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  • Riverfront Arts Festival returns to Belville’s Riverwalk park May 30

    The Second Annual Riverfront Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

    Presented by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the goal of the Riverfront Arts Festival is to celebrate the arts, music and history of the area.

    “The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is pleased to celebrate the local history, arts and culture of our region in one event for the community to enjoy,” says Executive Director Dana Fisher.

  • Belville budget keeps tax rate steady

    Belville continued shaping its 2015-16 budget during the town commissioners’ May 18 meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed the board keep Belville’s tax rate at the same level for the next fiscal year unless it receives a change in revaluation numbers from Brunswick County.

    The property tax rate is proposed to remain at $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

    The rate is based on current estimates for Belville’s total assessed property value of $182,705,750.

  • Leland considers one-cent tax increase for police

    LELAND — Leland’s proposed budget will not require a tax increase, but officials will consider adding one cent to address police department needs.

    Because of a slight increase in property values from the 2015 revaluation, Town Manager David Hollis said commissioners can hold the tax rate at $.1515 per $100 valuation.

    “We’ve grown 5 percent in the revaluation” while Brunswick County-wide values dropped about 10 percent, Hollis said. Leland has real estate valued at $2 billion.

  • Environmental impact study proposed to move NC-SC connector highway forward

    CAROLINA SHORES — The next step to extend a highway from South Carolina into North Carolina could start with the states sharing the cost of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) put the Carolina Bays Parkway project, an extension of S.C. 31 into North Carolina to U.S. 17, in the top five of priority projects waiting state funding in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list completed in January.

  • Navassa teen accused of property damage arrested after two-day search

     A Navassa teen reported missing last week was found in a wooded area near Leland and charged with damaging property.

    Navassa police issued a Silver Alert for 16-year-old Michael Arthur Hook early last week after the teen broke a window and escaped from his parents’ home, Sgt. Scott Perez said.

    Officers began a search of the Navassa community before requesting a Silver Alert.

    On Tuesday, May 19, officers visited a wooded area in Leland that Hook was known to frequent.

  • Supply teen pleads guilty to misdemeanor in former schoolmate’s death

     A Supply teen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle last week in a September 2014 crash that killed a schoolmate and injured six others.

    Seventeen-year-old Joshua Coleman also pleaded guilty to driving left of center and failure to comply with license restrictions Wednesday, May 20, in Brunswick County District Court, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage said. 

  • Highway patrol investigates crash involving deputy

     A May 19 crash involving a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a large truck briefly closed N.C. 211 between Midway and Clemmons roads.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Scott Garner it happened at 7:21 a.m. near the N.C. 211 and Woodside Trail intersection.

    Two people inside the 1,000-gallon tank water truck that overturned were taken to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, Garner said.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the deputy was not injured.

  • Habitat volunteer accused of stealing van, money from Leland ReStore

    A Habitat for Humanity volunteer is accused of stealing a van and money from the organization’s new Leland ReStore.

    Leland police arrested 20-year-old Steven Lynn Spell Jr., of Carolina Avenue in Leland, on Tuesday, May 19, and charged him with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle and safecracking, according to a news release.

    Police responded to a break-in reported that day at the store on Village Road, the release said. A van belonging to the organization was stolen, along with $750 from a safe.

  • Two men charged in Calabash gun theft

    Two Tabor City men are accused of breaking into a Calabash business May 10 and stealing eight guns.

    Joseph Bryan Nealey, 37, of Swamp Fox Highway East, and Edward Devon Grainger, 30, of 832 Big Avenue, are each charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm, warrants show. Nealey also is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • Revaluation could increase county tax rate to 48.50 cents

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s proposed budget for 2015-16 would increase the tax rate to 48.50, up from 44.25 cents.

    County Manager Ann Hardy presented the county board of commissioners with a $214.2 million budget proposal at their Monday, May 19, meeting. The 2014-15 budget was $210.2 million

    Hardy said the budget will be balanced with $3.06 million from the fund balance.