Today's News

  • Carolina Shores meetings Sept. 6 and Sept. 8

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will have a regular monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    The workshop, normally scheduled for Monday, is being delayed a day because of the Labor Day holiday.

    Commissioners’ regular monthly meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

  • Effort to aid Kindred Spirit mailbox damaged by hurricane

    SUNSET BEACH—Want to help save the Kindred Spirit mailbox?

    Meet on 40th Street in Sunset Beach at 9 a.m. Thursday. And bring a shovel, if you’ve got one.

    That’s when a group of volunteers is assembling to venture down to the site on Bird Island to aid the mailbox and its surroundings that were damaged by Hurricane Irene.

    So far, a growing group of residents has volunteered to help, local resident Jack DeGroot says.

  • County spared: Hurricane Irene hammers Eastern coastline

    BOLIVIA—Hurricane Irene has been blamed for at least 27 deaths as her wind and rain tore across most of the entire U.S. eastern coastline. Damage estimates from the storm have topped the $10 billion mark.

    But here in Brunswick County, damage was minimal, leading emergency officials to declare “we dodged a bullet.”

  • Irene’s aftermath: Brunswick approved for FEMA assistance

    The winds have died down, the flood waters have receded, and now it’s time to survey the damage left from Hurricane Irene’s path through Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County’s state of emergency was lifted at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    The state of emergency had been in place for Brunswick County since Friday, Aug. 26. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all the coastal counties, including Brunswick County, late Wednesday, Aug. 24.

  • UPDATED: County won’t provide curbside pickup of storm debris

    UPDATE: At their Aug. 31 pre-agenda meeting, county commissioners approved waiving the tip fees for vegetative waste and debris at the county landfill Sept. 2-17.

    All municipalities are included.

    BOLIVIA—After assessing the damage and debris caused by Hurricane Irene last weekend, Brunswick County officials have opted not to provide curbside pickup of storm debris.

  • Second member resigns from county DSS board in one month

    BOLIVIA—The roster of the county’s Social Services board is dwindling.

    On Aug. 15, longtime board member Moses Stanley resigned from the board when he accepted a job in the superior court judge’s office. The county’s code of conduct, adopted by commissioners last December, prohibits county employees from serving on elected or appointed boards.

    Then last week, Tina Jackson resigned from the board, bringing the current roster of the five-member board to three.

  • Local activists submit petition to commissioners about judicial assistant position

    BOLIVIA—Two local activists have taken issue with a recent budgetary move by county commissioners that allowed Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to fund a position in her office.

    At their July 5 meeting, county commissioners unanimously approved a request Lewis made to transfer funds from her special court programs to fund a judicial assistant position, which she said was lost through reduction in force by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Tropical depression becomes Tropical Storm Katia

    The National Hurricane Center is now tracking Tropical Storm Katia.

    As of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update, the storm was 720 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.

    The update said Katia “continues to strengthen over the eastern tropical Atlantic,” but the storm poses no threat to land at its current location.

    Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph, and she is tracking west-northwest at 20 mph.

    Forecasters expect Katia to be upgraded to a hurricane by Wednesday.

  • Commissioners approve interest-free payment plans for water tap fees

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners recently approved interest-free payment plans for property owners to connect to the county’s water system.

    At their Aug. 15 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the payment plans, which are available interest-free for one, two or three years.

    The plan was brought about because many people were opting not to tap onto the county’s water system, citing the cost to do so, Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy said.

  • Too prepared for Hurricane Irene? They’re kidding, right?

    Just in time for football season, I’m taking a line from Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano’s Facebook page: “It’s Monday morning…and everyone’s a quarterback.”

    Yes, Anthony, I’m sure they are.

    He, of course, is referring to the interesting human phenomenon of Monday-morning quarterbacking—the rare condition in which everyone has an opinion (usually of the would’ve, should’ve could’ve variety) about how the game should have been played.