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  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • Dredging draws dispute in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek brought disagreement at a town council meeting last week.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato took issue at the April 19 meeting with councilman John Corbett for querying residents in the area about whether they want dredging.

    “I find it inappropriate you’re promoting dredging when it has been taken off the table by the scoping committee,” Cerrato said, referring to an April 9 session with agency officials that council members attended.

  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • Holden Beach establishes Inlet and Beach Protection Board

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners recently established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board to serve as an advisory board for the town.

    The board will prepare and recommend to commissioners a comprehensive long-term plan for the town’s role, if any, in the management, dredging and protection of the Lockwood Folly and Shallotte Inlets, including their respective navigational channels, and the management, protection and nourishment of the town’s ocean beaches and protective dune systems.

  • Shallotte teens arrested in Supply shooting

    Two Shallotte teens accused of shooting into an occupied residence last Friday were arrested over the weekend. No one was injured.

    Tristan Stone Kelly, 19, of Edna Way and Atlanta Blaze Crumbley, 17, of Sussex Drive SW were arrested April 22 and each charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property, larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show the two stole a Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun from a man and fired it into an occupied singlewide mobile home occupied by a woman on Shade Tree Lane in Supply on April 20.

  • Teen wanted on attempted murder charges turns self in

    A teen wanted on two attempted murder charges in Brunswick County turned himself in in Columbus County on Saturday, April 21.

    Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco also faces a misdemeanor charge of injury to personal property.

    Warrants show Watkins tried to kill two people and damaged a third person’s vehicle in excess of $200 on April 19.  

  • Nomination deadline extended for North Carolina awards

    The nomination period for the 2018 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state, has been extended to May 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, and administered by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the award recognizes “notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens” in the fields of literature, science, fine arts and public service.

  • 2018 N.C. Drone Summit and Flight Expo

    The 2018 North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo (NC Drone SAFE) at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center from Aug. 5-7 in Greensboro will feature speakers, exhibitors and flight demonstrators from around the world that showcase the present and future of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drone) industry. 

    The N.C Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s UAS Program Office is hosting the event to bring together key leaders from the research, commercial and public safety community across N.C. and the nation. 

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup to begin in 2019

    NAVASSA — More soil testing at Navassa’s Kerr-McGee Superfund site is planned for 2018, but officials said cleanup could begin by the start of 2019.

    Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, hosted a quarterly update meeting April 10 at Navassa Community Center.

  • Leland, H2GO file joint charges against Belville in lawsuit

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Lawyers for Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO filed an amended complaint April 5 making them both plaintiffs fighting Belville’s ownership of H2GO’s assets.

    The new filing followed Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock’s March 9 decision to allow H2GO to join Leland in the lawsuit to stop Belville from receiving H2GO’s assets and moving to build a reverse osmosis plant.