Today's News

  • Planning board recommends large event permit, solar farm regulations

    BOLIVIA — A Rick Ross rap concert promoted ultimately scrapped last year for a lack of permits led the county’s planning department to establish a large event permit process.

    At Monday’s planning board meeting, staff presented a change to the Unified Development Ordinance to provide a temporary use permit for events expected to attract more than 1,000 people.

  • County unemployment rate jumps to 5.8 percent in November

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.8 percent in November from 5.2 percent for October.

    Brunswick County unemployment was at 5.8 percent in March 2017 before dropping to 5 percent unemployment in April through May.

    The unemployment rate was at its lowest in June at 4.8 percent, then rose to 5 percent in July and 5.1 percent in August and fell again to 4.9 percent for September.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in November 2016.

  • Eleven candidates file for election

    The filing period for the May 8 primary election began at noon Monday and continues through noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.

    Board of Elections director Sara Knotts announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, will determine one-stop early voting locations for the primary.

  • The signage, like the Jurassic age, should die off


    When I hear that word, I know somebody is making plans. There’s a conceptual plan or a master plan in the works. Or it’s a budget planning season.

    And when those plans are made, way down the list of priorities is the need for signs to let everyone know the plan is complete and if you follow the signs you can see the result.

    I get that. There will always be a need for a sign, or signs, to help us find our way.

    But how in the world did that translate into “signage?”

    Oh, how I hate that word.

  • BCAR discusses legislative priorities for 2018

    SUPPLY — The Brunswick County Association of Realtors hosted a legislative breakfast Feb. 9 without the legislators.

    “You’re all about to see a tap dance because the elected officials we invited to be here this morning, all of them had conflicts,” said Tyler Newman, president and CEO of the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy and BCAR governmental affairs director.

    “But all of them are doing what they are supposed to be doing.”

    Newman said Congressman David Rouzer was on his way back from Washington, D.C.

  • House declines to hear Senate-amended GenX bill

    The state House of Representatives declined to address a Senate-amended version of House Bill 189 to fund testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants Tuesday.

    “The House passed (its) version of the bill almost unanimously. But the Senate monkeyed with it so bad the House did not want anything to do with it,” said Rep. Deb Butler of Wilmington, whose district includes the northern portion of Brunswick County.

    Butler said the bill is not expected to come up for discussion again until May’s short session.

  • Bureau seeks rate hike for rental home, beach house insurance

    Following a homeowners insurance rate increase request in November 2017, the North Carolina Rate Bureau filed for a dwelling insurance rate increase Feb. 7.

    The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the N.C. Department of Insurance, represents all companies writing property insurance in the state.

  • Taste tests in school lunchrooms lets students add produce to menu

    WINNABOW — Who knew offering kids a free dessert at lunchtime could get them to try blueberries?

    FoodCorps service member Casey Auch and Town Creek Elementary School child nutrition manager Nancy Mintz had an idea when they hosted a blueberry cobbler taste test during lunch at the school Feb. 8.

  • Brunswick County’s pets deserve to have safe homes, too

    After more than four years of putting it off, I finally visited Cat Tails, a feline-only rescue and shelter in Ocean Isle Beach on Sunday. I’d avoided it for so long because when it comes to kitties who need a home, I want to offer mine to them — all of them. That’s how all six of my cats made me their mom.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a one-day session with committee meetings and votes on the class size bill, we had movement in the Senate on the GenX/Emerging contaminants bill, and I was able to attend some meetings in the district.

    On Feb. 5 we were informed we would be in Raleigh the night of Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 for voting sessions. This changed several times, but I still went to Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon, although no votes were actually held that night.