Today's News

  • Business owners convey concerns in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town business owners outlined concerns about a lack of support and other issues at a town council business community outreach forum last week.

    Local businesswoman Dean Nelson, president of the newly named Sunset Beach Business Guild formed to replace the former Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association, said when a private LLC took over the local farmers market last year, it “decimated the Merchants Association. We had no income flow. People no longer wanted to be part of the Merchants Association.”

  • Carolina Shores woman wants motorists to slow down

    CAROLINA SHORES — Alicia Babcock has just two words for motorists going over the speed limit in her neighborhood: Slow down.

    The Village at Calabash resident says there have always been motorists exceeding the neighborhood speed limit of 25 mph, but in the past year it’s gotten even worse.

    Last summer, two neighborhood pond ducks were killed by a speeding car, Babcock said.

  • Three Sunset Beach restaurant employees cited for underage alcohol sales

    Employees at three Sunset Beach restaurants have been charged for selling alcohol to an underage informant.

    The charges follow alcohol sale compliance checks that were conducted Monday, June 18, at 19 locations in Sunset Beach where alcohol is available for purchase.

    The checks were conducted by the Sunset Beach Police Department with assistance from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency using an underage informant.

  • Commissioners approve 2018-19 county budget

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners unanimously approved the $242,689,100 budget for 2018-19, which does not include a tax rate increase, at their meeting June 18.

    The property tax rate will remain at 48.50 cents for a fourth year.

    The county tax on a home valued at $250,000 would be $1,212.50 and the county tax on a vehicle with a value of $25,000 would be $121.25.

  • Brunswick County to receive four flood gauges for data collection

    Just in time for hurricane season, the North Carolina Emergency Management Risk Management Division (NCEM) will install four flood gauges in Brunswick County that can provide instant information on rainfall levels and flooding potential.

    NCEM announced 13 flood gauges will be added to the series of gauges that make up a state network to alert communities to dangerous flooding.

    The 13 new devices will add to a network of more than 560 rain and stream gauges that measure rainfall and water levels and warn first responders and residents of flood-prone areas.

  • ATMC announces 2018 directory, begins recycling drive

    ATMC’s new 2018 telephone directory will be delivered throughout the cooperative’s service areas through mid-August. The new directories include updated business information, as well as listings and resources for Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    In an effort to encourage recycling of the old telephone directories, ATMC will host its annual telephone directory recycling drive. Through Aug. 17, ATMC customers are encouraged to drop off old telephone directories at any ATMC retail location.

    Locations and business hours are:

  • Elections board split on adding early Sunday voting

    BOLIVIA — The State Board of Elections will decide if Brunswick County will offer voting on a Sunday during early voting for the Nov. 6 general election.

    Sunday voting has been proposed but denied in previous general election years when county elections board members Stuart Smith and Randy Pelton outvoted Boyd Williamson.

    Now that the board has four members, the vote on Sunday early voting hours was split 2-2 on two one-stop voting schedule proposals at the June 19 regular meeting.

  • BCLC gets one-year reprieve from federal funding loss

    Eleven adult education providers facing a loss of government funding, including the Brunswick County Literacy Council, will receive assistance to mitigate that loss as a result of a provision added to the 2018-19 North Carolina state budget by Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Hendersonville, the North Carolina Literacy Association announced June 6.

  • H2GO board split on wastewater service area expansion

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board is already divided over water issues and plans to build a reverse osmosis plant. Now they can add wastewater to the disagreement.

    At the board’s May 15 budget workshop, H2GO executive director Bob Walker said he had been approached by developers of four developments planned at Wolfridge Road and Goodman Road, on Stoney Creek, on U.S. 17 at Hewett-Burton Road and Carolina Drive and U.S. 17

  • Public hearing for OIB 2018-19 budget set for June 26

    Ocean Isle Beach officials set a public hearing date on the 2018-19 town budget for June 26 at town hall.

    Commissioners heard the budget presentation from Town Administrator Daisy Ivey at the June 13 meeting, then continued the meeting until 10 a.m. June 26 to finalize the budget.

    Ivey said Ocean Isle Beach’s total budget for the coming year will be $21,256,707, which is a decrease from $21.882,350 in 2017-18. She said the town will not need a fund balance appropriation to balance the budget.