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Today's News

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects June 15-22.

    •Douglas Wayne Piver, 47, of Midway Road, Whiteville, was arrested and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, resisting a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, driving while license revoked and driving while impaired on June 16.

    •Larceny of fishing equipment was reported June 17 on Ocean Boulevard West.

  • Is extra-virgin olive oil always the best oil to use when cooking?

     Olive oil has long been one of the most popular and healthy cooking oils in the world. This Mediterranean wonder has long been a top selling oil in America and throughout the rest of the world.

    Whether it’s used in cooking with sauces or used in dressings or just drizzled over fresh vegetables or pasta, extra-virgin olive oil, the highest quality of oil, has an acidity of less than one percent, according to the International Olive Oil Council.

  • County budget OK’d with no tax increase, layoffs

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which included no tax increases and no layoffs of county employees.

    Commissioners approved the $196 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which takes effect July 1, at their regular meeting Monday. The budget keeps the ad valorem tax rate at 30.5 cents per $100 of property valuation—29.5 cents in tax and a 1-cent repayment for a Brunswick Community College bond approved by voters in 2004.

  • Board of equalization and review votes to stay Coastal Companies’ property assessments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Equalization and Review on Tuesday denied nine appeals filed with the board challenging county-assessed property values on behalf of developer Mark Saunders’ various enterprises.

    The board denied eight appeals that included 930 parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge, Ocean Ridge SeaWatch and Eagle Point.

  • County approves contract for new medical provider for detention center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a three-year contract with Correct Care Solutions for comprehensive medical, dental and mental health services for inmates at Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Nashville, Tenn.-based Correct Care Solutions replaces Southern Health Partners for jail medical services beginning July 1, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

  • Sweepstakes workers decry town fees, threaten lawsuit

    Beach Internet Café beside Lowe’s Foods in Shallotte is a brightly lit storefront stocked with 46 computer screens, open from 9 a.m. to midnight, where people come in, buy Internet time and receive sweepstakes entries that could result in cash winnings.

    But come July, the shop could be out of business, now that the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has enacted a $1,000 per-machine fee effective July 1.

  • May home sales up over April, down from last year

    Home sales in Brunswick County increased last month over April, going from 119 to 151, but the number was a drop from May 2009 when the total hit 170.

    Even with the up-and-down numbers, local Realtors and developers say they are seeing increase in buyer interest—mainly in the less-expensive homes and properties.

    “Things have picked up some,” Linda Stephens of Rampage Realty on the Holden Beach mainland said this week, but, “It’s not what it should be.”

  • Shallotte approves budget with no tax increase; water, sewer fees will rise

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has approved the 2010-2011 budget, with a total of $3,839,532 in the general fund and $3,365,927 in the water/sewer fund.

    The new budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    “This will be a tight budget year in many respects as a result of the slow economy and the recession that began nationwide in January of 2008,” Hughes said in his budget message to the board Tuesday night.

  • YES! for summer camps at Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—More than 30 children took to the stage Monday morning at Odell Williamson Auditorium. They rehearsed lines, music and staging for their upcoming production of “Dreamers.”

    Across the Brunswick Community College campus, another group of children began to learn how to speak Spanish.

  • ‘No major issues’ but town reminds beachgoers safety first

    It’s been several years since Ocean Isle Beach town commissioners voted to ban cabanas from the beach, but John Goodwin, police chief, said it’s a violation beach patrol officers address daily.

    “We don’t allow cabanas on the beach, and people are still trying to use them,” Goodwin said. “There’s nothing the officers can do. [They] have to go along with what the town ordinance says.”

    Although officers have to remind people daily, Goodwin said most everyone is cooperative and understands the rule.