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Today's News

  • No tax hike included in county budget

    BOLIVIA—With soaring gas prices and increased food costs, Brunswick County residents won’t have to worry about one increase this year—property tax rates.

    County commissioners on Monday night voted to leave the ad valorem tax rate at its current rate of 30.5 cents per $100 of valuation for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    But the $224.6 million budget commissioners approved along with the tax rate doesn’t leave much wiggle room.

  • Commissioners approve county employee health insurance

    BOLIVIA—County employees won’t see monthly insurance premiums taken out of their paychecks but will feel the increased costs in their wallets.

    After weeks of pleas by county employees not to change their insurance coverage, county manager Marty Lawing presented commissioners with two insurance plans—with commissioners opting for the plan that changes employee coverage from 100 percent to a 90-10 percent cost-sharing plan.

  • Budget workshop, adoption meeting set for next week

    CALABASH—Commissioners will convene next week for a budget workshop and meeting to consider adoption of the town’s 2008-2009 fiscal budget, which takes effect July 1.

    Copies of the proposed $1,022,950 budget are available for public review at Calabash Town Hall on Persimmon Road.

    A budget workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. A meeting to consider adoption of the budget is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

    The town’s ad valorem tax rate is expected to remain at 7 cents per $100 of property valuation.

  • Local woman's granddaughter thinks she can dance

    CAROLINA SHORES—Don’t even think of trying to call Dolores Galiano on a Wednesday night—you won’t get through.

    She’ll be busy making call after call, voting to keep her granddaughter Courtney safe from elimination on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.”

    Galiano’s granddaughter, Courtney Galiano, 20, of New York, made it to the top 20 of the prime-time dance show, and will compete each week so long as she is not eliminated by public vote.

  • Carolina Shores' new budget includes alarms, speed devices

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners’ approval of the town’s $1,475,844 fiscal 2008-2009 budget June 3 included some tweaks.

    Among them is $16,000 earmarked for an alarm or siren system to alert residents in the event of emergencies.

    At a June 2 pre-agenda workshop, town commissioner Tom Puls said the alarms could be triggered by any weather emergency such as tornadoes.

    Funding could come from the town’s $50,000 reserve police fund, which “might never come to fruition,” he said.

  • Widow remembers husband lost to murder as loving, caring father

    Adam Bradshaw is not a number. Though he was the second of three murder victims this year in Brunswick County, his widow Shannon says he was more than a number, more than a statistic, more than a newspaper headline, more than a victim of a senseless, violent murder.

    Adam was a father who loved his son and a husband who loved her, Shannon recalled on a recent summer afternoon at her Brierwood home.

  • Travelers scope out cheaper wheels

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—As gas prices rise, two local entrepreneurs have been welcoming heavier traffic at their new business.

    Doug Tilley and David Mercer, co-owners of D&D Scooters, say business has been brisk at their new scooter sale and rental business on Beach Drive.

    “We’ve had a lot of traffic in here,” Tilley said last week as the two waited for customers at the lot where several two-wheeler mopeds in bright primary hues of red, blue and yellow stood facing traffic moving along Beach Drive at the corner of Spruce Street near Sands Plaza.

  • Residents look elsewhere for income as gas prices soar

    Back in the good ol’ days, the only thing you had to do to pay for a tank of gas was reach into your wallet.

    With fuel averaging $4 a gallon and prices increasing in food and just about any other product imaginable, it’s no surprise people are reaching far beyond their wallets to make ends meet.

    Pawnshops around the area have seen an increased flow of traffic in the past few months, people from all walks of life needing to make a few bucks.

  • Ministry provides help in tough times

    Putting food on the table is one thing no family should have to worry about, even in the most difficult times.

    That’s one reason Angel Food Ministries has been popular for many families in Brunswick County since the Brunswick Baptist Association signed on as a host site for the nonprofit agency two years ago.

  • Five Brunswick County residents receive NAACP awards

    The Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored five recipients Saturday night for many years of service in Brunswick County.

    Carl Parker, first vice president, said there was no elaborate explanation for why recipients were honored.

    “Because they have done something beyond the call of duty,” he said. “They didn’t sit on the porch, plain and simple.”