Local News

  • County approves school fund agreement for two more years

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners’ first decision on the 2013-14 budget continues its fund agreement with the Brunswick School system.

    The county board had its annual budget workshop Feb. 27-28, but didn’t wait until June to make a commitment to fund the school system.

  • Proposed fire tax could replace fire fees

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners are looking for a better way to finance fire departments.

    At the county’s annual budget workshop Feb. 27, the county board mulled options to end fire fees that are paid to fund fire departments.

    “I’ve discovered over the years the disparity of funding,” chairman Phil Norris said.

    Norris emphasized commissioners are in the early stages of looking at the issue and don’t intend to make a change in the next fiscal year without deliberation.

  • County considers broadcasting meetings, hiring public information officer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick officials plan to reach a broader audience in 2013.

    County administrators told county commissioners during the budget workshop Feb. 27 their goals for the next fiscal year include televising public meetings and potentially hiring a public information officer.

    County manager Marty Lawing said the staff has researched online streaming meetings.

    “I can tell you from our research, 52 of 100 counties (in North Carolina) have their meeting videos on their website,” he said.

  • Citizens, businesses honored by Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce

    A new Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Employee of the Year were honored during the Second annual Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Gala Friday night at Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    “Our future’s so bright. (That’s) the theme for 2013. The chamber has kicked off the new year with many exciting ideas and projects on the horizon,” president Shannon Viera said.

  • Community mourns loss of caregiver, friend

    HOLDEN BEACH—As the first doctor at Brunswick Hospital in 1977, Dr. Mushtaq Khan touched many lives in the area.

    A retired general surgeon, Dr. Khan practiced in Brunswick County for more than 34 years.

  • Teen missing two years; reward offered

    It’s been almost two years since 15-year-old Rachel Natacha Owens got off the school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car. No one has heard from or seen her since.

    Rachel would now be 17 years old. A $500 reward is offered for information on her whereabouts.

    Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently formed a major crimes unit. One of the first cases the newly formed unit has been revisiting is Rachel’s disappearance.

  • Sewer assessments set for Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—As the town nears the last of its sewer meetings with the county, a per-parcel assessment of $5,303.53 has been set for Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott said at the town board’s meeting Monday that if total payment is made within 30 days of receiving the bill, there would be a 5 percent discount. For a 10-year payoff, there’s a finance charge of 3.95 percent.

    “You’re paying in on the outstanding amounts each year,” Scott said.

  • Carolina Shores setting paving priorities

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners agree a busy residential thoroughfare needs more engineering work before it is re-paved.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, town commissioner Bill Brennan said Clubview Lane in the Village at Calabash should be a higher priority than Carolina Shores Drive.

    The town’s current capital improvement program for fiscal year 2013-14 allocates $280,000 for paving Carolina Shores Drive and just $3,000 for Clubview, although $225,000 is allocated for Clubview for fiscal 2014-15.

  • Teen pleads guilty after fatal wreck

    A Sunset Beach teenager has pleaded guilty to charges related to a fatal wreck that occurred last October in Carolina Shores.

    Maria Cortes, 17, pleaded guilty before Judge Thomas Aldridge on Feb. 28 to a misdemeanor charge of no operator’s license as well as failure to comply with restricted driving license, according to assistant district attorney Quintin M. McGee.

    Cortes was 16 years old at the time of the Oct. 5 collision on U.S. 17 that killed Robert Clary Jr., 58, of Calabash Drive in Carolina Shores.

  • Low-cost spay/neuter clinic in works

    Thanks to a donation from a resident, a new reduced-cost spay-neuter clinic for pets should be opening in a few more months.

    The clinic will be at the site of a former plant nursery off U.S. 17 in the Winnabow area.

    The effort is being orchestrated by Adopt an Angel, an animal rescue and foster nonprofit group based in Wilmington.

    The future facility, targeted for opening this summer, came about thanks to a $200,000 donation last April from an unnamed individual, according to Jo Hitchuk of Adopt An Angel.