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  • County to review ways to help towns fund beach renourish/dredging projects

    It took two months for the dust to settle after voters denied a sales tax increase.

    County commissioners began looking for ways to support beach renourishment and waterway dredging project at the July 21 monthly meeting.

    The issue was raised when Steve Foster, Town Manager of Oak Island, spoke to the county board to request financial assistance to stop beach erosion by assisting with the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project.

  • State unemployment rate a few points above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers trail the national unemployment rate by .3 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state unemployment rate has continued to fall throughout 2014, reaching a low of 6.2 percent in April 2014. In May the number crept back up to 6.4 percent but remained the same for the most recent month the NCDC has collected information.

    In June 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.3 percent.

    The 2014 unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

  • Newest addition welcomes veteran home

    A special reunion awaited Navy veteran Alan Stanley when he arrived in Wilmington on July 15.

    Among the family waiting for him was his infant daughter he would see in person for the first time.

    Alan Stanley is a Flight Engineer with the Navy’s VP-9 out of NCBH of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

    Alan, his wife Lauren and family live on the base when he is stationed there.

    But Alan has served on two deployments in the past three years.

    During that period, Lauren has delivered their two daughters: Lillian, 2, and Leah, four months.

  • Brunswick County bridge listed on AAA’s substandard list

    The US 17 bridge that crosses US 76 near Leland is included on AAA Carolinas top 20 substandard bridges list.

    AAA Carolinas released a report July 18 that despite North Carolina investing nearly $500 million in state and federal funds to replace and repair bridges in 2013, more than 5,100 state bridges still remain substandard.

    And Brunswick County’s bridge is ranked 13th.

    The only county bridge to make the list, it was in 10th place in the 2013 rankings, the first year the bridge was added to AAA’s list.

  • Woman appeals school’s decision to keep controversial book

     A local committee ruled to keep a controversial book in its school’s curriculum, so an Ash resident has taken her appeal to the district superintendent.

    Frankie Wood, 72, has appealed Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” on school shelves.

    If Superintendent Edward Pruden upholds the school’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum, Wood can appeal his decision to the school board, which makes the final decision.

  • Virus hurting pork production in Brunswick County, North Carolina

     Expect to pay more for pork now that a virus, which has created an epidemic in hog farms across the globe, has made its way to southeast North Carolina — including at least one Brunswick County farm.

    The deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) came into the United States last spring, said Funston Farms general farm manager Mark Green, who works in Winnabow.

  • New Hanover sheriff: Deputies acted appropriately in Hewett’s death

    Deputies acted appropriately in an altercation before the July 12 death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in the New Hanover County Jail, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Tuesday, July 21, news release.

    McMahon said an internal affairs investigation revealed  sheriff’s office personnel “acted appropriately and professionally at all times” during the events leading up to Hewett’s July 12 death.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl

     A Leland man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested and charged Saturday, July 19, with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the sheriff’s office website.

    Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

    Hill is accused of injuring the same girl in November with a cigarette lighter, according to the warrants.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses with a child

     A Brunswick County man pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Monday, July 21, to one count of indecent liberties with a child.

    Judge Gail Adams sentenced Batson to between 13 and 25 months in prison suspended to two years probation. Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said the first year would be supervised probation and the final year could be switched to unsupervised if Batson complies with sex offender evaluation treatments.

  • Hearing on homeowners insurance hike postponed

     Brunswick County homeowners will have to wait two more months to find out whether the state’s insurance commissioner decides to raise rates.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced July 15 that the homeowners insurance rate hearing originally scheduled for Aug. 6 has been rescheduled for Oct. 20.

    The hearing is to begin at 9 a.m. in the Jim Long Hearing Room on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh, according to a N.C. Department of Insurance news release.