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Local News

  • The cost of changing: School district looks at impact of going back to single-start time

    BOLIVIA—The recent board of education decision to revert to a single-bell schedule has left board members with the task of making up for the loss in efficiency by not renewing their staggered bell schedule.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) reimburses local school systems for their transportation costs on an efficiency rating scale—meaning the more efficient the school system, the more money they receive from the state.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach-hole rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has unanimously approved an amendment establishing rules for hole-digging on the beach.

    The ordinance change, approved at a town board workshop Tuesday, states holes dug on the beach are required to be attended to at all times and filled prior to leaving the beach. It states “No hole, trench or depression on the beach strand shall exceed 18 inches in depth and 5 feet in width.”

    The amendment also imposes a $25 fine for violations.

  • GOP legislators lead effectiveness rankings

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently released its annual effectiveness rankings for state lawmakers.

    Republicans claimed all 10 of the highest-ranking slots in the state Senate and 12 of the top 15 spots in the state House.

    Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, who serves as president pro tem of the Senate, and House Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, both topped the list for their respective chambers.

  • Commissioners approve contract with Waste Industries until 2019

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved an extended contract with Waste Industries for curbside trash pickup until 2019.

    The $11 million contract was approved three votes to two, with commissioners Marty Cooke and Charles Warren dissenting.

    The new contract eliminates a fuel surcharge, Stephanie Lewis, the county’s operation services director, said.

  • Calabash woman dies from car mishap injuries

    A Calabash woman has died following a mishap with her car in a local parking lot.

    Patricia Grace Petty, 73, died March 31 after an incident March 28 in the Food Lion parking lot in Carolina Shores.

  • Ante up: Calabash raises sweepstakes fees

    CALABASH—Sweepstakes operators are concerned with the town board of commissioners’ decision to raise sweepstakes fees.

    At their monthly meeting last week, April 10, Calabash commissioners voted 3-2 to set fees of $2,500 for privilege licenses for sweepstakes establishments and $500 per sweepstakes machine, higher than the previous $200 fee.

    During public comment, Ken Knight, who is married to Calabash Mayor Mary Knight, spoke out in support of the increase.

  • Federal grant tunes in changeover for new communication system

    LELAND—$1.36 million is coming to Brunswick County to speed up the changeover of its emergency radio communication system.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was in Leland last week to announce the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG), which includes a $360,000 county match, will allow 22 county fire departments to switch to the new Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) system.

    “This is huge,” Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said.

  • Hole issue: Sunset Beach digging deeper for sand, tent rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Digging holes in the sand with a shovel is as common as boogie boards and sunbathing at the beach.

    But the seemingly innocuous activity has also been known to pose safety hazards.

    At its upcoming workshop at next Tuesday, April 17, Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to take a closer look at proposed amendments addressing hole-digging and “shading devices” at the beach.

    Council members have previously discussed safety issues posed by both activities.

  • Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 dedicated

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 is officially open.

    A crowd of town officials and invited guests turned out Monday for a dedication ceremony of the town’s new, second fire station at 7149 Old Georgetown Road.

    The ceremony kicked off with a welcome by Mayor Richard Cerrato and presentation of colors by Marine Corps League Carolina Borders Detachment 1036 of Calabash, followed by an invocation and singing of the National Anthem.

  • North Carolinians get (cheaper) gas south of the border

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—First thing Monday morning, North Carolinians were having a gas in South Carolina—a cheaper gas, that is.

    Lines of vehicles, most of them from North Carolina, were arriving in a steady flow to take advantage of cheaper gas prices at the Lowes Foods fuel station just south of the border.

    “I’m only seven miles away,” Sunset Beach resident Bill McNeil said as he filled up his SUV. “While we’re shopping at Lowes, you can kill two birds with one stone.”