Local News

  • Town planner resigns after seeing his job posted online

    SHALLOTTE—After 20 months as this town’s first planner, Chris Rogers resigned Monday after learning his job was posted on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Web site.

    According to Rogers, someone he knows e-mailed him a link to the job posting. When Rogers confronted town administrator Paul Sabiston about it, Sabiston said he was “looking at options.”

    “I resigned on the spot,” Rogers said.

    He said he thought Sabiston’s actions were “unprofessional.”

  • Civietown Fire Department lowers ratings; homeowners to save money

    SUPPLY—About three quarters of homeowners in the Civietown fire district should see a decrease in their homeowners' insurance after the fire department’s recent fire rating drop.

    Assistant chief Mark Hewett said the department’s recent reduction in the state’s department of insurance ratings should mean lower homeowners' insurance for 74 percent of homeowners in their six-mile fire district.

  • County receives state grant for Coastal Events Center trails

    Brunswick County has received a $75,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Recreational Trail Program to create a series of equestrian trails, one of the first steps toward implementation of the planned Coastal Events Center.

    The county has two years to renovate 5.6 miles of existing trails, construct a new 1-mile trail and install trail signs at the site of the future events center, planned for 150 acres belonging to the county on N.C. 211.

  • Commissioners opt not to OK comprehensive traffic plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will wait to receive endorsements from municipalities before giving the green light to the county’s comprehensive traffic plan.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners put off a vote to endorse the plan, saying they first wanted municipalities to have public hearings before voting on endorsing the plan.

  • Ocean Isle park scheduled for July '09 completion

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town of Ocean Isle beach learned at its monthly meeting last Tuesday the park planned for construction on Old Georgetown Road is scheduled to be completed by July 2009.

  • Ousted tax administrator’s wife addresses board

    Diane Bagby is standing by her man.

    Her husband Tom Bagby recently resigned his post as Brunswick County Tax Administrator at the request of the board of commissioners.

    While Tom Bagby said last week he was surprised by the commissioners’ request for his resignation, Diane Bagby had much more to say at Monday night’s county commissioners’ meeting.

    Diane Bagby argued Tom Bagby was not given an opportunity to express his opinion after the board made its decision at its last meeting, even though he was at the meeting.

  • Local food producers, sellers organizing, getting the word out

    GRISSETTOWN—Farmers, ranchers and gardeners need to start thinking of themselves as marketers if they want to launch a successful local food initiative in Brunswick County.

    That’s what Annette Dunlap of the N.C. Department of Agriculture told a group of interested farmers and retailers gathered at Silver Coast Winery Friday morning for the first of many meetings to discuss the county’s growing local food movement.

  • Sweepstakes request dealt a delay in Calabash

    CALABASH—A request for a conditional use permit for a sweepstakes business was tabled Monday night by the Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    Chris Wisdo has submitted an application for a special/conditional use permit for 13 gaming-station computers in Calabash Plaza in the town's central business district.

    "We're considering a computer that offers a sweepstakes," said Wisdo, comparing the venture to contests offered by Pepsi and McDonald's.

  • Breaking NewsTractor trailer accident causes delays on U.S. 74-76

    Brunswick County emergency officials are urging motorists on U.S. 74-46 westbound and U.S. 421 southbound to use caution after an earlier wreck.

    According to emergency officials, a tractor trailer traveling south on U.S. 421 wrecked while exiting into the westbound lane of U.S. 74-76 around noon Tuesday.

    The U.S. 421 exit ramp as well as the right lane of U.S. 74-76 will be closed for an extended period of time for cleanup. Motorists are urged to use caution as they pass through this area and to expect delays.

  • Oyster festival deemed damp, but not dreary success

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Even the rains couldn’t keep people away from their oysters last weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Altman said last weekend’s N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach was a success, despite a slow rainy start to the two-day festival on Saturday.

    “I think all in all it was successful, especially Sunday. Typically, Sunday is a slower day for us. This year, Sunday was like our Saturday,” Altman said.