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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach council debates annual report to send to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilwoman Carol Scott has issues with an eight-page draft “annual report” newsletter the town is planning to send out soon to residents.

    “There’s a lot of information in this that I think is self-serving rather than informative,” said Scott, speaking at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday. “It could be whittled down to four pages.”

    Scott said the report needs to use facts “as opposed to convincing people” that the tax rate is a bargain and revenue-neutral.

  • Safety concerns continue at Sunset Beach bridge intersection

    SUNSET BEACH—John Tice was driving toward Shoreline Drive West.

    The other driver was at Shoreline Drive East when he pulled out in front of Tice, causing Tice to T-bone the other vehicle.

    “He never stopped,” said Tice of the wreck Aug. 1 at the mainland intersection and entrance to the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    “It’s lucky nobody was hurt,” Tice added.

    Drivers, Tice said, are “constantly pulling out to try to beat the traffic” at that intersection.

  • Jennies Branch? Jinny's Branch? Nope, now it's Sauce Pan Creek

    ‘Jinny’s Branch’ exists no more, at least in signage.

    As of Aug. 9, signs at a bridge on N.C. 179 previously designating “Jinny’s Branch” have been replaced with new ones marking “Sauce Pan Creek.”

    Katie Hite, traffic engineer for NCDOT Division 3, said her department was notified by Brunswick County that the official naming of that water feature had been revised.

    “Therefore, we changed to be in accordance with that,” Hite said last week.

  • Brunswick County Animal Shelter can't use Saturday volunteers

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter will continue to suspend its Saturday operating hours, despite the offer of a nonprofit animal rescue group to provide volunteers.

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) submitted a written proposal last month to David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department.

    The proposal, described by RACE founder and organizer Cheri McLain as a “fiscally neutral mitigation,” was for RACE volunteers to staff the animal shelter from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays free of charge to the county.

  • County agrees to fund Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to shell out $112,500 to fund their portion of a $450,000 dredging project for the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    The county’s share was contingent upon the towns of Oak Island and Holden Beach each agreeing to appropriate $56,200 for their share of the project.

    Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace and Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett both said their town councils had agreed to commit the funds, and asked commissioners to approve their share as well.

  • School officials encourage parents, students to attend open houses

    Brunswick County Schools start times

    Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.

    Middle schools: 8:50 a.m.- 3:55 p.m.

    High schools: 8:55 a.m.- 3:50 p.m.

    For more information on school start times and bus pick-up times, visit www.bcswan.net.

    It’s that time of the year again—back-to-school-time.

  • Discrimination complaint against county dismissed

    RALEIGH—Officials with the North Carolina Human Relations Commission have found no evidence Brunswick County engaged in discriminatory practices regarding residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Carolina Shores.

    The commission has dismissed the matter.

  • DA files brief in Supreme Court; judge has until Aug. 31 to respond

    RALEIGH—As the battle over administrative traffic court continues to wage between District Attorney Jon David and Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly, the next venue will be in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

    State Supreme Court justices will hear the matter Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Raleigh.

    David recently said he has had “very little communication with Judge Jolly on that issue,” regarding traffic court, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting the court.

  • Republican presidential field stacking up to be very familiar—again

    Columnist’s note: This column is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the 2012 GOP presidential field. I know it’s tempting to accuse, but this column does not mean the author hates Republicans, women, Texans, Mormons or Ron Paul.

    One is a Texas governor with a familiar twang a la president “Dub-ya,” the other a successful, attractive woman with a certain folksiness that belies a shrewd political awareness.

  • Brunswick County crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Assault with a deadly weapon on Percy Place in Supply; suspect cut victim with a pocketknife.

    •Simple assault on King Road in Leland; suspect hit and scratched victim.

    •Larceny on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole a beach bag from victim’s store.

    •Larceny on White Sands Drive in Supply; suspect stole an Xbox from victim’s residence.