Local News

  • County commissioners to outsource food services

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners plan to outsource the county’s food services for an estimated savings of $800,000 a year.

    At a workshop last Wednesday, May 2, commissioners heard proposals from several private companies that responded to the county’s request for proposals to take over the food services at the county. It includes retail cafeteria sales, inmate meals and meals for Brunswick County Senior Resources Inc.

  • School start times set for next year

    BOLIVIA—School officials have released the school start times for the upcoming school year.

    Since the board of education voted last month to return to a single-bell schedule from the staggered-start schedule used this year, the school day for students will once again change.

    The instructional day will begin at 8 a.m. for elementary school students and end at 3 p.m.

    For middle school students, their instructional day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.

  • N.C. General Assembly’s short session convenes May 16

    Lawmakers are gearing up to go back to work.

    The short session of the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly will convene in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 16.

    Both the House and the Senate will be back in session at noon on May 16.

  • County commissioners approve construction and demolition contract

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have approved a contract to transport up to 50 percent of the county’s construction and demolition waste stream to Waste Industries.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said Waste Industries offers transfer and disposal services for construction and demolition waste through the county’s transfer station at the Brunswick County landfill in Bolivia. Lewis said Waste Industries has agreed to haul and dispose construction and demolition waste at a rate of $38 per ton with no fuel surcharge.

  • Sheriff’s north-end substation relocates

  • State unemployment extension program set to expire

    RALEIGH—North Carolina is no longer eligible for the Extended Benefits (EB) program, according to a recent notification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    The last payable week of EB will be the week ending May 12.

    Workers who file their claim through the EB program will no longer be eligible to receive extended benefits once the period ends. Roughly 199,000 people are receiving benefits in North Carolina. Of those, 17,000 people are currently receiving benefits in the EB program.

  • Relay for Life raises more than $233,000 for American Cancer Society

    SHALLOTTE—Nearly 800 people walked and walked into the evening, throughout the night and into the morning, all to raise money and awareness May 4-5 for the American Cancer Society.

    Brunswick County’s 15th annual Relay for Life had 70 teams participate. More than $233,000 was raised during the event, according to preliminary numbers tallied by Erica O’Brien, community coordinator with the American Cancer Society.

  • Beach Assembly of God: Adventures in church

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Beach Assembly of God, known in the community for its interactive Christmas drama “Bethlehem Live,” is at it again.

    Only this time, members are taking their creativity to the Sunday school classroom and transforming it into Adventure Island.

  • Free help now available for immigration issues

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County residents have a free, go-to source for help with legal immigration issues.

    “It is a very complicated and very emotional subject,” said the Rev. Robert Ippolito of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church. “We started the program because I realized there were more green card holders here than I thought. There are many sweeping generalizations that there are only illegal Mexicans around here.”

  • Jet Ski venture OKed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town board of adjustment has unanimously approved a special-use permit for a proposed Jet Ski rental business.

    The decision at a hearing Thursday morning at Sunset Beach Town Hall clears the way for Sea Thriller Water Sports to establish a personal watercraft rental business on property owned by Twin Lakes Restaurant at 102 Sunset Blvd.