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Today's News

  • Medicare Advantage disenrollment period ends Feb. 14

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 marks the annual Medicare Advantage disenrollment period. During this time, a Medicare beneficiary enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave his or her plan and return to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2015. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form.

  • You decide: What are the impacts of tax changes?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes — focusing on lower tax rates and a broader tax base — may be debated in the General Assembly.

  • Charter school holds groundbreaking for permanent 45-acre site

     BOLIVIA — While teachers, students and administrators at first-year South Brunswick Charter School have been pleased with the school’s temporary location in Southport, a groundbreaking for the campus’ permanent location in Bolivia has those same folks even more excited about the future.

  • Career center leads BCC students on right path

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College officials not only want to offer their students an education, they want those students to be prepared for their workforce.

    The college’s Career Development Center plays an important role in doing just that.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams asked professional counselor Christen Cox to lead the Career Development Center before its inception in the fall 2013 semester.

    Since then, the CDC has become a hub for BCC students looking to enter the workforce upon graduation.

  • Rate bureau files request to alter mobile home insurance rates

     The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a mobile homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Dec. 31, the last day of 2014.

    The rate bureau is not part of the department of insurance and represents all companies writing mobile homeowners insurance in the state. Two forms of mobile home coverage are offered: the MH(C) form and the MH(F) form. The forms are similar; however, the MH(F) form provides broader coverage.

  • Residents should dictate how tax dollars are spent

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is trying to determine how to proceed on upgrades to five of the county’s 13 parks without incurring debt or raising taxes.

    The process thus far has been pay-as-you go, with planned improvements to Town Creek, Waccamaw, Smithville District, Shallotte District and Ocean Isle Beach being ranked on the county’s yearly capital improvement plan (CIP). But not even a month into 2015, commissioners are quibbling over which of those parks should get first dibs on available funds.

  • Commissioners create federal wish list for 2015

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners develop a list of goals they’d like to see at the federal level each calendar year. This year, coastal issues can be found several times on the list, which was handed over to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

    Brunswick County commissioners established these goals during a lengthy work session Jan. 13.

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  • SOUPer Bowl Saturday dishes up Jan. 31

    IF YOU GO

    What: Sixth annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday

    When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31

    Where: Shallotte Presbyterian Church

    Cost: $15

    Soup only tickets: $8

    Additional soup helpings: $3

    It’s an annual tradition every Super Bowl season.

    Members of the General Federation of Women’s Club-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club get into formation for their annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser to benefit several local charitable food efforts to feed the hungry.

  • Rotary Las Vegas Night lights up Jan. 24

    Get ready to roll in Vegas, N.C.

    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s 10th annual Las Vegas Night is set for around round of fun Saturday night, Jan. 24, with food and Vegas-style games.

    The annual fundraiser is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The catered event will feature a cash bar, dinner, assorted hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cake.