Today's News

  • Speed, alcohol likely factors in fatal crash

    SUPPLY—Two people died, and four people were injured as a result of a three-car wreck Friday afternoon on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    Around 5 p.m., Richard Wayne Green, 40, of Bolton, was driving a 2007 Mazda passenger vehicle northbound on U.S. 17 at about 75 mph when he attempted to pass a truck in the right-turn lane leading to Brunswick Community Hospital, 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, said.

  • Chair says John Floyd's contract will be approved

    After not approving John Floyd as the athletic director at West Brunswick High School, the Brunswick County Board of Education is changing its mind.

    Floyd’s name was not on the approved personnel list released after the board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday. Terry Chestnutt, assistant superintendent of human resources for Brunswick County Schools, said the board did not approve Floyd’s contract.

    Floyd had already begun working in the AD position.

  • County commissioners to consider reducing, nixing $11 water availability fee

    BOLIVIA—While $11 a month may not seem like much to some, for those on fixed incomes it can be an undue burden.

    That’s what Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris says he hears time and again from people who pay the county’s water $11 per month availability fee.

    “It’s been a hardship on some of those folks,” Norris said Monday night to his fellow commissioners.

    County residents who choose not to connect to the county water line, but have access to water, pay an availability fee.

  • Above the clouds with Discovery Flights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Those wanting to take flight and soar above the clouds don’t need superpowers to do so. Discovery Flights are offered through Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, a fixed based operation at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport.

    A Discovery Flight is a one-time flying lesson introducing a student to the world of aviation.

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers. They argue it could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • Health department grades restaurants

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Construction slowdown effects seen throughout county

    Not that long ago, Brunswick County residents couldn’t drive along N.C. 211 without seeing a new sign announcing a new development selling lots or “coming soon.”

    In fact, the Brunswick County Planning Board approved 50 new major subdivisions, special exceptions and planned unit developments in 2006, up from 27 in 2005, a majority of them along the N.C. 211 corridor.

  • Mayor moves to eliminate commissioner appointments

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons drew objection when he moved to dissolve commissioner appointments last week.

    The proposal to do away with Clemmons’ appointments to specific town departments was tabled at the Aug. 12 commissioners’ meeting.

    Clemmons’ fact letter stated with the appointment of new town administrator Vincent Long, he felt it was no longer necessary to have “commissioner of” to the departments.

  • Couple says aging trees a danger for their home

    CALABASH—For the past two years, Randy and Anne Spooner have tried to contact an adjacent property owner about his towering longleaf pine trees they say are posing a hazard to their home.

    The retired couple said property owner J.W. Brown, who chairs the town’s planning and zoning board, has never responded to their phone calls and messages, and their certified letters have been returned.

  • County OKs Calabash inspections changes

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved requested changes to a building inspections agreement with the town of Calabash.

    The first change stipulates the agreement will be in the form of a letter from Calabash’s town administrator, formally requesting the county to conduct building inspections for specifically identified buildings under construction.

    The town also will request the county’s services prior to the town beginning any inspections for the buildings.