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  • Medicaid funds will allow Social Services improvements without budget increase

    When budget talks start, department heads usually struggle with increasing staff and updating technology in the same year, but the Department of Social Services will be able to do both without asking for additional county funding in 2015-16.

    David Stanley, executive director of the county’s health and human services department, which oversees health and social services, recently told Brunswick County commissioners an increase in Medicaid funding will cover upgrades in the social services.

  • Leland allows alcohol sales at five community events

    LELAND — Three out of four Leland commissioners approved a proposal to offer alcohol at five community events in the town park in the spring and summer.

    But it was a decision the fourth commissioner, Jane Crowder, “vehemently opposed.”

    In December 2013 the town council amended the code of ordinances to allow consumption and possession of malt beverages and unfortified wine on town property under certain circumstances with council approval.

  • Customers voice opposition to H2GO water plant plan

    BELVILLE — Water customers who attended a Feb. 19 meeting at Belville Elementary would rather have the state tear down H2GO than pay for the construction of a water treatment plant.

    That was the reaction from more than 100 customers who came to the meeting organized by Ralph Maggio, a resident of Magnolia Greens who began questioning the need for H2GO’s planned reverse osmosis water plant after learning about it at a January informational meeting in his neighborhood.

  • Belville agrees to put ABC revenue back into store expansion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will take less revenue from one of the town’s ABC stores to pay for its expansion sooner than later.

    In January, ABC board chairman Joe Henson told town commissioners of plans to expand the Waterford store.

    Henson said ABC Store 1, on River Road, has room for merchandise and customers but ABC Store 2, on Olde Waterford Way, is too small to display all the products they keep in stock. So ABC Store 2 is expanding into an open suite next to the current location.

  • Relatives sentenced for aiding inmate’s escape

     The mother, stepfather and uncle of a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility pleaded guilty to charges related to the incident.

    Katherine Carter, Earl Carter and Robby Hewett were all accused of helping 23-year-old William Hewett in his alleged escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Jan. 29.

  • School board revises instructional materials challenge process

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education tweaked a pair of policies concerning instructional materials and parental review of instruction materials during a policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    A pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year prompted the minor changes to Policy 3205, Selection of Media and Supplementary Materials, and 3210, Parental Review of Instructional Resources, Media and Materials.

  • Harsh winter weather forces closings in Brunswick County

     Many Brunswick County organizations and facilities were closed Tuesday, Feb. 24, and into the following day as more freezing rain and ice fell in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington warned residents of hazardous driving conditions caused by a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain, NWS meteorologist Josh Weiss said in the latest threat assessment released Feb. 24.

  • BCC one of fastest growing community colleges in the state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, recent data show.

    Community College Week, an online publication that provided enrollment data in a December 2014 report, placed Brunswick Community College as the 18th-fastest growing community college with an enrollment under 2,500 students in the United States, Sharon Thompson, BCC’s vice president of academic affairs, announced at the BCC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

  • Wilmington man accused of eluding arrest faces charges in Brunswick County

     A Wilmington man accused of leading officers on a brief chase into oncoming traffic on U.S. 17 faces charges in Leland.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said 23-year-old Daniel Allen Ellison fled after stealing several items from the Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard on Feb. 9.

    An officer tried to stop Ellison’s Ford Escape when the vehicle increased speed toward oncoming traffic almost colliding with other vehicles head-on, Humphries said.

  • Leland man faces felony charges after chase

     A Leland man faces various felony charges after police said he led them on a high-speed chase Feb. 12 that began in Leland and ended in Wilmington.

    Leland police have charged 34-year-old Jario Checo with three counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of assault by strangulation and one count of domestic assault on a female, Leland Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a news release.

    Checo is accused of holding his wife and children hostage before the chase to Wilmington Police Department headquarters on 615 Bess Street.