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  • Budgets on the minds of commissioners at Feb. 17 meeting

    Brunswick County commissioners are planning for a one-day budget retreat at the county complex March 6.

    The budget retreat, which in past years has included presentations from every county department head on projects in need of funding for the upcoming year, could be restricted to a one-day review of departments by County Manager Ann Hardy, Deputy County Manager Steve Stone and Health and Human Services Director David Stanley.

  • Leland police fire sergeant over improper training log

    Leland Police Chief Mike James fired one of the department’s sergeants for improperly logging training hours.

    James said after receiving reports of a possible violation, he had a lieutenant perform an internal investigation.

    Officers in the Leland department have to go through radar school to use the police cruiser radar system. They take a course and then must continue training for an additional 16 hours in their police car with a certified operator to become radar certified.

  • Federal funds offered for energy assistance through DSS

    Hundreds of Brunswick County residents have applied for energy assistance funds since the health department program opened to the general public last week.

    The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

    For 2014, the county received $555,496, more than triple last year’s amount of funding.

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services director Cathy Lytch said the funding varies from year to year.

  • Unemployment in Brunswick County back above 8 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continued to climb in December 2013, increasing to 8.2 percent.

    After dropping steadily through much of 2013, the unemployment rate hit a low of 7.7 percent in October, then crept up for the first time in a year to 7.9 percent in November.

    The last time Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was above eight percent was August 2013, when it sat at 8.7 percent.

    The numbers are still an improvement from one year ago. In December 2012, the unemployment rate was in double digits at 11 percent.

  • Carolina Shores hires new town administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town has hired a new administrator.

    Jon Mendenhall, manager of Gates County, will begin new duties as Carolina Shores town administrator April 1.

    Mendenhall succeeds former town administrator Mike Hargett, who resigned in November to start a new job as Brunswick County’s new planning and community development director.

    Mendenhall has worked for Gates County since January 2013.

    Prior to that, the High Point native served for 20 months as deputy county administrator in Southampton County, Va.

  • Sunset Beach annual retreat Tuesday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will convene for its annual all-day retreat work session at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Heron Room at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center, 211 Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    The session begins with breakfast for governing body and staff, followed by a welcome by Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts.

    Scheduled agenda items include beach safety topics and project updates by town building inspections director Sandy Wood on streetscape, the town park and the roundabout.

  • Consumer director to speak at HEAR4NC meetings

    Al Ripley, director of the Consumer & Housing Project at the North Carolina Justice Center, will speak at Monday’s meeting of Homeowners for Education Advocacy & Rights (HEAR4NC).

    The monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Hwy. West in Supply.

    Ripley joined the Justice Center staff in March 2003 as a consumer/housing policy specialist and director of the Consumer Action Network.

  • Stewardship Development Awards presentation, luncheon is Feb. 19

    On Wednesday, Feb. 19, four distinguished regional projects will be recognized for their significant achievement and outstanding stewardship at the 2014 annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards luncheon.

    The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program honors residential, commercial and public development projects in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through protection, conservation, improvement and awareness of our natural resources.

  • NCDOT revises Southport Ferry toll hearing date and location

    Because of requests from local officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has changed the date and location of the ferry toll public hearing in Southport.

    That meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Southport City Hall, 201 E. Moore St.

  • Carolina Shores residents continue to defend recycling employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents are continuing to speak out on behalf of a town recycling center employee now that Waste Industries has offered to provide an employee of its own.

    Resident Joseph Franklin, speaking during public comment at the Feb. 6 town board of commissioners meeting, said it was an insult for recycling center employee Jerry Franklin to learn in the newspaper about the offer the town board is considering.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough responded town officials have not said they are going to fire Jerry Franklin.