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  • Leland lists top 20 capital projects

    LELAND — Leland officials began prioritizing capital improvement projects Jan. 11 during their first budget meeting of 2017.

    “It will be a tight budget year. We will not be able to do everything we hope,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Hollis estimated the 2017-18 general fund revenues could be about $10.1 million providing about $500,000 more than 2016-17 for budget planning.

    Town board members created a Top 20 list of projects.

  • H2GO permit hearing draws 100 people

    LELAND — The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality moved a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit hearing for public comments from Odell Williamson auditorium to the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 12.

    Seating capacity for events at the LCAC is about 200 people, but there was more than enough space for the turnout as only about 100 people attended the hearing.

    Only 20 comments were made for and against the permit with many elected officials and people with vested interests in the plant on the list.

  • County commissioners OK public comment policy for meetings

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners added a public comment policy for its new year of meetings.

    “This came about from conversations I had with other commissioners that all had similar policies for public comments,” chairman Frank Williams said during the board’s meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 17. The meeting was rescheduled from its usual Monday night in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16

    Williams said his intent in proposing the policy was to bring more structure to meetings.

  • Brunswick County Veteran’s Coalition to meet Jan. 24

    The first meeting of the Brunswick County Veteran’s Coalition will be Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. James Community Center.

    Interested Brunswick County veteran organizations are encouraged to send a representative to this meeting to meet fellow veterans from the area and learn what each of their organizations do for veterans and citizens of Brunswick County.

  • Operating room permit public hearing set for Jan. 20

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a public hearing to seek comments on the 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan recommendation for an additional operating room in Brunswick County.

    The public hearing will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road, Bolivia.

    Two medical provider companies have proposed building facilities for the operating room in North Brunswick County.

  • Sunset Beach OKs draft cabana restrictions

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved a “compromised” draft measure that, if approved, will allow cabanas on the beach with new restrictions.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed new guidelines at the Jan. 17 meeting to change the earliest allowable time to erect beach tents from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., prohibiting cabanas on the beach between First and 27th streets and increasing the distance between tents from 10 feet to 12 feet.

    The draft will be considered for final vote at council’s next meeting Feb. 6.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County: Joe Crookston set for Saturday show at BCCOWA

    Listen Up Brunswick County launches its 2017 concert series with a performance by Joe Crookston at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Crookston’s skills list is long: He’s an acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.

  • New Turkey Trot plans trotted out in Calabash

    CALABASH — The town board of commissioners has accepted an altered location and plans for this year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk.

    Unanimous approval for the third annual holiday race for 2017 came at the board’s first meeting of the year last Tuesday, Jan. 10, after changes were outlined by David Hutnik and Johnna Terragna of Coastal Race Productions.

  • Carolina Shores approves property buy for stormwater access

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a contract to acquire property that will enable improved access to stormwater facilities.

    Approval of the $16,000 contract to buy a parcel at 64 Carolina Shores Parkway from F.B. Lee Development Co. came at the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Jan. 12.

  • Winnabow weather radio sustains damage

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio transmitter in Winnabow recently sustained damage to the cable that connects to the transmitter.

    The Winnabow transmitter serves portions of southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties, and the adjacent coastal waters.

    This station is not capable of broadcasting as a result of the cable damage, according to a NOAA news release. The installation of a new antennae cable may take a couple months to complete.