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Today's News

  • Commissioner needs more than a censure, should be removed from board

    If Brunswick County commissioner and department of social services board chair Charles Warren’s intentions are good, his actions are completely off the mark.

    He is single-handedly making a mockery out of the department of social services board and Brunswick County government.

    While Warren claims he is a champion of causes for the community, he is actually a roadblock to open and transparent government and healing and unity for the department of social services officials and employees.

    Worst of all, he can’t see he is doing anything wrong.

  • Community briefs

    Heart seminar is set for Feb. 17

    High blood pressure and cholesterol affect millions of Americans, and these issues can lead to serious heart health problems. Community members are encouraged to attend a free seminar presented by Brunswick Community Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 17. 

    James R. Harper, Jr., M.D., FACC, of Brunswick Heart Associates will discuss all aspects of heart health including ways to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and prevent future heart disease. 

  • All-County Bands

    Almost 200 Brunswick County Schools students performed in the All-County Bands last Thursday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Students in the middle and high school honors band spent the day making music with special guest clinicians.

    Sherry Whisnant, director of bands at Loris (S.C.) Middle School, worked with about 90 middle school students from Cedar Grove, Leland, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick and Waccamaw schools.

  • BCC presidential search committee members announced

    BOLIVIA—An 18-person search committee that will help facilitate the Brunswick Community College presidential search has been announced.

    A link to the committee listing posted on the BCC website was included in an e-mail sent Monday from Liz McLean, the college’s marketing director. The search committee includes: Lynda Stanley, BCC trustee, search committee chair; John Jones, BCC trustee;

  • No room for error when chosen to perform national anthem

    Superbowl XLV may have been the most-watched event in history, but I was not among the some hundred million football fanatics glued to the set Sunday night.

    I didn’t see a need to watch, being that my beloved Bears decided to eliminate themselves from Super Bowl contention on Jan. 23, which just so happens to be my birthday.

    Thanks for the lovely gift, guys.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to attempt to gain entry.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to open the door.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East First Street; subject entered storage room and removed golf cart batteries and charger.

  • Commissioners restrict amount of food vendors allowed on beach strand

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In an attempt to control the amount of food vendors on the beach strand, Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a resolution to the town’s ordinance Tuesday.

    Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ordinance 14-47, which outlines a new application process in which town officials will issue only five mobile vendor licenses each year. Licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town leaders recognized for 20 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two of Ocean Isle Beach’s town’s leaders were recognized Tuesday for 20 years of service to the town.

    At the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting, Mayor Debbie Smith presented Town Administrator Daisy Ivey and Police Chief John Goodwin with 20-year service awards.

    Ivey began working for the town on Feb. 25, 1991, when she left a career in banking to take over the town clerk and finance officer positions.

  • Commissioners to consider moving utilities hardship program to general fund

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will revisit moving the county’s utilities hardship program for low-income water and sewer customers to the general fund at their next meeting. 

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

  • Who’s paying for legal research into code of ethics?

    With censure proceedings under way for an alleged code of ethics violation of commissioner Charles Warren, who is paying for legal research into the code?

    Warren has repeatedly refused to step down from the DSS board, which prompted the censure proceedings, even soliciting DSS attorney Gary Shipman, who county commissioners voted to fire last month, to investigate the code of ethics with the University of North Carolina School of Government

    Shipman has billed the county more than $400 to do so.