Local News

  • Democrat governor candidate makes Brunswick campaign stop

    BOLIVIA—For Democrat gubernatorial candidate Bob Etheridge solving the state’s problems goes back to one issue—education.

    Not surprisingly, the former state superintendent of public instruction sees a well-educated workforce as a solution to the state’s economic woes, including attracting industry for expansion in North Carolina.

  • For or against? Marriage amendment on primary ballot

    Regardless of party affiliation, all registered voters will be able to vote on the marriage amendment, which would amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman as the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

    The Defense of Marriage Act was approved by a three-fifths majority of the General Assembly last year, which allowed for it to appear as a voter referendum on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina.

  • 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.