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  • Police seek help IDing couple in motel theft

    Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two people involved in a break-in and theft at Ocean Crest Motel on May 14.

    One is described as a black man 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and weighing between 175 and 190 pounds.

    He was seen traveling in a dark-colored Chevrolet Cruze with an unknown woman who may be traveling to Wake County.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 278-5595 or at oidetectives@gmail.com.

  • SBHS senior dies in Wednesday morning traffic collision

    A South Brunswick High School senior has died following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday, May 25.

    Lily Beatini, 18, was on her way from the Southport area on N.C. 87 near Cougar Road to the school at the time of the accident, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki and Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said. 

    Shirley said the preliminary investigation shows Beatini lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, overcorrected, crossed the center line and was immediately struck by a waste industries vehicle.

  • ‘All clear’ bulletin issued after bomb threat at SBHS

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office issued an all-clear bulletin following a bomb threat evacuation May 25 at South Brunswick High School.

    Parents were asked not to come to the school and to monitor social media for additional updates. Students were reported safe.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded.

    The school was following standard safety protocols, according to updates.

    As a precautionary measure, South Brunswick Middle School was directed by the sheriff’s office to have shelter in place.

  • ‘All clear’ bulletin issued after bomb threat evacuation at South Brunswick High School

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office issued an all-clear bulletin following a bomb threat evacuation this morning at South Brunswick High School.

    Shelter that was in place for South Brunswick Middle School has also been lifted.

    Parents were asked not to come to the school and to monitor social media for additional updates. Students were reported as safe.

    Officials with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene.

    The school was following standard safety protocols, according to updates.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council nixes reducing tax rate

    SUNSET BEACH —Sunset Beach Town Council has defeated 3-2 a motion to reduce the town’s ad valorem tax rate from the current 16 cents to 11.8 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The vote came at the board’s May 17 meeting after the reduction was proposed by councilman Richard Cerrato and seconded by councilman Mark Benton.

    A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for council’s upcoming meeting Monday, June 6.

  • Belville sets hearing on proposed tax increase

    BELVILLE — Belville residents will have the chance to sway the town board’s decision on whether to increase taxes for fiscal year 2016-17 during a public hearing at the June 27 town meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed an $816,000 town budget with no tax increase during the May 23 town meeting. Belville’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

  • Leland budget proposes 3.18-cent tax increase

    LELAND — Leland officials will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, to receive feedback on the 2016-17 budget’s proposed 3.18-cent tax increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members a $10.6 million budget for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    Hollis’ budget proposal includes an increase in the tax rate to .1833 cents per $100 valuation.

    Leland has kept the tax rate at .1515 cents per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Holden Beach asks county to ‘co-sign’ financing

    BOLIVIA — Holden Beach is seeking Brunswick County’s help to receive financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    The town’s Central Reach beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett told county commissioners May 16 the town needs their help to start the beach renourishment project by the end of the year.

  • OrthoWilmington breaks ground for new office along U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — OrthoWilmington broke ground on a new medical office along U.S. 17 on Friday, May 20.

    The building will consolidate the OrthoWilmington offices from Supply and Sunset Beach in one location, Drs. Thomas Kelso and Michael Marushack said.

    Kelso and Marushack bought the property before merging their medical office, Orthopaedic Specialists, which included five physicians and three to four physicians assistants, with OrthoWilmiington in 2015.

  • State election board to hear protest May 31

    The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.

    The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

    Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.