding on a name for the new 74-bed facility, hospital president and CEO Denise Mihal said community members urged Novant officials to keep “Brunswick” in the hospital’s name.

  • Ipock to speak at Sunset River Marketplace's 'Creative Exchange Series'

    Sunset River Marketplace’s “Creative Exchange” series continues with Ann Ipock, author, humorist and speaker, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.

    Lunch is included at no charge and RSVP’s are required due to limited seating.

    Ipock is a biweekly humor columnist with the Georgetown Times, (recently renamed The Times) South Carolina’s oldest newspaper.

  • Brunswick County restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    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.

  • Martin joins Wakefield Development as broker at Kingfish Bay Community

    Wakefield Development Company’s Coastal Division has announced Jana Martin as a broker/sales associate for the Kingfish Bay Community in Calabash.

    “Jana brings a keen knowledge of the area and a record of success in real estate sales,” said Jim Wiseman, senior vice president of Wakefield Development Company's Coastal Division. “We are fortunate to have her join our talented sales staff and I am confident, we will continue to excel as a team.”

  • Annexation efforts moving more smoothly in Calabash

    CALABASH—Residents had more questions than complaints last month about the town’s plans to annex their neighborhoods along Beach Drive.

    Three weeks after a roomful of residents turned out April 29 to express reservations about the town’s plans to annex a 174.4-acre area between the Calabash River and Sunset Beach, residents were back, this time with more questions about what Calabash will provide.

    The 20-minute annexation hearing May 20 consisted of residents asking about a timeline and procedures for streets dedication to the town.