Today's News

  • N.C. rep says Gov. Perdue's blockage of ferry-hike rates is illegal

    Legislative ferry fare increases slated to take effect April 1 remain up for debate now that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a mandate to block them.

    Last week, Perdue issued an executive order thwarting the increase that would effectively double ferry fares.

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) of Oak Island, who worked last year on that transportation budget, said Tuesday he thinks Perdue’s order blocking the fare hikes and imposing a moratorium for at least a year is illegal.

  • Sunset Beach seeks professional help to offset crazy island parking

    With March roaring across the 2012 calendar like a lion, and a new, warmer-weather season fast approaching (we hope), Sunset Beach has opted to get professional help and guidance for future seasonal parking on the island.

    Maybe that will help alleviate any parking zaniness, for example when beach visitors are frantically trying to find “space” in the heat of the summer rush like, say, on the Fourth of July.

  • Carolina Shores gets in gear for budget, bucket list

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is getting ready to tie its annual budget preparation with a bucket list the town board of commissioners compiled last month at their annual retreat.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, gave a “rough guesstimate” of $1,702,300 for the upcoming 2012-13 budget that takes effect July 1.

    She described it as a brief or rough overview, “but hopefully close as to what we are looking at for the upcoming year. Everything else is kind of up to you guys.”

  • Board of education talks staggered starts at board retreat

    LELAND—Staggered starts—and the cost to revert back to a traditional school schedule—led the Brunswick County Board of Education two-day retreat last week.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said it would cost the school district more than $1 million to revert back to a traditional school bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Officials adopted the staggered-start schedule in March 2011, and it was implemented for the 2011-2012 school year last August.

  • Commissioners’ resolution supports Defense of Marriage Act

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

    The Defense of Marriage Act, approved by a three-fifths majority of the North Carolina General Assembly last year, is a constitutional amendment that would change the state constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman as “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

    The amendment will be on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina.

  • Republican women to host GOP congressional debate

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Republican Women will host an upcoming congressional debate with candidates for U.S. House District 7.

    The debate, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, is free and open to the public. The debate will be at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors’ Conference Center, 101 Stone Chimney Place, Supply. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    The debate will feature Republican candidates Ilario Pantano, who won the GOP nomination in 2010, but went on to lose to incumbent Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., state Sen. David Rouzer and Randy Crow.

  • Emergency services director wants $1.3 million share in ambulance revenue

    BOLIVIA—With more than $1 million in potential revenue from non-emergency ambulance transportation up for grabs, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano wants to go after some of the market share.

    But Brunswick County commissioners were unsure of the move Monday night, tabling the issue until their April 2 meeting.

  • Commissioners recognize severe weather week in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday adopted a resolution recognizing March 4-10 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

    “Last week and this weekend we’ve had some very sobering reminders of the power of severe weather and its impact on a local community,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    On Monday, Brunswick County was under a severe wind advisory, issued by the National Weather Service, with warning of winds up to 40 mph for part of the day.

  • County calls Coastal Companies bonds; developer speaks out

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have called the bonds for 11 The Coastal Companies properties.

    The infrastructure bonds for the 11 communities under the umbrella of The Coastal Companies total $11.56 million, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

    The decision was approved four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting. There was no discussion because the item was not on the action agenda. It was on the consent agenda and approved with a lump sum of other items.

  • National Weather Service issues wind advisory for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind advisory for Southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County.

    The advisory will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph are expected as well as gusts higher than 40 mph.

    The strongest winds will occur between noon and 3 p.m. Monday, according to the NWS advisory.