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  • Sunset Beach mayor opposes town staff recommendation

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has opposed a town staff-supported request to remove multifamily residential uses from the island’s beach business (BB1) commercial zoning district.

    Watts, who owns property in the district, said he spoke “as a citizen” at the board’s April 2 meeting about island resident Jan Harris’ requested zoning change, which the board tabled until its April 16 meeting.

  • Sunset Beach councilman explains role on terminal groin team

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill said he was invited to attend a meeting about Ocean Isle Beach’s proposed terminal groin about two years ago while serving on the Brunswick Beaches Consortium.

    Sherrill, reading a statement at his town board’s monthly pre-meeting workshop Monday, April 6, said he was invited as a member of the public by Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith to an environmental impact statement (EIS) meeting about the groin sought for Ocean Isle Beach’s east end in late 2012 or early 2013.

  • County board responds to legislative bills with slew of resolutions

    BOLIVIA — County officials have made their stand clear on local legislative items.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during their meeting Monday, April 6, for a series of resolutions to notify legislators of the county’s stance on proposed legislation that, if approved, could greatly impact Brunswick County.

  • Residents bring H2GO fight to county

    BOLIVIA — Residents of northern Brunswick County who have called for an end to the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO sanitary district filled the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners room Monday, April 6, to seek the board’s support.

    The residents of Magnolia Greens and Waterford subdivisions in Leland, among other H2GO customers, learned that property in Belville, which sits between the neighborhoods, has been zoned for H2GO to build a $40 million reverse osmosis water plant.

  • School district staff, board members consider bond for construction projects

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and Brunswick County Board of Education members are mulling the possibility of asking voters to approve a multimillion-dollar bond to fund capital projects.

    Board member John Thompson, who serves on the district’s operations committee, said the district has reached a stage at which a bond is the only option.

  • Car crashes into Cape Fear Farm Credit in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE — A car crashed into the front of the Cape Fear Farm Credit building just after 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, April 7.

    Gail Lee, who was working the front desk at the office Tuesday afternoon, said she heard a loud, screeching noise and saw a white Mercedes speeding across traffic on Main Street and into the parking lot.

    The car plowed into the front of the building and into an office space that was unoccupied at the time, Lee said.

    “He never woke up after the car crashed into the building,” Lee said of the driver.

  • Leland wildfire damages 475 acres, forces evacuations

     LELAND — A wildfire off Mount Misery Road in Leland engulfed 475 wooded acres, damaged five homes and forced evacuations in three neighborhoods near Northwest on Monday afternoon, April 7.

    No one was injured during the fire or evacuation and no homes were destroyed.

    The fire started about 2 p.m. in the woods in between Mount Misery Road and Compass Pointe , forcing Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner to order the evacuations for residents on Heirloom Drive, Butler Drive and the Barrington neighborhood.

  • Leland man indicted on first-degree murder charge in baby’s death

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Leland man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 15-month-old-son in January.

    Albert David Morgan, 35, and the baby’s mother, 33-year-old Angel Marie Ray, were arrested Jan. 15, the day Brayden Christopher Ray was injured, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brayden died Jan. 17.

    Morgan was indicted on first-degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury charges, court documents show.

  • Castle Hayne man indicted in fatal motorcycle crash

     A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Castle Hayne man March 23 on a felony death by motor vehicle charge in a July motorcycle crash that killed a passenger on his bike.

    Fifty-eight-year-old James Joseph Robertson was indicted March 23 on charges of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no motorcycle endorsement and failure to maintain lane control.

    He is charged in the death of Robert George Gallagher III, who died from injuries suffered in the wreck on U.S. 17 near Leland on July 27, court documents show.

  • Mount Misery Road water outage rescheduled

    Residents along a portion of Mount Misery Road, just north of Industrial Boulevard near Leland, will be without water Wednesday night, April 22, and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service, according to a Brunswick County news release. The outage was originally planned for Thursday, April 10, but was postponed until April 16 and postponed again because of inclement weather.