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Today's News

  • County pushes to receive full share of accommodations tax proceeds

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners think the county has been getting ripped off when it comes to collecting the county’s full share of accommodations tax proceeds.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said commissioners voted last week to enlist the Shanahan Law Group of Raleigh to pursue litigation to ensure the county receives its full share of the 1 percent accommodations tax. All proceeds from the 1 percent tax fund the Tourism Development Authority, he said.

  • County strikes take-home vehicle policy resolution; keeps plan in place

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners last week revoked a resolution that enacted the county’s take-home vehicle policy.

    But county commissioners chairman Bill Sue and county commissioner Marty Cooke said the plan remains intact.

  • Federal funding has helped renourish local beaches

    The federal government collects $320 for every federal dollar spent protecting beaches and coastal cities, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre told Southeastern North Carolina mayors and commissioners during a luncheon last Thursday in the Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall.

    “We’ve been hit by hard times in textiles and tobacco, and we can’t be hit hard by the third leg of that stool, tourism,” or the stool will collapse, McIntyre said about what were three of North Carolina’s main economic forces.

  • Calabash hires new administrator; UDO tabled

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday night to hire Jeremy Cribb as new town administrator for Calabash.

    Cribb was among three candidates considered for the job, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said.

    He replaces former town administrator Vincent Long, who resigned in March.

    Cribb, a native of Whiteville who previously worked with the city of Wilmington, introduced himself following the announcement at the monthly commissioners meeting.

    He told residents and merchants in attendance he has already moved to Calabash.

  • Holden Beach has first commissioners meeting in new town hall

    The 54 people who attended the first Holden Beach commissioners meeting in the new town hall Tuesday night heard architect Jim Stewart report the building is finished except for placing a few signs and the dedication plaque, which weighs 40 pounds.

    Commissioner Gary Staley asked if construction came in at the $3.2 million originally budgeted, and Stewart said he hasn’t completed the final bill but that it’s “pretty much on budget.”

    The architect said he hoped all Holden Beach property owners are proud of the building.

  • Toddler unfortunately learns how to use cell phone at early age

    I often hear parents talking about how their son or daughter has racked up a huge cell phone bill from excessive calling and texting. I even heard one parent say a child had sent 30,000 text messages in a month.

    Well, my son has yet to send 30,000 texts in a month, but he can text and call people. He’s even managed to access the mobile Web feature on my phone. While I have yet to get an astronomical phone bill, I know it’s just a matter of time. After all, he’s already figured this much out at the tender age of 18 months.

  • South Brunswick's Pennell named N.C. Principal of the Year

    South Brunswick High School Principal Vann Pennell may have just been named the North Carolina Principal of the Year, but it’s an award he feels belongs not only to him but also to the staff and students.

    “I’m honored and pleased for the school because it is a complete school award. It’s not a ‘me’ award or an ‘I’ award,” he said. “Without all the things the teachers, students and the community have done, there’s no way you can compete for something like that at the state level.”

  • Break-in investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a break-in and property damage reported April 10 at a home on Westbrook Drive.

    Someone kicked in a front door, rear door, storm doors and rear window at the residence, Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said.

     

  • Padgett-Lineberger

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kelly Lee Padgett of Nashville, Tenn., and Keith Lineberger of Bessemer City. The bride-elect is the daughter of Wendell and Tina Padgett of Ash. She is a graudate of West Brunswick High School and UNC-Chapel Hill and is attending Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tenn. The prospective groom is the son of John and Kathy Lineberger of Bessemer City. He is a graduate of North Gaston High School, Appalachian State University and UNC-Charlotte. He is employed by Lineberger Surveying and Mapping in Dallas.

  • Tinnells celebrate 64 years

    Frances and Harry Tinnell of Shallotte will celebrate 64 years of marriage April 21. They were married in 1945 and raised five daughters. Harry Tinnell is retired from the Richmond Fire Department. The couple moved from Richmond, Va., to Shallotte in 1995. They enjoy gardening and spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.