Today's News

  • Fifth annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo set to unfold Feb. 26

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will host the fifth annual Health Expo Saturday, Feb. 26.

    The health expo, set to unfold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Brunswick High School, is free and open to the public.

    Christy Williamson, Brunswick Beacon advertising sales representative, said the Beacon has been sponsoring the event for the past five years because there is a need in the community.

    Each year, the event continues to increase in size, Williamson said. Last year’s health expo drew a crowd of more than 600 people.

  • Calabash launches budget review

    CALABASH—Town commissioners began their annual budgetary review at an afternoon workshop Monday.

    There are a couple of areas that might need some changes in the upcoming budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, interim town administrator Kelley Southward said following the hour-long session.

    For one thing, since the town has an engineer designing a stormwater solution for Riverview and River Roads, it will need to increase funds for stormwater/drainage in the upcoming budget in order to start executing the engineer’s construction and repair plan.

  • Calabash meetings scheduled

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners will convene for a special called meeting at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.

    The purpose is to for the board to discuss and take possible action on (1) determining where and how to advertise for the vacant position of town administrator, and to direct the interim town administrator to advertise the position;

    (2) to determine the salary range for the town administrator position and (3) to determine the date in which the board will stop accepting applications for the vacant town administrator position.

  • New administrator gets acquainted in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett was busy Monday—busy getting to know town officials and town staff on his first day on the job, that is.

    “He’s only been here 45 minutes,” Mayor Stephen Selby said, standing with Hargett in the hallway outside Hargett’s new office at town hall.

    So far, Selby had shown Hargett around the building and its offices, and Hargett had already met with town staff.

  • Terminated attorney continues to bill county for legal work

    Gary Shipman, the Department of Social Services attorney whose contract was terminated by county commissioners in January, continues to bill the county for legal services.

    Brunswick County Commissioners voted to terminate Shipman’s contract at their Jan. 18 meeting. But Shipman refuses to step down as the DSS board’s attorney, even billing the county nearly $2,000 for legal services completed after his contract was terminated.

  • Carolina Shores gets ready for better lighting, signage

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is set to light up a dark intersection along with obtaining proper signage.

    Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at the town board of commissioners meeting Feb. 10, said the town is poised to get proper documentation within two weeks to get a streetlight at Persimmon Road and U.S. 17.

    Town building inspector Chuck Riggins met that morning with town engineer Amie Drucker and Allen Pope, Division 3 engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Selby said.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council wants to reach out to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council agrees there needs to be better communication with residents, but exactly how to do that was among a list of agenda items debated at a day-long retreat Feb. 9.

    Town council member Karen Joseph said it would be a good way to combat misinformation, suggesting the town have a computer set up at town hall.
    Fellow council member Carol Scott said she doesn’t mind that idea, but information should be as short as possible and include finances.

  • Several thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated several incidents of theft reported during the past two weeks.

    •On Feb. 11, a vehicle was reported broken into at a residence on Medcalf Drive. A camera, 35-millimeter lens and some cigars were reported stolen.

    •On Feb. 8, someone stole a center hub off a vehicle while it was parked at the Sunset Beach public works building.

    •On Feb. 3, a breaking and entering was reported at a residence on Sea Trail Drive. An assorted amount of jewelry was reported stolen.

  • County settles with former inmate in TB lawsuit

    Brunswick County has settled a lawsuit with a former inmate who sued the county in connection with a tuberculosis outbreak in the jail.

    Floyd Baldwin, a Columbus County man who was an inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center during a 2008 TB outbreak in the detention center, sued the county health department, the sheriff’s office and county commissioners in June 2010.

    In his suit, Baldwin claimed it was negligent for county and jail officials not to test an inmate who had TB at the time he was booked at the detention center.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Sarah Danielle Clemmons, 18, of 1865 Little Shallotte River Road, was arrested for drunk and disruptive and underage consumption. The subject was standing outside of her vehicle on Frontage Road with a group of people. The vehicle was parked in the road and still running.