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  • SB administrator disputes claims by developer seeking de-annexation

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach did not overcharge the developer of Sunset Creek Commons for building inspections fees, Town Administrator Susan Parker said last week.

    Parker and Carey White, chief building inspector for the town of Sunset Beach, cited detailed records they say show the town charged in accordance with its ordinances for the 72-unit rental complex for ages 55 and older at 1401 Seaside Road.

  • Sunset Beach council adopts ‘rules of procedure’ for town ERC

    SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council approved adopting “rules of procedure” for the town Environmental Resource Committee.

  • Business growth continues with new restaurants in Brunswick Forest

    Two new businesses cemented plans to grow in Leland with a groundbreaking ceremony April 4.

    Two restaurants will share space in a new retail/office building on Turlington Avenue across from The Joyce Irish Pub in The Villages of Brunswick Forest.

    The Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar & Sports Pub and A.M. Deli & Diner were the first tenants announced when representatives of Chambliss and Rabil Contractors Inc. hosted the shovel ceremony.

  • ‘No parking’ signs added on Leland streets

    LELAND — Town staff are following through on enforcing a parking ordinance along Leland’s streets by installing “no parking” signs throughout town, which has finally gotten the attention of residents.

    At the town board’s agenda meeting April 18, commissioners discussed whether the wave of signs was too much enforcement all at once.

  • Federation launches inaugural Adopt an Oyster program

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation launched a new Adopt an Oyster program this month to support its 2017 oyster restoration projects.

    Participants can adopt oysters for $5 each or $40 for a dozen. They can opt to receive updates about their adopted oyster by text or email.

    Throughout the federation’s restoration season, the donor will receive four updates about the oyster’s experience, from the recycled shell to a young adult beginning to filter water.

  • Linemen recognized by electric co-ops

    Electric cooperatives established lineman appreciation day in April to thank them for their hard work during arguably their best month of the year.

    It’s the month they can hope the chance of ice storms are over, the days only reach temperatures in the 70s and hurricane season is still months away.

    The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 900 districts recognize it on the second Monday in April.

    Since 2013, Congress has recognized April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

  • Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll April 22

    Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood located off Village Road in Shallotte, hosts its send annual Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll, an art and music festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

    The inaugural event in 2016 featured 16 artists represented by Sunset River Marketplace, live music, and wine tastings. The 2017 event will be nearly double in size, with almost all the neighborhood’s many front porches hosting local artists and artisans.

  • New environmental group meets April 26

    A new countywide environmental group is forming and convening for the first time next Wednesday, April 26.

    The fledgling, tentatively named “Brunswick Friends of the Environment” consists of all five members of the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee, which has recently come under fire by Sunset Beach Town Council with accusations it usurped its authority.

    The Sunset Beach ERC had its last meeting Wednesday, April 19, when all five members turned in their resignations.

  • FBI Coastal Carolinas Criminal Enterprise Task Force gets first conviction

    A Wilmington man sentenced to 12 years in federal prison April 12 for distributing heroin and fentanyl represents the first conviction for the recently formed FBI Coastal Carolinas Criminal Enterprise Task Force.

    District Judge Malcolm J. Howard also sentenced 38-year-old Troy Ahkeen Wilson to five years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday.

  • Agents arrest nine people in county drug cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested nine people in the past two weeks as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

    Wesley Radford Cain, 27, of Windsor Road in Greenville and William Young, 25, of East Yacht Drive in Southport were arrested April 11 and each charged with felony cocaine possession, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. The latter charges are misdemeanors.