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Today's News

  • Retiring BFA director Fred Stephens proud of agency teamwork

    Fred Stephens’ first three years with Brunswick Family Assistance started out the way many retirees settling here involve themselves with the nonprofit community help agency: By volunteering.

    “I was a food pantry volunteer,” recalled BFA’s 73-year-old executive director who is officially retiring this Thursday, June 30.

    “I worked every Friday morning and packed boxes of food,” Stephens said of his initial work that launched seven years ago at BFA headquarters in Shallotte.

  • Legislature abolishes Brunswick County Coroner’s Office

    The General Assembly has abolished the Brunswick County Coroner’s Office.

    Members of the House voted late Tuesday afternoon, June 28, to pass Senate Bill 215, which state Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport filed March 10, 2015. The Senate passed the bill Sept. 17.

    Legislative librarian Jane Basnight said because this is a local bill, it does not have to go to the governor’s office to be signed into law.

  • County, towns take interest in beach access court case

    Brunswick County and some of its municipalities are supporting Emerald Isle in a state Supreme Court case to protect public access to North Carolina beaches.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners have sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes.

    While the property owners lost a superior court decision and an appeal, they are taking the case to the state supreme court to be heard later this year.

  • 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.

  • Former Sheriff John Carr dies at 88

    John Carr Davis, who served as Brunswick County Sheriff from 1983 through 1994, died on his birthday Monday, June 27. He was 88.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, Sheriff John Ingram, Chief Deputy Charlie Miller and many others began their law enforcement careers under Davis’ leadership.

  • Iler seeks to delete Palm Cove from de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has requested removal of Palm Cove from legislation authorizing de-annexation in Sunset Beach.

    As Senate Bill 875 continues to stall in the House Committee on Rules, Calendar and Operations in Raleigh, Iler has requested removal of the east end island development in accordance with an agreement approved last week by town council to let Palm Cove have swimming pools, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s town board meeting.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • No tax increase in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE            — Shallotte passed its fiscal year 2016-17 budget as presented at a public hearing Thursday, June 23.