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  • Hickmans Crossroads Library to move to SBIC

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners have decided to turn the South Brunswick Islands Center into the new Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Deputy County Manager Steve Stone told commissioners the SBIC, which the county takes possession of in January 2018, would meet the needs of the community that is outgrowing the library building at 1040 Calabash Road in Calabash.

    During the board’s meeting Monday night, Stone said Hickmans Crossroads Library has 15,000 square feet, but it’s on two floors and has only 30 parking spaces.

  • County turns economic development over to public-private partnership

    Brunswick County officials hope the third time will be the charm for their attempt to realign economic development efforts.

    County Manager Ann Hardy proposed at the July 10 county agenda meeting that county commissioners approve a public/private nonprofit partnership to serve as an economic development organization.

    The board members will work with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation, made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire chief dropped

    Misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig were dropped July 10 in New Hanover County District Court after he paid restitution to the Wilmington man who filed the charges.

    “It speaks for itself,” Herzig said of the case. “You can take out a warrant on anybody in North Carolina. It’s unfortunate.”

    Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington who filed the self-initiated warrant Feb. 28, was not satisfied with the outcome.

  • New Leland EDC members plan for second survey

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee reached its one-year milestone at its July 13 meeting by introducing a new group of members.

    Richard Allison and Paul Stiegler did not reapply to serve on the board after their terms ended and Leland Town Council did not renew P.J. Doherty’s term.

    So new members Doug Cushing and Joseph “Chris” Stevenson joined returning board members, chairman David Sink, Michael Braddock, Gene Merritt and Bruce Mancinelli.

    One other new member, Stephen Bon, could not attend the July meeting.

  • OIB accepts land donation to add to beach

    Ocean Isle Beach officials accepted a donation of almost 19 acres of beachfront property following a closed session discussion at the July 10 town meeting.

    The five donated parcels stretch 2.4 miles along the coast but are only about 30 yards wide.

    They sit between oceanfront lots and the beach strand and are mostly plant-covered sand dunes with numerous wooden decks and beach access walkways built overtop.

  • Shallotte ripe for second Mater Fest on July 22

    The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • Belville board recommends first new subdivision plan in almost 10 years

    BELVILLE — Belville’s planning board has approved a site plan application for the town’s first new subdivision in about a decade.

    Planning board chairman Lee Taylor said it was the first new development presented since he joined the planning board nine years ago.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

  • Meeting in Leland details county transportation plans

    LELAND — Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chairman Frank Williams hosted a meeting at the Leland senior center Tuesday to share information about transportation plans in District 5.

    Those who attended instead learned about transportation projects throughout all of Brunswick County from N.C. Department of Transportation Division engineer Karen Collette.

    Collette described the similarities in projects on opposite ends of the county: the Carolina Crossing in northern Brunswick County and Carolina Bays at the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.

  • Sheriff’s son charged with DWI following single-vehicle crash

    John William Ingram VI, son of Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, was arrested July 15 on a charge of driving left of center and driving while impaired after a single-vehicle crash.

    No one was injured.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper R.M. McDermott said he received a call at 9:50 p.m. about the crash on Ash-Little River just south of Etheridge Road.

    McDermott said he arrived between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m., after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

  • Crowd rallies in Sunset Beach against offshore drilling

    SUNSET BEACH — An estimated crowd of 200 turned out for a rally Monday to protest offshore drilling and seismic blasting.