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Today's News

  • HB parks and rec board changes meeting schedule

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach parks and recreation board members voted Thursday, June 23, to move their meetings to first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. to precede the town’s board of commissioners meeting.

    The next parks and rec board meeting will be Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m.

    Board members also discussed, at the request of Holden Beach commissioner Peter Freer, the possibility of a beach ambassador program, which would entail people serving on a committee to welcome tourists remind them of beach rules.

  • Brunswick County real estate market heats up

    The real estate market in Brunswick County continues to heat up, according to the most recent statistics released from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

    With more than $84,000,000 in sales, May was the most active month to date for Brunswick County this year. Additionally, the number of units sold and average sales price were the highest for any month this year.

  • A most memorable visit to Holden Beach

    By Anita Prater

    Guest Columnist

    My sister, Mary Gillum, and I have been visiting Holden Beach for many years with our families. This year’s trip will be the most memorable.

  • Elections board works on relocating two voting sites

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board decided to combine two Election Day polling places into one and relocate another polling site to a new building at the same facility during its June 20 meeting.

    Board members voted to move voters from the Belville 3 precinct that had voted at Leland Middle School to the same site as the Belville 2 precinct at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC).

  • Tax distribution bill not part of state budget update

    A Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax revenues for Brunswick County and its municipalities did not make it into the budget the two branches of the general assembly are finalizing.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing changes to LOST distribution, which County Manger Ann Hardy reported could cost the county $2.4 million annually.

    SB 846 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax monies to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a final 2016-17 budget bill, we modified a major transportation bill, we saw two bills of local interest studied and we received more visitors from back home.

  • County, towns take interest in beach access court case

    Brunswick County and some of its municipalities are supporting Emerald Isle in a state Supreme Court case to protect public access to North Carolina beaches.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners have sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes.

    While the property owners lost a superior court decision and an appeal, they are taking the case to the state supreme court to be heard later this year.

  • Remain vigilant for scams targeting military

    By Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    American service members are on guard to protect our country, and we’re grateful for their service. Sadly, they also need to stay alert to avoid scams and bad deals that target military consumers.

    For example, military personnel were tricked into buying computers, gaming systems and other electronics at prices that were two to three times higher than what the items were actually worth.

  • As luck would have it

    My parents and I don’t always have specific plans when they come to see me here in Brunswick County, but none of their visits are complete unless I can see them off from Bagel Dock in Calabash the morning they plan to head home. My parents are bagel connoisseurs, and they swear the ones served by Carmine and Margaret Barbaro and their crew are among the best they’ve ever tasted.

  • HB commissioners hold discussion, public hearing on budget

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners discussed and presented their proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 during their June 21 meeting.