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Opinion

  • Ahh, county commissioner Charles Warren, just when we think you can’t surprise us with your antics again, you do.

    Who said politics can’t be entertaining?

  • Wayne Currie with the North Carolina Department of Transportation wants everyone to be more patient with Shallotte’s Smith Avenue extension project. 

  • If Memorial Day weekend traffic and busy beaches are indicators, it may be a strong tourist season for Brunswick County this summer.

  • Brunswick County commissioners have a tough job to do again for the upcoming fiscal year. While the economy continues to suffer, the board must determine how it can most efficiently operate county government without making too deep of cuts to essential services.

  • Cancer.

    Unfortunately, it’s likely most who read this know someone who has been affected by this horrific disease.

  • On Monday Joyce Hankins stood in front of reporters and asked for one thing. 

  • At last, warm weather has settled into the area. As the sun has warmed our spirits, it has also shown brightly on area gardens and fields.

  • Communities in Schools is a unique program that benefits students throughout Brunswick County.

  • It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.

    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.

    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.
    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.
    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • Brunswick Community College officials, particularly all those involved in the search for the new college president, allow us to pat you on the back.

  • Thanks to Carol Scott for being a voice of reason on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    The council is considering implementing a policy that would regulate how the town deals with public records requests. 

    Among items included in the proposal is a form that would require each person to provide detailed information including name, contact information and specific public records information requested.

  • Even though a new director has been hired to lead the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, the agency is still encountering roadblocks.

  • Calabash town attorney Mark Lewis sent a letter to commissioners last week advising them to release information about a possible property purchase—information that has been withheld from the public since the board met on March 8.

  • Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?

  • Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick County, is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 110. If this bill were to gain approval in the General Assembly, it would allow terminal groins to be placed on North Carolina’s coastlines.

    Terminal groins are hardened structures constructed in coastal areas prone to beach erosion. They are designed to lessen beach erosion by catching and shifting sand along the shoreline.

  • It was with great sadness last week we learned of the sudden passing of Shallotte Mayor Donald C. “Buddy” Kelly.

    Kelly, who died following an illness, was a selfless and tireless community servant. 

    He earned the respect of all who knew him by being a conscientious listener. He was observant and respected other people’s opinions. When he spoke, those who knew and worked with him knew he was being thoughtful and had well evaluated information before sharing his opinion.

  • In a few months, more than a thousand people are expected to show up at West Brunswick High School to honor and remember cancer survivors and victims as part of Brunswick County Relay for Life 2011.

    Across the community, volunteers are working hard to raise funds for the event. From fun and games to meals, community members are raising money that will ultimately go to the American Cancer Society. That money will be used to fund research and support programs for those with cancer.

  • From the information we’ve reviewed so far, it seems there could be some good cost savings for Brunswick County taxpayers if the county were to allow a nonprofit group to run the county’s animal shelter.

    Last week, Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), made a pitch to the Brunswick County Health Board to take over shelter operations. 

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey has said he thinks the concept is a good plan, one that could ultimately save the county money.