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  • Concerned cyclists clean hazardous section of N.C. 179

    Local bicyclists concerned about safety got out their shovels and brooms last week to do their own roadwork.

    Paul Dordal, Dave Weller and Dan Dickerson took matters into their own hands after officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state agency wasn’t responsible for maintaining what the three deemed a particularly hazardous stretch of shoulder along N.C. 179, aka Beach Drive, just south of Shallotte.

  • GSATS committee works on Carolina Bays project

    Transportation officials pushing for another highway connector between North Carolina and South Carolina want to check the math on the latest project priority list.

    At the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) meeting June 8 in Carolina Shores, the group discussed a drop in prioritization points for the Carolina Bays Parkway project, an extension of S.C. 31 into North Carolina to U.S. 17.

  • Leland approves new development along planned Mallory Creek Drive extension

    LELAND — Leland’s town board approved an update to the Mallory Creek Plantation planned unit development for a new phase called The Retreat during its Thursday, June 16, meeting.

    The additional 87 lots zoned for single-family homes will also provide more road connections with the adjacent Westport and Brunswick Forest developments.

    As part of the town’s street connector plan, Leland has planned to extend Mallory Creek Drive to connect to Rice Gate Way. The project is included in the 2016-17 budget.

  • H2GO board resolves to proceed with reverse osmosis water plant

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to approve a resolution to move forward on a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Chairman Bill Browning and commissioners Carl Antos and Ron Jenkins supporting the move while commissioners Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley opposed it.

    Gerken and Trombley were elected to the board last November on a campaign to oppose the plant. At their first board meeting, they pushed to suspend further funding of the plant and review the project and costs.

  • Elections board debates adding early voting on a Sunday

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board has decided on an early voting schedule for the November general election, but won’t offer any Sunday hours to voters.

    It was an issue the three-man board couldn’t agree on, voting 2-1 during its meeting Monday, June 20, on a plan that avoided Sunday hours.

    Of the three voting schedules the board considered, one proposed opening the polls from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 only at the voting location at the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia.

  • County commissioners act on school bond, OK 2016-17 budget

    BOLIVIA — Four of five Brunswick County commissioners steered clear of endorsing a bond referendum for Brunswick County Schools on Monday night, but voted to approve placing it on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke, whose wife Catherine Cooke is a school board member, said he opposed putting the referendum up for a vote because the school system was not in complete agreement about the bond referendum and had not exhausted all its options for using existing classroom space.

  • County, towns track Senate Bill 846 on tax distribution

    Brunswick County officials are keeping watch on a Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues for the county and its 19 municipalities.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing the changes to LOST distribution.

    County Manger Ann Hardy updated commissioners on the bill filed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on May 10 and passed on first reading in the Senate on May 11, the same day it was referred to the finance committee, where it remains.

  • Free summer meals for children, teens announced

    Open to all children 18 and younger, free summer meals for kids and teens start this week in Brunswick County. No enrollment is required. Call Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition at 253-1092 for additional information.

    Lincoln Elementary School: June 27 to Aug. 18,
Mondays through Thursdays, breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    North Brunswick High School: June 27 to Aug. 18,
Mondays through Thursdays, lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beachfront pools, acts to head off de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved swimming pools for the east end of the island and court paperwork to protect its ownership interests on the west end.

    Action came following a 40-minute closed session at a board meeting Tuesday as council approved 4-1 a “memorandum of understanding” between the town and lot owners of Palm Cove on the east end to amend the town’s settlement with the oceanfront development from last June 2015.

  • Calabash OKs new budget with same tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved the town’s 2016-17 fiscal budget of $1,243,378 with no tax rate change.

    The budget unanimously approved by the board at its June 14 meeting will maintain the town’s current tax rate of .0875 per $100 of assessed value.