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Today's News

  • Commissioners choose not to put sales tax increase referendum on fall ballot

    A sales tax increase won’t go to a vote again in 2014.

    Brunswick County commissioners saw too many hurdles to overcome to put the quarter-cent sales tax increase referendum back on the ballot in November.

    The board members made the decision at the July 21 county meeting.

    They didn’t vote on the decision, but came to a consensus while deciding how to respond to a request for a second referendum by a number of town mayors.

  • New charter school opens in Brunswick County

     SOUTHPORT — While many youngsters across Brunswick County are enjoying their last month of summer fun, 86 students filed into the brand new South Brunswick Charter School for the first day of school.

    South Brunswick Charter, which is operated by Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), opened its doors last July 22 and became the second charter school in the county.

    RBA also operates Charter Day School in Leland.

  • With limited access to painkillers, addicts turn to heroin

     BOLIVIA — When the prescription painkiller problem was at its peak three years ago, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier began working on solutions to combat the problem.

    Three years later, the diversion of prescription medication is down in Brunswick County, but deaths and the rise in the use of heroin are on the rise because of limited access to the pills.

  • Shallotte announces recipients of Main Street grants

     SHALLOTTE — With plans for a new park to open next year and ideas of riverfront development in the future, the landscape of Shallotte is rapidly changing.

    In the meantime, with the help of the town, some Shallotte businesses will upgrade their own landscaping.

  • Belville Riverwalk receives PARTF, Duke Foundation grants

    BELVILLE – Phase 1 of Belville’s plan for a riverwalk along the Brunswick River is fully funded thanks to successful grant applications.

    At the Belville town meeting July 28, officials received a $55,970 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and then announced the town’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund application was fully funded at $160,900.

  • Brunswick County beach loggerhead turtle critical habitats unwelcome

    Three Brunswick County beaches were designated critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles, but local beach, and turtle, advocates don’t see much of a benefit.

    On July 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) and the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) created the critical habitat designation for loggerhead sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act. The critical habitats include North Carolina coastal counties.

  • County seeks input on grinder pump fees at Aug. 18 public hearing

    Brunswick County commissioners set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to establish grinder maintenance fees for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Public utilities director Jerry Pierce said the fees have helped his department cover the costs to upgrade sewer service when the county takes over a municipal system.

    The county board approved the Grinder Pump Maintenance Policy in 2008.

    Under the terms of the policy, the county began maintaining grinder pump stations that provide sewer service to single-family homes.

  • Twin Lakes deed issue on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Residents are poised to voice opposition at Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming meeting Aug. 4 about a proposal for two private lakes to be deeded to the town.

  • Detectives ask for public’s help locating larceny suspects

     Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating five people they say committed multiple larcenies from businesses in the Holden Beach area.

    They are looking for a white woman, a white man and three black men, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The white woman has long brown hair and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black and white paints and Reef sandals.

    The white man was last seen wearing an orange shirt and gray stretch pants.

  • Carolina Shores gets state reimbursement for ice storm costs

    CAROLINA SHORES — Four months after cleanup, the town of Carolina Shores has received more than $111,000 in state disaster assistance for debris management removal from this past winter’s ice storm.

    A check reimbursing the town $111,729.57 for its $155,000 cost undertaking debris cleanup from mid-February to March arrived last week through efforts of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety working through the Division of Emergency Management.