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  • Ocean Isle Beach selects new attorney

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith presented a special recognition to the town’s long serving attorney, Elva Jess, at her final town meeting Sept. 9.

    Jess accepted a job with Brunswick County, serving as the Department of Social Services attorney.

    The town’s search for a new attorney did not need to range far and wide as Jess’ former partner, Mike Isenberg of Isenberg and Thompson, Attorneys at Law, was approved by the board members to replace her.

  • Holden Beach approves town funds to expedite Bridgeview park

    HOLDEN BEACH–Holden Beach officials agreed to fund part of a list of amenities at Bridgeview Park after learning they did not receive grant funding for the project.

    Town Manager David Hewett told commissioners at the Sept. 9 meeting the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application for the park under the water tower across Rothschild Street from the town hall was not approved.

    In 2013, officials approved a park to include amenities at a cost between $138,000-$163,600.

  • November election first for new elections director

    Sara Knotts isn’t on any ballot, but she will be all over the November election as Brunswick County’s board of elections director.

    Former Director Greg Bellamy retired July 31, leaving Knotts to take over in early August.

    Knotts was named to the lead role after more than eight years in the elections office. She has worked as deputy director since 2006.

  • General election absentee voting has already begun

    Mid-September isn’t typically thought of as election season, but the polls are open – so to speak.

    Absentee ballots became available Sept. 12, 60 days prior to election day, Nov. 4.

    Brunswick County Director of Elections Sara Knotts said by Monday 112 ballots had already been requested and mailed.

    “Absentee ballots will pick up. It starts sixty days before the election so people are not in election mode,” Knotts said.

  • North Brunswick Chamber hosts first NC Rice Festival, Sept. 20-21

    The first North Carolina Rice Festival, a new weekend event to recognize the cash crop that helped establish Brunswick County, is coming Sept. 20-21.

    The festival will be at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

    W.C. Lanier, owner of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, has partnered with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to create the event based on festivals in rice states of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

  • Belville proposes Riverwalk to Battleship connection

    Following the success of planning and funding the first phase of the Brunswick Riverwalk park, Belville officials are thinking regionally by trying to bridge their park to the USS North Carolina Battleship park.

    Commissioner Joe Breault spoke at the Eagles Island Coalition Sept. 3 meeting to propose Belville, the Eagles Island Coalition and the Battleship Park work together on a bike and pedestrian trail that would run along the Belville side of the Brunswick River to an unused road that runs parallel to U.S. 17/74/76.

  • Shallotte supporting alcohol abstinence program in schools

    Shallotte officials agreed to the town’s ABC Board request to approve spending $2,000 to support a program to stop underage drinking.

    The Sold Out School Alcohol Abstinence Program uses school assembly programs then follows up with social networking and family and community support to provide drug and alcohol education and life skills to eliminate underage drinking and drug use.

    Five assemblies are planned to present to middle school students in the fall and five high school assemblies will take place in the spring.

  • Ocean Isle Beach swears in new police chief

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – Four generations of Ken Bellamy’s family and a packed room of visitors including Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David attended Bellamy’s swearing-in as the new Ocean Isle Beach Police Chief Tuesday.

    Bellamy, the former Assistant Chief, stepped up to the role after former Chief John Goodwin retired in August.

    “John was chief for 23 and a half years. He gave his notice in June and retired last month,” Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said.

  • Three face multiple drug charges

    Agents arrested three people on various drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a brief investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    John Eric Williams, 28, of Laurinburg, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website. He is incarcerated on $125,000 bail.

  • UPDATE: Additional bank robber photos released

    The Shallotte Police Department has been able to secure additional images of  the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    “The suspect took out a note and gave it to the teller at the counter,” according to a Sept. 17 news release from the town. “He ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and entered the woods.”