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Today's News

  • Leland council balks at 10-year penny tax pitch

    LELAND — Town council members balked at a proposal to increase taxes by a penny every year for 10 years during discussion of the town’s 2018-19 budget proposal June 4.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members Monday night with a slightly adjusted, but still balanced budget proposal to keep the tax rate at 21 cents for a second consecutive year.

    Hollis reported the 2018-19 revenues and expenditures would balance out at $15,443,754 but increased the estimate for revenues that will roll over from 2017-18 to $1.3 million.

  • NCDOT seeks public input on transportation projects

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation opened public comment

    June 4 for residents to share their opinions on priorities for regional and local transportation projects.

    Those projects are outlined in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.

  • State Outdoor Recreation Industry director seeks input from Brunswick representatives

    LELAND — The outdoor recreation industry supports 260,000 jobs in North Carolina and consumers are spending $28 billion a year on outdoor activities.

    That’s how David Knight, director of the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, got the attention of local government officials and business owners from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties at a May 30 meeting.

  • Team returns to excavate Gause family cemetery in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Members of the East Carolina University anthropology department returned to Sunset Beach on May 29 to search Gause Cemetery off Seaside Road and Live Oak Drive for the tomb of Revolutionary War hero William Gause Jr.

    Dr. Megan Perry brought two graduate students and a rotating group of undergrads, who are also participating in the Brunswick Town Archeological Field School in Winnabow, for a second year of study of the Gause family gravesite at the invitation of J.R. Robinson, a direct descendant of William Gause Jr. and John Julius Gause Jr.

  • County board delays fire commission standards review

    BOLIVIA — A fire chief’s email has delayed county commissioners’ approval of fire department service standards established by the fire commission they created.

    Brunswick County commissioners tasked the 19-member fire commission to generate and recommend fire department service standards.

    After nine months of meetings, fire commission members voted May 24 to approve 12 measures to submit to county commissioners.

  • You decide: is it time for a mileage tax?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two decades ago, I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. Many people still communicated by writing letters.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seems the last two weeks in the North Carolina General Assembly have been all about the budget, but we also have been filing local bills and bills that were recommended by study committees.

  • Travel free from scam-related stress this summer

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    What’s better than the beginning of summer? Longer days, warm weather, and for many, summer vacations. But nothing will cause a trip to go off the rails faster than falling victim to a travel scam. When you’re planning your travel this year, plan ahead with these tips to help ensure a headache-free trip.

  • Mike Sapp: a leader, a colleague, a friend

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    On May 22, 2018, Brunswick Community College lost Mr. Mike Sapp — an exceptional leader, colleague and friend.

    Few BCC employees have garnered the admiration, respect and love from Brunswick County residents, especially those tethered to the arts, than Mike. His history in Brunswick County is indistinguishable from that of his beloved Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Health of residents needs more hard work

    Outward appearances indicate Brunswick County boasts a fit population engaged in golfing, kayaking, surfing and other outdoor activities that have necessitated the expansion of parks and similar facilities from Carolina Shores to Leland.

    The latest State of the County Health Report offers a harsh reality check.