Today's News

  • State lifts burn ban; local ban still in effect

    Forestry officials temporarily lifted the statewide ban on open burning Jan. 2, but Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner has not rescinded the local ban.

    The countywide ban on open burning prohibits open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling.

    “Although the area received some rain over the recent past, North Carolina remains in a severe drought, which has created dry, hazardous conditions, which has prompted a red flag warning to be issued by the National Weather Service for most of the state,” Garner stated in a press release.

  • Mobile biopsy unit rolls into Brunswick Community Hospital

    SUPPLY—A new service offered at Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply is on the move.

    Every other week, a mobile stereotactic breast biopsy center will arrive at the hospital, making it more convenient for Brunswick County residents to receive this less-invasive biopsy procedure in the county.

    Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said the mobile biopsy unit makes it easier and less expensive for women who may have a suspicious mammogram or a small breast lump to visit the mobile biopsy unit rather than travel to another county for the same procedure.

  • County agrees to fund completion of former Shallotte Rescue Squad building

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday agreed to fund the completion of the former Shallotte Rescue Squad building, and awarded the construction contract to 3M Construction.

    Of the four contractors who submitted bids, 3M Construction was awarded the contract with the low bid of $423,300, EMS director Brian Watts said.

    An additional $94,850 was appropriated for outside grading and paving to be completed by Brunswick County Operations Services, Watts said.

  • Federal funds secured for senior center

    SOUTHPORT—A multi-use senior center in the works for Southport has been awarded $250,000 in federal funds.

    According to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. Director Jim Russell, the proposed senior center would likely cost about $2 million, with county commissioners appropriating roughly three fourths of total cost.

    Even with the county commitment and the recently federal appropriations, Russell said additional funds are still needed for furnishings and other equipment.

  • Business briefs

    Peters named employee of month

    Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center named Norma Peters as its November Employee of the Month at a celebratory function recognizing all nominees.

    The nominees were: Peters, Sonia Taylor, Mary Bryant, Natalie Brown, Debi McGrath, Peggy Barnett, Melody Melanson, Elizabeth Dominguez-Marin, Elizabeth (Betsy) Melanson, Alex Diaz, Patti Dugan, Georgia Bland and Karen Peters.

  • Restaurants receive health grades

    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.

  • Growth in occupancy income expected to continue in 2008 but may slow down

    A research firm is predicting a modest slowdown in the U.S. lodging industry this year—a 4.5 percent gain in revenue per room over the previous year. It is the slowest growth pace in five years.

    In a news release, PKF Hospitality Research forecast a .7 percent decline in occupancy levels and a 5.3 percent increase in average daily room rates, resulting in the 4.5 percent gain.

    It’s the slowest pace of growth since the industry began recovering from the 2001-2003 industry recession, the news release states.

  • ATMC completes wireless site

    ATMC has announced the completion of another ATMC Wireless transmission site.

    This newest site, in Calabash, will improve signal coverage from Bonaparte to Calabash, Carolina Shores and the business and residential areas of Calabash from Persimmon Road to the NC/SC state line.

    Apart from providing dramatically improved signal strength and call quality, new wireless towers are equipped with General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) technology.

  • Turtle patrol surfboard behind locked doors

    Local retired artist Holly Shaker, who now donates much of her work to local charities, is one of the artists who has an original work in the former home of Sea Fine Art Gallery in Calabash.

    The difference is Shaker’s work is a painted surfboard she had on display at the gallery. She recently donated it to the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol for an upcoming fundraiser.

    Now, Shaker says building owner Forrest King has refused to allow Shaker to remove the board, which she was planning to give to the turtle patrol volunteers for an upcoming auction.

  • Calabash closer to annexing Devaun Park

    CALABASH—The town is inching closer toward annexation of Devaun Park off N.C. 179.

    Tuesday night, Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart said he and business partner Vaughn Stanaland met in October with town administrator Donna Prince to discuss voluntarily annexing 16 lots at the community’s Riverside Park and Marina.