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Today's News

  • Remembering David Sandifer

    Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was remembered Monday for his unwavering commitment to the community.

    The Rev. Phil Norris, a fellow county commissioner who officiated Sandifer’s memorial service, relived Sandifer’s commitment to his family, his friends and his extended family—the citizens of Brunswick County.

  • Brunswick County precincts to have organizational meetings

    Five Brunswick County Democratic Party precincts will have their organizational meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, according to Vernon Ward, chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party.

    Hood Creek will meet in the Hood Creek Community Building, 3640 Maco Road; Belville will meet at the Belville Elementary School; Bolivia will meet at the Shrine Club, 596 Midway Road; Oak Island 2 will meet at the Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Dr.; and The Shingletree 1 polling place has been moved to Sea Trail Shingletree 1.

  • County to accept credit cards for utility payments

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County will now accept credit cards for utility payments and customers will be able to use them in the cafeteria at the county complex.

    County commissioners on Monday voted to approve two contracts which would allow the county to begin accepting debit and credit card payments and payments by electronic check.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said utility customers who opt to pay by credit card would be charged a $2 transaction fee per $100 payment.

  • BEMC awards community grants

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) recently announced the winners of 2008 BEMC Community Grants.

    Now in its sixth year, the program has awarded more than $147,000 to help local agencies and groups with worthwhile programs providing vital educational, social, cultural and economic development services to citizens in the BEMC service area.

    Grants are made to organization, not individuals, and range from $500-$2,500. This year’s grants totaled $22,465 to 16 area groups.

  • Business briefs

    Chase hires Good and Morrow

    Chase, a residential housing lender, has announced the hiring of two new loan officers for its Wilmington/Brunswick County mortgage office, 10020 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    Mary Ellen Good, an industry veteran with 10 years of experience, is a resident of Sunset Beach. She attended Laroche College and is a member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary and the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Good can be reached at 620-3706 or e-mail mary.ellen.good@chase.com.

  • Calabash commissioners approve advertising for new administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved placing an ad for a new town administrator.

    The position has been vacant since town administrator Donna Prince was fired by commissioners on Feb. 20.

    Kelley Southward has been serving as interim town clerk.

    The ad will be placed for a period of four to six weeks in various publications.

    Town commissioners also approved having pre-agenda meetings prior to their regular meetings.

  • Calabash fire chief and wife plan to retire (again) in June

    CALABASH—When they first settled in the seafood capital 12 years ago, Karl and Linda Bennett thought they were retiring.

    But then they started volunteering with the Calabash Fire Department. One thing led to another, and soon they were involved fulltime in a profession they thought they had left behind in Ravena, N.Y.

    After more than a decade with the Calabash department, fire chief Bennett and his wife, who serves as administrative assistant and board secretary for the department, plan to retire June 30. They have launched a search for their replacements.

  • Tree ordinance upheld in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Brunswick County small claims judgment has upheld the town’s tree ordinance.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a town meeting last week, said the decision reached last month was the result of a small claims suit filed by the town earlier this year.

    The defendant is Bill E. Lane, owner of Blue Border Travel Trailers at 9351 Ocean Highway West.

    According to the complaint, the town’s building inspection department noticed construction activity had occurred at the site while inspecting an adjacent subdivision last July.

  • Hospital employees pledge to build new Habitat house

    SUNSET HARBOR—A single mother with five children will be the owner of a new home thanks to the generosity of Brunswick Community Hospital employees.

    Chowan Simmons and her children joined with hospital employees and Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity officials last week to break ground on a new 1,300-square-foot house in the Pelican Point subdivision.

    The house is one of three Novant Health employees across the state are building to celebrate the company’s 10-year anniversary.

  • Swain Creek neighbors shocked by road fence

    SUPPLY—Driving her father to a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon, Nancy Nixon was surprised when she saw someone putting a chain across the dirt road she lives on, preventing her from driving onto U.S. 17.

    Immediately, she got out and asked the man who he was and what he was doing. He said told her he was working for the owner of the property, Estelle Varnam.

    Nixon said her family had already called the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when they saw posts had been erected on each side of the dirt path. They called again Monday.