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  • Holden Beach board approves traffic, parking rule changes

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach town board approved an update to traffic and parking ordinance codes despite a split vote by commissioners.

    The board made a number of updates based on planning and zoning board recommendations, but the majority of the discussion focused on parking regulations.

    The new codes make it unlawful to park or leave a vehicle standing in any street, right of way, street intersection, crosswalk, sidewalk or access way.

  • 11th annual North Brunswick chamber car show at Leland Lowe’s Food Saturday

    The coolest cars and trucks, and the folks who love them, will be in Leland at Lowe’s Food Saturday.

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts their 11th Annual Leland Under The Lights Car Show August 23.

    The show benefiting NBCC’s education and scholarship funds will be held from 3-8 p.m., rain or shine, in the Lowe’s Food parking lot.

    Lowe’s Food at Brunswick Forest is off U.S. 17 North at 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing in Leland

  • Commercial fishing groups sue federal agencies over unbalanced sea turtle protection standards

    A recent court filing is claiming what’s good for the loggerhead is good for the leatherback.

    Commercial fisherman from Brunswick County and other coastal areas abide by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect sea turtles, but they are now challenging federal officials to hold fish and line fishermen to the same standard.

    The North Carolina Fisheries Association and Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh Aug. 5 requesting a court ruling that several federal agencies allow violations to the ESA.

  • Brunswick district court judge runs for state appeals court

    Brunswick County based District Court Judge Marion Warren has filed to run for the NC Court of Appeals.

    Warren serves the 13th Judicial District covering Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    “Cases heard in Raleigh affect us all,” Warren said.

    “The last 14 years I’ve sat in a courtroom I’ve considered a solemn obligation. I want to take that experience and my North Carolina common sense and my training and background to Raleigh to render decisions they same way I’ve tried cases in front of individuals.”

  • Commissioner resolution opposes housing illegal minors in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s board of commissioners approved a resolution opposing the re-settling of immigrant minors within Brunswick County at the July county meeting.

    The resolution is intended to address the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Unite States, causing a reported hardship on the communities receiving the minors.

    The resolution opposes housing any of these minors in Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes requested County Attorney Huey Marshall draft the document to create a county position on the issue.

  • Sunset Beach style roundabout idea presented for NC 179 in OIB

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – The Ocean Isle Beach board agreed to start a conversation about replacing the NC 179 intersection at Causeway Drive with a roundabout.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended Tuesday’s regular town meeting to show the commissioners a concept for replacing the signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

    Chad Kimes said his department began talking with OIB staff a few months ago to address safety issues with left turns at the intersection.

  • Two years after fatal boating accident, light will mark Cape Fear River quarantine site

    An abandoned quarantine station at the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Southport now has a light to warn boaters of the concrete slab in the water.

    The 19th century station was the site of a 2012 boating accident that caused one death and several injuries.

    According to reports, on Aug. 4, 2012, Ed and Barbara Lee Pierce of Wilmington and two other passengers were in the Pierce’s boat heading to Wilmington when they rammed into the concrete platform.

  • Fires destroy two Brunswick County homes

     A pair of fires destroyed two Brunswick County homes within the past week.

    The first fire took place in Supply last Wednesday, Aug. 13, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    An off-duty firefighter drove past a home at 680 Hewett Road near Stone Chimney Road and saw that it was on fire. He called 911, but by the time emergency personnel arrived the fire was “fully involved,” Garner said.

    Garner said no one was home when it happened and the cause of the fire is unknown. The house is considered a total loss.

  • Shallotte Point VFD gets federal funds

     The Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $100,000 in federal funds, according to a news release from Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office.

    The department will receive $110,348 for operations and safety improvements.

    Calls to the department were not returned and it’s unclear how exactly the funds will be allocated.

  • Open lines of communication key during emergencies

     BOLIVIA — Communication is critical. But there’s even more of a heavy emphasis on communication during trying times. Just ask Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.