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Today's News

  • Scam Smarts Part I: Education, vigilance key to avoiding scams

    You’re at home, watching the latest game on your TV, when suddenly your landline rings. You pick it up, wondering if it’s a loved one giving you a call.

    It’s not.

    Instead, it is an excited voice telling you you’ve won a sweepstakes trip on a cruise. You feel the excitement bubble over to your side of the line. Then you pause, because there’s just one problem: You never entered a sweepstakes to win a cruise.

  • Leland approves 2016-17 budget with tax rate increase

    LELAND — Leland officials approved the 2016-17 budget, including a 3.18-cent tax increase, at a special meeting Thursday, June 23.

    The budget for 2016-17 totals $10.6 million, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    The tax number on a Leland home valued at $212,000 with the proposed tax rate of .1833 would generate $388.60 compared with $321.18 at the .1515 tax rate. Leland had kept its tax rate at .1515 per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of kidnapping

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is incarcerated on $1 million bail amid accusations he assaulted his wife, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner, and held her against her will.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged 45-year-old Richard Channing Joyner Jr., of Ocean Highway West, with second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show he was booked about 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, when the alleged crimes took place.

  • Belville raises tax rate to 9 cents for 2016-17

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners approved a tax rate increase on a split vote Monday night, June 27.

    The town’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

    Commissioners voted 3-1 to approve the increase with Joe Breault, Donna Schardien and Noreen Slattery approving the decision while Pat O’Bryant opposed it.

    At the meeting, Town Administrator Athina Williams reviewed the $816,000 proposed budget, which recommended no tax increase, she first proposed to the commissioners during the May 23 town meeting.

  • HB parks and rec board changes meeting schedule

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach parks and recreation board members voted Thursday, June 23, to move their meetings to first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. to precede the town’s board of commissioners meeting.

    The next parks and rec board meeting will be Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m.

    Board members also discussed, at the request of Holden Beach commissioner Peter Freer, the possibility of a beach ambassador program, which would entail people serving on a committee to welcome tourists remind them of beach rules.

  • Brunswick County real estate market heats up

    The real estate market in Brunswick County continues to heat up, according to the most recent statistics released from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    With more than $84,000,000 in sales, May was the most active month to date for Brunswick County this year. Additionally, the number of units sold and average sales price were the highest for any month this year.

  • A most memorable visit to Holden Beach

    By Anita Prater

    Guest Columnist

    My sister, Mary Gillum, and I have been visiting Holden Beach for many years with our families. This year’s trip will be the most memorable.

  • Elections board works on relocating two voting sites

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board decided to combine two Election Day polling places into one and relocate another polling site to a new building at the same facility during its June 20 meeting.

    Board members voted to move voters from the Belville 3 precinct that had voted at Leland Middle School to the same site as the Belville 2 precinct at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC).

  • Tax distribution bill not part of state budget update

    A Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax revenues for Brunswick County and its municipalities did not make it into the budget the two branches of the general assembly are finalizing.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing changes to LOST distribution, which County Manger Ann Hardy reported could cost the county $2.4 million annually.

    SB 846 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax monies to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a final 2016-17 budget bill, we modified a major transportation bill, we saw two bills of local interest studied and we received more visitors from back home.