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Today's News

  • County board approves 2017-18 budget

    BOLIVIA — With only one person speaking up during the Brunswick County 2017-18 budget public hearing Monday night, June 5, commissioners followed up with a unanimous vote to approve the budget.

    County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners at the May 18 meeting.

    The operating budget of $233.4 million includes no increase in the tax rate or most fees. The property tax rate remains at 48.50 cents for a third year.

  • Man sought in Bolivia robbery arrested in Sampson County

    A man wanted in a May 31 robbery in Bolivia was arrested in Sampson County on Saturday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies were looking for 21-year-old Ondrick Lymell Cromartie in the crime, which happened about 9 p.m. in the 8000 block of Ocean Highway East. No one was injured during the robbery.

  • Gause reflects on 35 years of service to hometown

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause spent the last 35 years on the protecting and serving his beloved hometown.

    In fact, it’s the only place he’s ever worked.

    Raised in a law enforcement family, Gause said he knew from an early age the career path he’d take.

    “I’ve always loved law enforcement in general, and from day one I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.

  • Sunset Beach approves $5.6M budget for fiscal 2018

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much scrutiny and debate, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved a $5.6 million budget ordinance for fiscal 2017-18 with a few tweaks.

    Approval came at the end of council’s bimonthly meeting, which lasted more than three hours Monday night, June 5. The new budget, which takes effect July 1, calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Resident claims town won’t fix culvert because of lawsuit

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall disputes a claim by a resident that the town won’t fix a culvert behind her house because she filed a lawsuit against the town last year.

    Glenda Ward, who lives on Court 6 off Northwest Drive, said Mendenhall recently told her the culvert won’t be fixed because of the lawsuit she filed against the town in January 2016 seeking damages exceeding $25,000 after her home was flooded as Tropical Storm Joaquin descended over the region during the first weekend of October 2015.

  • Artists paint the town at Calabash Plein Aire on June 10

    This coming Saturday, June 10, the Seafood Capital once again teems with creativity as the fourth annual Plein Aire-Wet Paint Day launches in The Calabash Cottages complex at 10152 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    Hosted by Jewelry by Wendy, painting starts between 9 and 10 a.m. and ends between 1 and 2 p.m., followed by a Meet the Artist Wet Paint Sale art show from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

    The event includes an all-day craft show on The Calabash Cottages grounds as well as a “Peoples Vote” for Best in Show.

  • North Tower lights up Ocean Isle Beach on June 9

    North Tower, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, has been one of the South’s great party bands for more than 35 years, providing the best in oldies, beach, top 40 and funk with sizzling brass, super vocals and a wide-ranging repertoire.

    North Tower launched in 1975 as an a cappella vocal quartet at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the group’s name derived from a section of Old East dormitory where some of the members lived.

  • Carolina Shores poised to adopt new budget, CIP

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is slated to adopt the town’s new budget as well as a capital improvement plan for fiscal 2017-18 at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 8.

    The proposed $2.1 million budget that takes effect July 1 calls for a neutral tax rate, plus a $50,000 cut in the wake of a state bill expected to reduce sales tax income.

  • Club Profile: Sunset Beach Turtle Watch

    The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean. The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers who walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when hatchlings are ready to emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs.

  • Guardian ad Litem volunteers sworn in

    Ten Guardian ad Litem volunteers are sworn in by Judge Fred Gore in the Brunswick County Courthouse on May 31. Shown with Gore, from left, are Monique Samayoa, Tasha Cleveland, Judy Harvey, Theresa Smith, Dixie Jackson, Lauren Britton, Rebecca Bradshaw, Rebecca Branche, Debra Sullivan and Dan Murray.

    The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program was established in 1983, and provides trained, independent advocates to represent and promote the best interest of abused, neglected children in the state court system.