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  • NCDOT revises Southport Ferry toll hearing date and location

    Because of requests from local officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has changed the date and location of the ferry toll public hearing in Southport.

    That meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Southport City Hall, 201 E. Moore St.

  • Stewardship Development Awards presentation, luncheon is Feb. 19

    On Wednesday, Feb. 19, four distinguished regional projects will be recognized for their significant achievement and outstanding stewardship at the 2014 annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards luncheon.

    The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program honors residential, commercial and public development projects in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through protection, conservation, improvement and awareness of our natural resources.

  • Skywarn training Friday in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will host public Skywarn weather training for weather spotters at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash.

    Training is completely open to the public not only to attend but to participate in order to learn how to call in local weather circumstances to the National Weather Service.

    The training will be conducted by a representative of the National Weather Service.

    For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Carolina Shores residents speak out for recycling employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Several residents have spoken out on behalf of an employee at the town recycling center.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting Jan. 9, resident Frances Dibono questioned the actions of town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon. She said residents are also upset about recent treatment of town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin.

  • Carolina Shores mulls offer to replace recycling center employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town officials are mulling the possibility of replacing a town recycling center employee.

    Waste Industries, which handles pickup of household garbage, yard debris and recyclables at the town recycling center, has offered to provide one of its own employees at the center upon request by the town.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Oak Island man shares stories of serving three presidents on Air Force One

    If you have ever been curious about what happens after the news clip shows the president boarding Air Force One, Steve Lominac is a man you want to talk to.

    Lominac, who now lives in Oak Island, spent much of his career in the Air Force as a flight attendant on Air Force One, serving Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    He grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from 1954 until the family left in 1971.

    “I tell people it was a great place to grow up but not a good place to visit,” Lominac said.

  • Lawyer presents county with property owner refunds from unlawful 2008 revaluation

    BOLIVIA — More property owners are seeking refunds from the 2008 revaluation the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled unlawful.

    Norman Smith, a lawyer with Smith, James, Rowlett and Cohen of Greensboro who represents several property owners in Ocean Isle Palms, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Rivers Edge and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor stated the intent to county commissioners during the public comment portion of their Monday, Aug. 18, meeting.

  • Tourism impact on county estimated at $470 million in 2013

    The U.S. Travel Association pegs the dollar value of tourism in Brunswick County at nearly a half billion dollars a year.

    The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced earlier this month domestic visitors to Brunswick County spent $470.58 million in 2013, based on USTA statistics.

    The most recent “Economic Impact of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study was released Aug. 15. The study is prepared annually for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the USTA.

  • County revaluation public comment meeting set for Aug. 29

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials are preparing for the 2015 property revaluation and will hear public comments on the tax value schedule at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

    Brunswick County conducts a revaluation and adopts a new schedule of values every four years. North Carolina General Statute 105-317, requires a public hearing to allow comment.

    The Tax Assessor’s office has made a copy of the Schedule of Values available for inspection in the office and available for download on the county website,