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  • Snow and ice cause closings across county

    Last week’s snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures prompted postponements and closings across Brunswick County.

    Unofficial data from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington showed the entire county received ice that made road travel treacherous or impossible, with the area between Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes receiving at least two inches of snow and the Leland/Belville/Navassa area receiving as many as five inches of snow.

  • OIB OKs changes for more development

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began 2018 by approving plans for development on and off the island.

    Commissioners approved modifying the existing master land use plan for The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach development behind Lowes Foods on Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179).

    A change in the design of Section I of the development will decrease the previously approved number of lots from 213 to 202.

  • County planning board revises solar farm ordinance criteria

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Planning Board members proposed new regulations for building solar farms Jan. 8 by revising recommendations turned down by county commissioners in November.

    County commissioners sent the planning board proposals back for another review after residents spoke in opposition of solar farm rules changes they saw as too restrictive during a Nov. 20 public hearing.

  • Commissioner denies homeowners insurance rate increase

    The state’s new insurance commissioner followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by denying a request for a homeowners insurance rate increase.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey rejected the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposal for a statewide 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase, according to a Jan. 5 news release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

  • Shallotte, developer head for mediation

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

     

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is preparing for mediation with its riverfront developer after reaching a contract impasse.

    Aldermen voted at their first meeting of the year Jan. 4 to notify Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, that the town was prepared to implement the mediation provision in its amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Calabash woman accused of assaulting same man twice in a week

    A Calabash woman accused of stabbing a man late last year is accused of assaulting him again less than a week later.

    Gloria Thomas, 76, of Wampee Street was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    Warrants show Thomas used a steak knife to stab the man in the foot Dec. 29. She was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released that day on $2,500 bail.

  • Former Holden Beach commissioner Pat Sandifer dies

    Former Holden Beach commissioner Patricia “Pat” Sandifer died unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Jan. 5, at age 77.

    Sandifer served the town as a commissioner from 1999-2001 and 2005-2007.

    She was also the owner of Holden Beach Properties, a real estate company on the island.

  • Three men face meth charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on methamphetamine-related charges.

    Jamie Fernandes Rosario Eppard, 36, of W.W. Gene Lane in Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling ort place for a controlled substance, felony counts of conspiring to sell methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

    Warrants show Eppard conspired Dec. 18 with two others to sell methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Pastor snowballs into ‘N.C. Green Swamp Weather Rock’ fame

    When snow and ice befell the region last week, church pastor Anthony Clemmons did his part to turn the deep-freeze into a new enterprise.

    The longtime pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia virtually went viral after unveiling his “North Carolina Green Swamp Weather Rock” on weather videos posted on Facebook.

    By the end of the week, Clemmons found new fame with his broadcasts that were picked up by a Wilmington TV station.

  • Georgia man accused of using match.com to scam Southport woman