News Line for Brunswick

Police: K-9 unit extremely effective
When Sgt. Donald Babbin began working at the Brunswick Police Department in 2006, he came to the department hoping he would get the chance to work with a police K-9 dog.
Source: Brunswick News

Planning assemblies geared to get community involved
Brunswick officials on Tuesday hosted a workshop on the formation of Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, which are organized groups of citizens that petition the city on behalf of their neighborhoods.
Source: Brunswick News

Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to city
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., announced plans to open a neighborhood market - a grocery store and pharmacy with some household items - at the site of one of its former stores in Brunswick.
Source: Brunswick News

Community get answers on sewer plan
Residents from the Gaines Davis subdivision met with St. Marys officials earlier this week to discuss their long-awaited sanitary sewer project.
Source: Brunswick News

Walmart opening new grocery store in Brunswick by end of the year
A Walmart Neighborhood Market is being built in Brunswick, the first of the stores in Southeast Georgia and the first outside the Atlanta area, a company spokesman told Brunswick city commissioners Wednesday night.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Camden agencies fill space in center
When the city of Kingsland swapped properties with the Camden County school system in the late 2000s, the intent was to add more office space for the city.
Source: Brunswick News

Officials: Tax hike will be manageable
Property owners in the city of Brunswick can expect an increase on their annual tax bill this year, but it won't be much.
Source: Brunswick News

Firms to develop Mary Ross master plan
Brunswick officials are moving ahead with plans to redevelop Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The city commission on Wednesday awarded a dual $37,366 contract to St. Simons Island-based design firms ALTA Planning + Design and Roberts Civil Engineering to develop a master plan for programming and connectivity for the downtown park.
Source: Brunswick News

Utility board claims bank for HQ
The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission officially claimed the United Community Bank, 1703 Gloucester St., Monday as the site of its new headquarters.
Source: Brunswick News

City, county budgets get stamp of approval
The Brunswick and Glynn County commissions on Thursday approved multimillion-dollar budgets for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that provide for additional staff and capital expenditures.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Marys restores 25-foot marsh buffer
St. Marys City Council has amended its Maritime Heritage Overlay District to immediately restore a 25-foot marsh buffer zone that was redefined by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in May.
Source: Brunswick News

Homebrewers seeking more freedom to operate in city
Operating mainly outside the periphery of the rest of the city of Brunswick, there's a club of 15 smart and hardworking individuals who also happen to brew their own beer.
Source: Brunswick News

Office building dubbed 'historic'
Compared to many structures in downtown Brunswick, the Frank M. Scarlett Federal Building may not seem old. After all, it was constructed in the late 1950s.
Source: Brunswick News

14 organizations join to protect Brunswick's 176-year-old Oak Grove Cemetery
Opened in 1838 during the Victorian Era, Oak Grove Cemetery is more than just a place where people are buried.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City commission to consider options for helping 'Blessing'
In the 1970s and 1980s, the city's Spring Fiesta, a two-day festival scheduled the same weekend as Blessing of the Fleet in Brunswick, was a sight to behold.
Source: Brunswick News

Brunswick setting stage to scrap changes that saved nearly $600,000 a year
City residents will pay less to have their garbage picked up and hauled away next year.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick setting stage to scrap changes that saved nearly $600,000 a year
City residents will pay less to have their garbage picked up and hauled away next year.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City to create tax allocation district
Plans to redevelop the city of Brunswick are moving out of the conceptual phase and into action.
Source: Brunswick News

JWSC to make utility improvements
Vast utility improvements to benefit area manufacturers are on the horizon thanks to a partnership between the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and the Joint Water Sewer Commission.
Source: Brunswick News

Blight a growing issue in city
The difference between Brunswick resident Miriam Jenkins' property on Willet Street and the abandoned yard next door is striking.
Source: Brunswick News

Brunswick city manager one of three finalists for Orange Park job
City Manager Bill Weeks has been named a finalist for the town manager job in Orange Park.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick wants Glynn County to give back its recreation department along with $700,000
Glynn County took over the city’s troubled recreation department last year as part of a settlement reached after a protracted and contentious debate over how to split revenue from a 1 cent local option sales tax.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Glynn County needs Brunswick to give up downtown alleys
Glynn County has a plan in the works concerning what to do with a downtown block that it spent $4 million on several years ago when it planned to expand its jail.
Source: Florida Times-Union

St. Marys to interview final candidates
Three finalists for the St. Marys city manager's job will meet in person with elected officials Thursday for private and public interviews.
Source: Brunswick News

Downtown made gains in fiscal 2013
Downtown Brunswick garnered a lot of interest during 2013, prompting one manager to say the area has successfully recovered from the economic recession.
Source: Brunswick News

Controversy over city trash bills quiets
Backlash against a city ordinance that restructures Brunswick's garbage collection billing policy has all but quieted.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Marys brainstorms on gateway project
Some residents and elected officials in St. Marys agree improvements are needed along the southernmost gateway to the city at Interstate 95. Now, they have to figure out what improvements to make and how much they can afford to spend.
Source: Brunswick News

Boards brainstorm future
It was a rare occurrence in the office of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Monday, where representatives from nearly every Glynn County government entity gathered in a single room to discuss the community's economic future.
Source: Brunswick News

Perry building site receives bid
Plans to redevelopment a site along Brunswick's Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard are off to a slow start, but the city has attracted at least one developer with an interest in making an investment.
Source: Brunswick News

Commission still searching for director
The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission says it has three different options it can pursue in its search for a new executive director after the candidate it offered the job to turned it down Jan. 24.
Source: Brunswick News

New Dollar General may give boost to Brunswick revitalization efforts
The discount chain’s ambitious expansion plans included a store that could play a role — even it wasn’t intended — in Brunswick’s revitalization plans along what was once the city’s main shopping corridor.
Source: Jacksonville Times-Union