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  • School bus involved in collision with three other vehicles

    No students were injured after a vehicle struck a school bus on U.S. 17 near Ocean Isle Beach around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Brunswick County Schools.

    The incident in front of Beach Assembly of God at 6730 Ocean Hwy. involved three other vehicles, with emergency crews responding to assist and transport people in the other vehicles.

    Traffic backed up along the highway as emergency personnel assisted at the scene.

  • Stormy night keeps firefighters busy

    As a line of strong storms blew through the area Wednesday night, Calabash firefighters and their mutual-aid partners were busy with several fires, which were likely caused by lightning strikes.

    The first call came in at 7:08 p.m. for a structure fire at 260 Woodlands Way NW in the Crow Creek subdivision. Arriving units found that lightning had struck and damaged the large apartment building's fire alarm system, but there was no structure fire, according to Honey Shore Chiocco, spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Charge dropped, reissued against man accused of impersonating officer

    A charge against a Boiling Spring Lakes man accused of impersonating a police officer last year was recently dismissed in Brunswick County Court before being reissued by Boiling Spring Lakes police officers.

    Anthony Mark Collins, 29, of East Boiling Spring Road was arrested twice in 2016 on misdemeanor charges of impersonating law enforcement.

    Brunswick County District Court Judge Pauline Hankins dismissed one charge of impersonating law enforcement, with the state’s motion to continue denied.

  • School board approves five-year capital improvement plan

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a five-year capital improvement plan starting with $4.9 million in outlay for fiscal 2018.

    Freyja Cahill, executive director of finance, outlined highlights at the April 4 meeting consisting of $3.2 million in the capital outlay budget in categories 1, 2 and 3 projects and $1.7 million for technology for fiscal 2018.

    The $57.5 million CIP for fiscal 2019 is significantly higher, marking the first inflow in bond proceeds approved in the November 2016 referendum.

  • Lewis holds county’s third Opioid Task Force meeting

    A group of nearly 100 community stakeholders in Brunswick County and surrounding areas gathered March 28 as part of the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force, led by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Lewis initiated the task force to address the specific needs regarding the growing opioid addiction epidemic in Brunswick County.

  • County gets name out by helping with Wilmington events

    Brunswick County residents will represent the county, and try to draw a few visitors across the bridge, by participating in the North Carolina Azalea Festival this weekend and the Wells Fargo Championship Golf tournament May 1-7 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington.

    Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman said a contingent of 30 Leland residents will assist with the Azalea Festival parade.

    “It’s a group of individuals, different people from all over Leland,” she said. “I’ve always said we have the best volunteers.”

  • Rap concert denied in Navassa may take place in Leland

    A rap concert that was denied in Navassa Park last week has found a possible new location, if its permit is approved.

    A concert by rapper Rick Ross was promoted as scheduled for April 7 at Navassa Park with tickets on sale at Wilmington businesses Dr. Stylz and G&K Hair Studio and in Jacksonville businesses New Fashion and All About Music.

    On March 21, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation director Aaron Perkins said he received a phone call alerting him the concert was being promoted but didn’t have an application to hold it on county property.

  • H2GO reverse osmosis plant well sites, bids pushed past commissioner opposition

    Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO has begun spending to prepare to build its reverse osmosis (RO) plant, despite board members who oppose the plant claiming the majority of commissioners are acting prematurely.

    The H2GO board approved purchasing two, 1.2 acre parcels of land for RO plant well sites at the March 21 meeting.

    The land purchases each only cost $20,000, but board members Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley, who were elected to oppose the RO plant, questioned the spending.

  • County funds park improvements despite call to sell it

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners agreed to provide matching funds totaling nearly $110,000 to support grant funding for the Holden Beach county park during their regular meeting Monday night.

    But it wasn’t before commissioner Randy Thompson proposed selling off the park to cover the costs of other programs.

    County commissioners voted to buy 37 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge for $3.5 million in November 2014 to convert into a nature park.

  • Developer seeking de-annexation claims Sunset Beach violated statutes

    SUNSET BEACH — The developer of a senior complex who is seeking de-annexation told state legislators the town of Sunset Beach violated statutes and created “an imaginary list of town inspections” tied to the development of Sunset Creek Commons at 1401 Seaside Road.

    Holly Smith of Ilex Properties LLC sent the town copies of detailed emails and correspondence she sent last month to District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, and District 17 Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, outlining issues she had with the town about the 72-unit senior complex.