Local News

  • Board agrees to fund officers at elementary schools

    BOLIVIA—It didn’t take much discussion for Brunswick County officials—county commissioners, school board members, the sheriff and their staffs—to agree to continue to provide deputies at elementary schools.

    After Monday’s joint meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education added a vote at their Jan. 8 regular meeting to allocate $245,838 from fund balance to offset costs for deputies in elementary schools for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year.

    On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously 4-0 to pay for the deputies.

  • Survey says: County salaries 8 percent less than market average

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employee salaries are averaging 8 percent below market average.

    That was the result of the salary study Dr. Jeff Ling, Evergreen Solutions executive vice president, presented to county commissioners on Jan. 8.

    “That’s not take home 8 percent. It’s not an 8 percent raise,” Ling said after the meeting.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate back to more than 10 percent

    Brunswick County was one of 81 counties in North Carolina whose unemployment rate increased in November.

    After dropping to 9.5 percent in October, Brunswick County’s number climbed back into double digits at 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,200 of the county’s 50,341 residents are unemployed.

    Statewide, unemployment rates decreased in 13 counties and were unchanged in six counties in November.

  • Future of town's sweepstakes in higher hands

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town will leave it up to higher powers to determine the future of sweepstakes businesses.

    Since last week’s state Supreme Court ruling granting law enforcement authority to enforce a state ban on the machines, the town should check with the sheriff’s office to monitor local establishments’ activities, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

  • Property owner unhappy with Jaguar's Lair agreement

    Cas Kacala, one of Jaguar’s Lair’s most vocal property owners who has spoken at several town council meetings, has taken issue with the town’s new agreement with Coastal Companies approved in December.

    While the agreement outlined a work schedule for Section 1, he said it failed to address still-inaccessible sections 2A, 2B and 2C in Jaguar’s Lair, which he claims comprise the majority (92 percent) of the community’s total unfinished infrastructure.

  • Couple seeks new neighbors in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s a beautiful home in what Debbie and Larry Sweeney deem to be an ideal area.

    Since the former New Jersey residents retired here a year ago to their freshly built home, they’ve been enjoying all the amenities their community, Jaguar’s Lair, has to offer.

    Larry regularly plays golf at the “Big Cats” courses in nearby Ocean Ridge. Both enjoy going to the beach and using the amenities offered there as well.

    All they need now are neighbors.

  • Sunset Beach approves pier alignment along canal

    SUNSET BEACH—Following much debate, town council has approved an amendment that will allow alignment of piers along a mostly undeveloped island feeder canal.

    Monday night town council also approved allocating “sufficient funds” from the general budget, up to $15,000, to ensure whatever dredging is needed to keep the canal open.

    The canal in question is along North Shore Extension, on the northeast side of the island that feeds into Tubbs Inlet.

  • Groundbreaking ignites work on new Calabash fire building

    CALABASH—Construction of the new Calabash Fire Department building has officially begun.

    Groundbreaking for the future building took place Friday morning, Jan. 4. Government, fire and construction officials took the first digs in the dirt with gold shovels at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads.

  • Leland Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers

    LELAND—The Leland Senior Center needs volunteers to bolster its Meals on Wheels delivery program.

    Meals on Wheels are delivered to people 60 and older who are homebound and have no one to cook for them.

    “We provide one nutritious meal at lunchtime. A hot meal, once a day,” Leland Senior Center Director Janice Solarez said.

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., which runs the three senior centers for the county, contracts with Aramark to provide the meals Monday–Friday.

    Solarez said she currently has 15 volunteer drivers.

  • County pay-hike proposal looms over salary study presentation

    Brunswick County commissioners and staff won’t know what a proposed new salary structure will look like until consultants present it at a workshop Tuesday, Jan. 8.

    But the numbers will immediately be held up to commissioner Marty Cooke’s proposed across-the-board 5 percent salary increase, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million annually.

    County manager Marty Lawing said it’s best to separate the two issues to do what’s best for the county.