Today's News

  • Openings remain open in Calabash—for now

    CALABASH—The town has yet to hire a new town administrator or fill a recent vacancy on the town board of commissioners.

    But it may be getting closer to hiring a new town administrator.

    Forrest King, town commissioner and mayor pro tem, said last week the candidacy for a new town administrator has been narrowed down to one individual.

    “We’re trying to confirm with that person that they’re still available,” King said last Friday.

  • Saunders-owned MAS Properties sues Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—MAS Properties, one of the many development companies owned by prominent local developer Mark Saunders, has sued Brunswick County.

    The lawsuit, filed June 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court, names MAS Properties and Squire’s CG, LLC, as plaintiffs in the suit against Brunswick County over a water line easement.

    According to the lawsuit, MAS Properties purchased 20.24 acres that fronted the Intracoastal Waterway in 2006. In 2008, that 20-acre parcel was conveyed to Squire’s.

  • Sunset Beach work session set for next Tuesday morning

    SUNSET BEACH—The first of new three-hour monthly work sessions approved last month by town council is slated for next Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon at town hall.

    The sessions are scheduled during those hours on the third Tuesdays of each month to discuss town business prior to monthly meetings on the first Mondays of each month.

    Council’s next monthly meeting will take place Monday, June 27, in lieu of the Fourth of July holiday the following week.

  • GOP plus five Dems override Perdue’s budget veto

    RALEIGH—Five Democrats crossed party lines last week to join Republicans as they voted to override N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget veto.

    On Sunday, June 12, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget, for the first time in the state’s history.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”

  • County commissioners adopt $190 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The 2011-2012 fiscal year begins July 1, and Monday night, commissioners OK’d the $190.6 million operating budget four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Brunswick County manager Marty Lawing said the budget maintains a revenue-neutral tax rate of 44.25 cents per $100 of property valuation.

  • Commissioner wants to see SROs replaced with private security

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren wants the county to consider replacing school resource officers, or SROs, with private security guards.

    At Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting, Warren moved a standard SRO and D.A.R.E. officer agreement off the consent agenda to the administrative report to discuss the matter.

    Warren said the county spends $750,000 a year for 11 school resource officers and a D.A.R.E. officer, and he says replacing them with private security could save between $450,000 and $525,000 a year.

  • Local, state and federal agencies participate in a large-scale anti-terrorism exercise

    SOUTHPORT—With Hollywood-like special effects and injuries simulated through moulage, a scene of disaster and devastation unfolded at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week.

    The injuries were just makeup, the smoke was from a machine, and the truck full of chemicals that breached the U.S. Army munitions installation was just part of a training exercise.

    The loud screams were just National Guardsmen and civilians playing their roles in the simulated disaster.

  • On my Honor Flight: WWII vet London Gore makes trek to Washington, D.C.

    May 25 was a day full of surprises for 87-year-old London Gore of Shallotte.

    That’s the day the affable World War II U.S. Army veteran rose early in time to catch an Honor Flight out of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    He and a planeful of other veterans were among those treated to the latest day trip offered to them free of charge to see the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial honors 16 million service men and women who served in the United States armed forces and more than 400,000 who died during World War II.

  • On town disability: Sunset Beach chief building inspector’s case being negotiated

    SUNSET BEACH—A conflict-of-interest case regarding the town’s chief building inspector is being negotiated.

    The case involving Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis was tentatively scheduled to be heard this month by a judge with the state Office of Administrative Hearings in Raleigh.

    However, a department spokeswoman said last week the hearing has not been scheduled because of ongoing settlement negotiations.

    Vickey Bullock with the Office of Administrative Hearings said a status update on the case is sought for July 1.

  • You can put the race card away; they just need to see your photo ID

    Having recently celebrated my 30th birthday, I love it when someone asks to see my ID to prove I am, in fact, older than 21 years old.

    I love it when a store clerk asks to see my ID when I use my credit card. They don’t do it at all stores, but I’d like to think my transactions are somewhat safer at places where they check to see I am who I purport to be.

    I don’t particularly like the photo on my ID, which I spent a good portion of my aforementioned birthday in a local DMV to receive, but I don’t complain when someone asks to see it.