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  • Leland opens new town hall for review, town meeting

    LELAND — Leland residents had their first chance to walk through the new town hall July 16 before a dedication ceremony prior to the monthly town meeting.

    Officials also christened the building by hosting the meeting in the new commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor.

    Visitors were able to walk through the completed, but unfurnished, two-story town hall, which includes administration offices and the meeting room in one wing along Town Hall Drive and the police department, whose wing runs along Old Fayetteville Road.

  • Holden Beach seeks NCDOT crosswalks, votes down $500,000 toilets

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach staff sought help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve the town’s crosswalks after receiving complaints about deficient pavement markings, signs and maintenance.

    But according to the NCDOT, the town improperly created crosswalks at every beach access — 24 in all — along Ocean Boulevard.

    Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, updated commissioners about the issue during their July 14 meeting.

  • Candidate filing ends for November elections

    A handful of candidates, including a number of incumbents, waited until the final day of the filing period to run for office in the November municipal election.

    Council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. The filing period opened at 8:30 a.m. July 6 and ended at noon Friday, July 17.

    The end of the filing period also showed a small number of elected officials chose not to seek re-election.

  • Offshore oil drilling opponents ask county commissioners to reconsider resolution

    BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Board of Commissioners resolution advocating seismic surveys and offshore drilling development brought a host of opponents to Monday’s commission meeting.

    The resolution, passed July 6, said the board supports seismic surveying in the Atlantic Ocean to promote future offshore drilling efforts off the coast. It states there is a lack of demonstrated harm to marine mammal populations or coastal communities and effective mitigation measures used by the geological and geophysical industry protect individual animals.

  • School board continues discussion on day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — For the last six months, officials have discussed the possibility of implementing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    Those discussions continued at the Brunswick County School Board’s operations committee meeting Tuesday, July 21, at the district’s administrative offices.

    At their regular meeting in early July, board members approved Bolivia Elementary School as a potential site for the program on the condition that staff explore other options throughout the community before Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Project Lazarus consultant confident in county’s ability to combat drug problem

     BOLIVIA — Anne Thomas has traveled across the Tar Heel State for the last five years as a consultant for communities trying to combat prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

    Thomas, who also works with Community Care of North Carolina, works with Project Lazarus for those seeking to establish the program in their communities.

    She has assisted the project’s Brunswick County Coalition since Project Lazarus founder Fred Brazon brought community leaders together last summer to address the prescription painkiller problem locally.

  • Mothers, children benefit from community baby shower

     SHALLOTTE — As a certified nursing assistant in the labor and delivery department at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Lauren Haigler sees mothers almost every day who may not have what they need — diapers, wipes, formula, clothes and car seats — when they leave the hospital.

    Mothers could receive all of those things at more at the inaugural Brunswick Baby Shower, which Haigler hosted Saturday, July 18, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte.

    The large turnout surprised Haigler, who began organizing the event just six weeks ago.

  • Supply man charged with felony drug violations

     A Supply man is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility after being arrested on drug charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 28-year-old Corey Alexander Morgan on July 15 and charged him with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, four counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and four misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, jail records show.

    Morgan was in possession of 150 bindles of heroin at the time of his arrest, warrants show.

  • Two men face sex crime charges in Brunswick County

     Two men accused of sex crimes face felony charges in Brunswick County.

    Sheriff’s office detectives arrested 26-year-old Brandon Lamar Stevenson of Bolivia on Sunday, July 20, and charged him with second-degree rape and second-degree sexual offense. A warrant shows the crimes occurred the same day as the arrest.

    Stevenson is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail, jail records show.

  • Data show significant increase in county housing market

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s total number of residential real estate sales, average selling price and dollar volume reached their highest point of the year so far, Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in a June 16 news release. BCAR also reported the highest number of units sold and highest dollar volume in one month since 2010.