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  • Carolina Shores begins comprehensive planning process

    Carolina Shores is undergoing a comprehensive land use planning process and encourages residents to be involved as a future vision of the town is crafted.

    Monthly public updates are given at planning board meetings, which residents are encouraged to attend.

    Participate in the planning process online at plancarolinashores.com.

  • Rabon named to lead Senate Rules Committee

    State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, will serve as the next chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced via Facebook post.

  • Sunset Beach achieves improved CRS rating

    Sunset Beach’s rating in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program improved to a Class 7, affording flood insurance policyholders an additional 5-percent discount, according to a town news release.

    In total, the town’s efforts in the CRS program allow National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in Sunset Beach to realize a 15-percent premium discount.

  • H2GO water plant wastewater permit public hearing delayed and relocated

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality canceled the H2GO reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant public hearing planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    The public hearing was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at a different site: the Leland Cultural Arts Center at 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    Speaker registration will begin at 5 p.m.

    The seating capacity for events at the LCAC is about 230 people.

  • Dry, mild winter predicted due to La Niña but don’t rule out a chance of snow

    Last year’s winter weather forecast called for a wet, but not very cold, winter for Brunswick County because of an El Niño.

    This year it is a La Niña that will affect the winter weather, said Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Instead of storms and heavy rainfall across the eastern Carolinas, Armstrong anticipates the La Niña will provide dry, mild days, punctuated by occasional cold arctic outbreaks.

  • New, re-elected county commissioners seated

    BOLIVIA — New and re-elected members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners took their oath of office during their meeting Monday night, Dec. 5.

    Commissioners Pat Sykes and Frank Williams were sworn in to the Districts 3 and 5 seats they retained, respectively, and Mike Forte took his seat after winning the race to replace board chairman Scott Phillips, who decided not to run again for the District 4 seat he’d held since 2008.

  • Carolina Shores finishes post-hurricane debris work

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town has finished picking up after Hurricane Matthew, amassing 13,042 cubic yards of debris.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the Dec. 5 town workshop, said that amounts to about 800 truckloads that were carefully counted and tabulated by debris monitors during cleanup following the Oct. 8 storm.

    Economic outlook

    Auditor Isaac Norris said during his annual assessment of the town budget construction activity in the town is a good indicator the local economy is finally picking up and getting better.

  • Man hospitalized after submerging car in water

    A Southport man was hospitalized Nov. 30 after a medical condition caused him to drive his car into water at Waterfront Park in Southport.

    Southport police patrol officer Jason Freeman said the man, whose name won’t be released for medical reasons, was on his way to work at 6 a.m. on Southport-Supply Road when a medical condition set in.

    Freeman said the man told police the last thing he remembered was being at Long Beach and Southport-Supply roads.

  • Shallotte man, son accused of using brass knuckles in attack

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man and his son who are accused of using brass knuckles to attack a man Nov. 30.

    Thomas Edgar Martinez, Jr., 56, of Copas Road in Shallotte and Brandon Amos Martinez, 21 of Robinson Street in Ocean Isle Beach were arrested Thursday, Dec. 1, and each charged with assault with a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, both misdemeanors.

  • Exam Jam features visit from canine companions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College students fretting over finals received stress relief from some furry friends Wednesday, Nov. 30.

    As part of the BCC’s Exam Jam to help students survive finals, therapy dogs made a home of the campus library for students to play with and pet.

    Carmen Ellis, the college’s director of learning resources, contacted Canines for Service of Wilmington, which provided dogs from its Canines for Therapy branch for the event.