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Today's News

  • Former K9 officer guides puppy-mill rescue dogs at Brunswick shelter

    SUPPLY — When five German shepherds were seized from a puppy mill bust last month in Duplin County, they were transferred to the right place.

    Lt. Tommy Tolley, a former K9 officer who serves as director of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services, has been working with the rescued dogs since the bust and rescue of more than 50 dogs March 21 by Duplin County Animal Services.

  • County proposes water rate increases

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy said county water rates require adjustment as the utility department faces $10 million in infrastructure needs in the next 10 years.

    That is why Hardy recommends a retail customer rate increase by $1 a month.

    During an April 9 budget workshop, Hardy noted the retail rate has not increased since 1999 and block rates have stayed the same amount since 2002.

    She also recommended increasing irrigation rates for usage tiers greater than 6,000 gallons per month

  • Commissioners explore BCC funding options

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College could see a different funding method than in past years when the county board of commissioners decides on a new budget.

    After Brunswick County resident James Moore questioned whether the county is putting too much taxpayer money into the community college last fall, the administration reviewed the funding method for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Moore said the county’s funding formula, based on the county’s tax base and debt obligations, became over-generous because of a miscalculation.

  • Agents seek Southport man on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit is looking for a Southport man who is wanted on drug charges.

    Christian Dale Moore, 29, faces possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute cocaine, possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for the sale, manufacture or distribution of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

  • Two dozen town boards support county sales tax referendum

    Two dozen municipal boards have endorsed Brunswick County’s referendum for a quarter-cent sales tax increase.

    On Feb. 24, county board members voted 4-1 to add the voter referendum for the sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot.

    Since then, County Manager Ann Hardy and staff have attended meetings of town boards and civic groups to present information on the reason the tax increase is needed: for school facility improvements and beach renourishment and dredging.

  • Sunset, Ocean Isle Beach reps hold neighborly meeting

    SUNSET BEACH – Officials from Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach sat down to discuss areas of interest between the neighboring towns Tuesday.

    One of the topics they discussed was finding areas where the two towns could share one service.

    “Are there services we each provide that we could share that could save each of us some money?” Sunset Beach Commissioner Carol Scott asked.

    “My bet is there are a number of areas, if we did work together we could save some dollars.”

  • No Fourth of July fireworks for second summer in Calabash

    CALABASH — For the second year, there will be no Fourth of July fireworks show in the Seafood Capital.

    Town commissioners voted 4-1 last week not to have the celebration that previously took place for four consecutive summers through 2012.

  • Brunswick County unemployment numbers fall in February

    After three months of unemployment rate increases in Brunswick County, the rate fell in February to 8.0 percent.

    According to unemployment numbers released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, unemployment dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent reported for January 2014.

    Brunswick County hit a low of 7.7 percent unemployment in October 2013, which was the culmination of a yearlong decrease in unemployment numbers.

  • Sunset Beach mulls UDO changes

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is debating whether it should implement new landscaping requirements for homeowners.

    Discussion about this and other Unified Development Ordinance amendments ensued Tuesday, April 15, at a joint meeting of Sunset Beach Town Council and the town planning board.

    Town councilman Wilson Sherrill said he doesn’t think it’s appropriate for the town to tell a private property owner what can be done with landscaping on one’s “own private dirt.”

  • Survivor recalls horror of 9/11

    BOLIVIA — Joe Dittmar remembers where he was and what he was doing Sept. 11, 2001.

    The Philadelphia native was one of only seven survivors out of 54 insurance executives attending a meeting that horrific morning on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York City.