Local News

  • County’s fire insurance districts due for updates

    At a Nov. 19 meeting, Brunswick County commissioners approved a plan to revise fire insurance districts.

    Coverage of service areas for fire or emergency calls will not be affected by the changes, said fire marshal Scott Garner. However, the insurance districts will be reshaped in an effort to improve residents’ insurance rates.

  • County water and sewer contracts will require preferred brands

    Contractors who want to work on Brunswick County’s water and sewer projects will now work off a preferred brands performance list.

    Engineering director Bill Pinnix updated board members at the Nov. 19 Brunswick County meeting on the county staff’s effort to comply with state law.

    The preferred brands list ensures key components of water and sewer projects are standardized,” Pinnix said.

  • County employee payroll information now available online

    Brunswick County employees will find their employment information online beginning Nov. 29.

    During the Nov. 19 county meeting, finance director Ann Hardy presented commissioners with a preview of services that will be available on the Brunswick County website, www.brunsco.net.

    The $31,000 project was approved as part of funding for professional services in October 2009. Moving information online is expected to save the county $10,000 a year on costs for printed material, including 1,000 monthly pay stubs and an annual W2 form.

  • Great white shark tracked off Brunswick coast

    A tagged great white shark has been tracked off the coast in Brunswick County.

    The 16-foot-long adult shark, named Mary Lee, is being tracked by the Global Shark Tracker for Ocearch, a nonprofit ocean research group.

    Mary Lee weighs 3,456 pounds and was first tagged at Cape Cod, Mass., on Sept. 17 and then released.

    Since then, she has journeyed along the East Coast, traveling south toward Florida in October and November before heading back north in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Brunswick County seeks $500,000 grant for construction projects

    Brunswick County will pursue a half million dollars for construction projects from North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant program.

    Louise McGarva, Brunswick County’s community development administrator, presented the projects to county commissioners at the third and final public hearing at the Nov. 19 meeting.

    McGarva said the application date for CDBG project grants for 2013 is Nov. 30.

    The county intends to use part of the money, $150,000, to install an elevator at the new Shallotte Senior Center.

  • Brunswick County merges sewage treatment with Ocean Isle Beach

    BOLIVIA—After five years of negotiations, Brunswick County and Ocean Isle Beach have agreed to merge their sewer systems.

    “Sometimes slow and steady wins the race,” Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce told county commissioners at the Nov. 19 meeting after the two sides reached an agreement to transfer Ocean Isle Beach’s wastewater treatment plant to the county.

  • West Brunswick Interact students travel to New York City

    West Brunswick High School Interact Club members had a weekend to remember Nov. 2-4.

    They flew to New York City and experienced the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy hit the city a week earlier.

    “The Interact Club of West Brunswick High School was very fortunate to have the chance to attend National Rotary Day at the United Nations,” Millie Venegas, a West Brunswick High School teacher and Interact sponsor, said.

  • Classic car show planned to help diaper drive reach goal

    LELAND—Tonia Atkinson has a goal of delivering a half-ton of diapers to Brunswick Family Assistance to start the new year.

    The Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q general manager is thinking big in the third year of her annual donation drive, which hit 800 pounds last Christmas.

    The collection has already begun, but the heavy lifting will start Dec. 4 during the year-ending classic car show at Smithfield’s in Waterford Village from 5 p.m. until dark.

  • Shallotte Christmas parade this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—Hundreds of people will line the streets of Shallotte on Saturday, Dec. 1, as the town’s annual Christmas parade passes through.

    On Saturday, Main Street in Shallotte will be lined with hundreds of spectators cheering for their favorite parade participants. This year will marks the 60th year that Shallotte has had a parade.

    “We will be closing the streets at 8:30 a.m. until around noon,” said Cheryl Lewis, parade organizer.

  • Holden Beach lights Christmas tree Thursday, flotilla canceled

    Holden Beach will light its town Christmas tree Thursday at 6 p.m. at the town pavilion under the bridge.

    A host of activities are planned around the pavilion, town clerk Heather Finnell said.

    The town will also host a chili cookoff. Ten participants have already signed up and will begin cooking at 5 p.m.

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will serve as judges, selecting a first-place winner and one runner-up, who will be announced before the tree-lighting ceremony.

    The Holden Beach Chapel choir will lead a sing Christmas songs.