Today's News

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers. They argue it could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • Health department grades restaurants

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Construction slowdown effects seen throughout county

    Not that long ago, Brunswick County residents couldn’t drive along N.C. 211 without seeing a new sign announcing a new development selling lots or “coming soon.”

    In fact, the Brunswick County Planning Board approved 50 new major subdivisions, special exceptions and planned unit developments in 2006, up from 27 in 2005, a majority of them along the N.C. 211 corridor.

  • Mayor moves to eliminate commissioner appointments

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons drew objection when he moved to dissolve commissioner appointments last week.

    The proposal to do away with Clemmons’ appointments to specific town departments was tabled at the Aug. 12 commissioners’ meeting.

    Clemmons’ fact letter stated with the appointment of new town administrator Vincent Long, he felt it was no longer necessary to have “commissioner of” to the departments.

  • Couple says aging trees a danger for their home

    CALABASH—For the past two years, Randy and Anne Spooner have tried to contact an adjacent property owner about his towering longleaf pine trees they say are posing a hazard to their home.

    The retired couple said property owner J.W. Brown, who chairs the town’s planning and zoning board, has never responded to their phone calls and messages, and their certified letters have been returned.

  • County OKs Calabash inspections changes

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved requested changes to a building inspections agreement with the town of Calabash.

    The first change stipulates the agreement will be in the form of a letter from Calabash’s town administrator, formally requesting the county to conduct building inspections for specifically identified buildings under construction.

    The town also will request the county’s services prior to the town beginning any inspections for the buildings.

  • Calabash makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like for the county to actively explore.

  • Future of U.S. 17 at stake in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—What does the future hold for U.S. 17?

    It’s an ongoing topic of discussion in Carolina Shores that continues this week.

    The town’s planning and zoning board will meet Wednesday with transportation planner Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments. They will resume discussion about the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 17 corridor that is under Carolina Shores’ municipal domain.

    The Aug. 20 workshop is at 3 p.m. in the meeting room at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with festivities at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served from 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • Watch out! Here come the brides

    On the morning of her 28th birthday, Jaime Atwell and her maid of honor, Shannon Hughes, dipped out of the line outside Filene’s Basement in Washington D.C., which curled around two Washington D.C. city blocks, and staggered groggy-eyed to a nearby Starbucks.

    They had not eaten in hours. They had arrived at the Savoy Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue at 2:30 that morning, after a flat tire extended their road trip to eight hours, and awoke before dawn to get in line.