Today's News

  • Sunset Beach council scrutinizing proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun combing through the town’s proposed budget document for fiscal year 2015-16.

    At the first of at least two budgetary work sessions this week, council convened Tuesday morning, April 28, to question department heads about line-item expenditures for the proposed $5,834,663 budget for the upcoming fiscal year that takes effect July 1 and tentatively calls for a 6-cent tax increase, from 10.5 cents to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation.

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  • Citizen’s novel challenge not eligible per revised district policy

     BOLIVIA — A challenge to a controversial novel for the second time in as many years is not eligible for consideration based on a revised policy by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Frankie Wood attempted to formally challenge Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which is included in the library of West Brunswick High School.

  • Belville budget could rise to $1.2M with intent to hold tax rate steady

    BELVILLE — Belville released a draft budget at its Monday, April 27, town commissioners meeting and will bring the final draft to the May 18 regular meeting.

    The preliminary draft budget based on revenues for 2015-16 is $1,209,980.

    The property tax rate is proposed to remain at $0.0683 per $100 valuation the same rate used for 2014-15. But the rate could change pending the revaluation.

    For a home valued at $150,000, the tax would come to $102.45.

  • ALREADY SOLD: Buyer snaps up Sunset Beach's first Southern Living Showcase Home

    SUNSET BEACH — The area’s first Southern Living Showcase Home has already been sold, but visitors have a chance to tour it for the next two weekends.

    The Southern Living Builder Showcase Home at 8826 Kirkcaldy Court in the Thistle Estates residential and golf community in Sunset Beach, built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes of Ocean Isle Beach, has been open for tours since April 17.

  • Leland to pay full price for Brunswick Forest lights

    Leland officials agreed to pay the full cost for a set of streetlights in Brunswick Forest despite a recent change in town policy.

    Leland pays for streetlight service on public maintained roads, which is a major expense for the town, costing almost $500,000 a year.

    While roads become public properties maintained by the town, streetlights are actually leased from the power company that serves the area.

  • Bus malfunction forces evacuation

    A school bus taking students to Lincoln Elementary School in Leland malfunctioned Tuesday, April 28, forcing the evacuation of students from the bus. No one was injured.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Bus No. 210, which was transporting about 30 students, “experienced a mechanical issue this morning resulting in engine smoke,” which she identified as a turbo charger failure which caused oil to lead into the hot exhaust.

  • Strawberry fields ripen for picking

    Cold, wet weather has put a bit of a damper on this year’s crop of strawberries.

    “I can sum it up in four letters — rain,” said David Holden, co-owner of Holden Brothers Farm Market on U.S. 17 just south of Shallotte.

    “It like to totally destroyed (the season),” he said.

    But the popular produce market’s pick-your-own strawberry fields have been open and ready for business.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man dies in motorcycle crash

     An Ocean Isle Beach man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a tree along Bricklanding Road on April 17.

    Forty-four-year-old Al Porter of East Long Acres Road was pronounced dead on the scene after his motorcycle struck a tree around a sharp curve near Bricklanding Road and Goose Lane, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Crocker said the weather was a possible cause as the area experienced heavy rain throughout the day of Porter’s death.

  • Carolina Shores moves toward annexation

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a May 7 public hearing to consider annexing property for a future medical facility.

    Up for consideration for voluntary annexation are two noncontiguous Brunswick County parcels owned by Coastal Medical Properties LLC, three noncontiguous parcels and a contiguous parcel owned by Willow Tree Brunswick LLC and a contiguous parcel owned by Novant Properties LLC.

  • Brunswick Community College Southport campus nearing completion

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Community College president Dr. Susanne Adams spoke with great pride recently about the final stages of construction at the college’s Southport campus.

    After college officials defaulted the initial general contracting company, the college hired Barnhill Contracting Co. and completion of the college’s Southport campus is expected in the coming months.

    Initially, the annex at the Southport campus was scheduled to open to January but the date was pushed back on at least two occasions.