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Today's News

  • County commissioners enact purchasing freeze, discuss other cost-saving measures

    BOLIVIA—To avoid tapping into the county’s fund balance and to stay out of the red for the remainder of the fiscal year, county commissioners have frozen all purchase orders from county operating and capital outlay funds.

    The only allowable exception is for emergencies or for equipment repairs needed to continue services.

    County finance director Ann Hardy and county manager Marty Lawing presented commissioners with cost-saving options at the last of their three-day budget retreat last week in Bolivia.

  • Commissioners uphold schools' funding agreement

    BOLIVIA—The question of whether the county would continue its current schools’ funding agreement weighed heavily on the faces of school board members on the last day of commissioners’ three-day budget retreat.

    But commissioners approved continuing the current 36.5 percent funding agreement with one major change to the agreement—the schools would now share the county’s deficit.

  • Revenue collector projects 94 percent collection rate for real property taxes

    BOLIVIA—When it’s charted on paper it becomes clear—the county’s revenue collections are down, way down.

    Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said the best-case scenario for revenue collection of taxes on all real property excluding motor vehicles is a 94 percent, more than 3 percent less than last year.

    The motor vehicle collection rate, which is always lower than the real property collection rate, is projected at 85.4 percent.

  • Firm to present parks and recreation master plan draft

    Lose and Associates, the Nashville-based firm completing a comprehensive master plan for the county’s parks and recreation facilities, will be back in Brunswick County next week to unveil its draft of the master plan.

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor solicited Lose and Associate’s to complete the long-range plan, which Pryor described as “our working blueprint of the future system.”

    The meetings, each slated for 6 p.m. Monday, March 30, will be at Shallotte Town Hall and at the Town Creek Park Community Building.

  • Department heads pitch needs for the upcoming fiscal year

    BOLIVIA—As each county department head approached county commissioners with their budget needs at their annual budget retreat, commissioners chairman Bill Sue reminded each of them things would be tight this year.

    The county’s new budget method will also require more justification for every line item request, including any consequences if the request is not approved.

  • Jennies Branch bridgework

    Work on a new bridge in the Jennies Branch area continues on schedule, a site foreman said Monday at the closed-off section of N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach. The road, slated to re-open to traffic May 15, was closed in November to make way for bridge replacement and roadwork between Brookhollow Drive and Jennies Branch Baptist Church. Signs on either side of the bridge direct motorists to a detour onto Hale Swamp Road.

  • No Port’s dredging study: Costs outweigh benefits

    No Port Southport analyzes every aspect of the creation of the new container terminal planned for 600 undeveloped acres near Southport.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received $96,000 in federal funding to study the feasibility of dredging a new channel from the terminal site to the east of the existing 42-foot channel, but one No Port member has completed his own study to determine the cost-benefit ratio of the dredging project.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z says no to bond release

    CAROLINA SHORES—A requested bond reduction for The Farm at Brunswick failed to garner approval of the town planning and zoning board Monday.

    Developers were seeking release of a $120,000 bond for phases 5 and 7 of the residential community off U.S. 17, town building inspector Jean Crowley said.

    Board member Jim Parsch has driven through the community and had concerns about the area in question.

    “I notice the road looked like what I call ‘skim coat’ to me,” he said at the monthly P&Z meeting.

  • Tree planting in Carolina Shores

    Second-graders from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School gather ‘round for the town of Carolina Shores’ Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony last Friday, March 20, at town hall. A red maple tree was planted. 

  • Sunset Beach sewer petitions pouring in

    SUNSET BEACH—More than half the petitions needed to request an extended sewer payback plan have been returned by property owners, an organizer of the effort said Tuesday.

    Carol Scott said so far, signed petitions from both full-time residents and out-of-town property owners have been returning to town hall by the hundreds since the effort was launched two weeks ago.