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Today's News

  • Technology, changing habits, economy mean changes for tourism promotion

    Summer tourist season in Brunswick County used to be easy to predict: Families from other parts of the state loaded up their station wagons beginning in June and drove a few hours to spend a week on the beach.

    With the development boom came more opportunities for tourism, and in 1996, the state legislature approved an occupancy tax to be used specifically for tourism promotion. Brunswick County formed the Tourism Development Authority to plan how to use the money.

  • Calabash narrows down administrative candidates to six interviews this week

    CALABASH—Town commissioners were slated to interview six people this week for Calabash’s vacant town administrator position.

    An “emergency” four-hour meeting was called Monday afternoon so the board could go into closed session to interview three candidates.

    The meeting was called on an emergency basis. Because of “human error,” proper 48-hour notice wasn’t given, town administrator Kelley Southward and Mayor Anthony Clemmons noted in e-mailed memos sent out Monday morning.

  • State announces new landfill ban; local officials say enforcement will be difficult

    BOLIVIA—Recent legislation, which takes effect Oct. 1, prohibits plastic bottles, oil filters and wooden pallets in the state’s solid waste landfills.

    But, according to Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis, enforcement of the new ban could be difficult.

  • Impaired driver strikes, kills pedestrian

    An Ash man police say was impaired at the time struck and killed an Ocean Isle Beach man who was walking alongside Green Bay Road south of Shallotte on Monday, Sept. 14.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. C. K. Parks, Joshua Wilson, 24, of Big Neck Road, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck west on Green Bay Road 5.5 miles south of Shallotte around 10:30 p.m. when he struck Fortunato Castillo, 45, of Green Bay Road in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Newest law enforcement apparatus touches down in Brunswick County

    The newest law enforcement apparatus has landed in Brunswick County, and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said the best thing about the helicopter is taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

    Miller said the sheriff’s office received the Bell OH-58 helicopter from the federal agency Law Enforcement Support Services, or LESS, at no cost. So far, the sheriff’s office spent $32,000 in drug seizure money to outfit the helicopter with radios, GPS and intercom systems.

  • Commissioners table developer's request for pump station deferment to build spec house

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday tabled a developer’s request to defer construction of a sewer pump station in Ocean Isle Palms to build a spec house.

    County manager Marty Lawing said officials with The Coastal Companies, owned by Mark Saunders, requested a deferment to complete the development’s sewer pump station—instead requesting a building permit to build a spec house, which would operate on a grinder pump until Ocean Isle Palm’s pump station is constructed.

  • Electronic gaming rules still being mulled by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board is recommending the town attorney research and advise town council about electronic gaming as a special use in all business districts.

    During discussion at a special called meeting Sept. 17, board members studied a recommendation by Sunset Beach chief building inspector Jeff Curtis to reconsider limiting the number of allowable machines per location to 10, “with the stipulation our attorney research this as to what can be done,” board chairman Bill McDonald said.

  • Across the aisle: McIntyre on HR 3200

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    When it comes to HR 3200—America’s Affordable Health Choices Act—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, the Democrat who represents North Carolina’s 7th District, says “It’s too much, too fast and too expensive.”

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant reactors down temporarily

    Progress Energy shut down the two reactors at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport because maintenance on one of the plant’s back-up generators is taking longer than expected.

    Customers will not experience loss of power, and there is no safety risk, a company spokesperson said.

  • Summer season numbers down, but not as much as expected

    With vacationers tightening their belts and not spending what they used to, 2009 occupancy tax revenue was down in Brunswick County over the previous year.

    But not as much as tourism officials expected.

    “It looks better now than we thought it would last year at this time,” Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority Chairman Kemp Causey said this week. “In our budget, we said we would be down 20 percent.”