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Today's News

  • Commissioners direct human resources director to tweak retirees’ health benefits policy

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County government retirees have fully funded health coverage—even if they worked as little as one year for Brunswick County.

    County human resources director Debbie Barnes described the policy as “very generous,” and during a county workshop Monday night, she asked commissioners to consider changing it.

    To qualify, retirees must have “10 years of creditable service recognizing service with other state and/or local jurisdictions,” Barnes said.

  • New mayor gets gaveled shortly after swearing-in

    SUNSET BEACH—New Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato was cut short by mayor pro tem Lou De Vita as Cerrato tried to read a statement at Monday night’s town council meeting.

    Cerrato, who took the oath of office at the monthly meeting following his election Nov. 8, had handed De Vita the gavel as he stepped down from the council dais to deliver a written statement to residents at the end of Monday night’s meeting.

  • Calabash FD expanding to site of Granny Allyn's restaurant

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department is finally expanding.

    Jennings Edge, president of the department’s board of directors, confirmed this week the department is purchasing adjacent land on the site of Granny Allyn’s Country Kitchen.

    The longtime eatery is at the corner of Thomasboro Road, next door to the current fire station on Persimmon Road.

    Edge said the restaurant would close for good as the land purchase is finalized for the fire department’s expansion.

  • Commissioners give themselves $1,000 bonuses

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris said he didn’t realize he was voting himself and his fellow commissioners a bonus when they approved a one-time bonus for all full-time county employees last month.

    But Norris also said this week he didn’t see any reason to take the issue up again.

    “It’s a done deal. I think it’s fair. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Norris said.

  • Does political correctness now trump common sense, sanity and Christmas spirit?

    I am a pro-life Christian. Chances are, if you’ve ever read the words that usually occupy this space, you’ve probably already assumed as much. But I tend to steer clear of such topics.

    By their inherent nature, these topics also tend to be loaded topics, and one usually has little chance in persuading his or her readers to change his or her mind about his or her stance on life, so, like I said, I’ve found it’s best to avoid the subject.

  • Brunswick County unemployment continues to decrease

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in October, but it continues to hover at the state unemployment average and above the national average.

    County-by-county unemployment rates were released last week, and Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased for the second time in as many months. Brunswick County’s October unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, down from 10.6 percent in September and 10.8 percent in August.

  • Fire destroys two Holden Beach homes

     

    HOLDEN BEACH—An early morning fire destroyed two homes and damaged four more on Holden Beach on Tuesday. Several boats were also destroyed or damaged.

    The fire, which lit up the pre-dawn sky over Holden Beach, is the largest of the year in Brunswick County.

    “When I looked over the bridge (on the way), it looked like a volcano,” said a firefighter who was one of the first to arrive.

  • Two missing girls

    The Leland Police Department needs your help in locating two missing juveniles. Yadira and Mireya Ibarra Barajas are listed as runaway juveniles and are believed to be in the area, if you have seen either of these girls please contact the Leland Police Department Investigations Division at (910) 332-5004.

  • Two missing girls

    The Leland Police Department needs your help in locating two missing juveniles. Yadira and Mireya Ibarra Barajas are listed as runaway juveniles and are believed to be in the area, if you have seen either of these girls please contact the Leland Police Department Investigations Division at (910) 332-5004.

  • Two missing girls

    The Leland Police Department need your help in locating two missing juveniles. Yadira and Mireya Ibarra Barajas are listed as runaway juveniles and are believed to be in the area, if you have seen either of these girls please contact the Leland Police Department Investigations Division at (910) 332-5004.