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  • Leland officials seek grants for pedestrian projects

    LELAND — Leland officials have agreed to commit to building a multi-use path off Westgate Drive to receive a grant for the project.

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) told the town money was available for the project through the Surface Transportation-Direct Appointment Funds.

    The town submitted a project to create a 10-foot multi-purpose path from Westgate Drive behind Wal-Mart to follow a power line easement through Brunswick Forest to Rice Gate Way.

  • Belville says Leland bill for ABC permit unlawful

    BELVILLE — Belville officials say Leland’s legislative request for an ABC permit is unconstitutional.

    At a March 5 workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • County will hold public hearing for special sewer project in Carolina Shores North

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a preliminary assessment for a Special Assessment District (SAD) to install a sewer collection system to serve the Carolina Shores North subdivision.

    A SAD is created for an area where property owners have requested a public improvement and agreed to pay for that improvement through charges levied against owners within the district.

  • Belville hosting grand opening of Riverwalk classroom pavilion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will host a grand opening of the classroom pavilion on the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park trail off River Road (N.C. 133) at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

    The event will be the first time the public is officially invited to see the first stage of the riverwalk for themselves, although people have wandered the trail to visit the pavilion site ever since the project began construction last October.

  • County commissioners return to bi-monthly meeting schedule

    Brunswick County will return to hosting two county meetings a month beginning in April.

    The county already implemented a meeting time change beginning at the March board session.

    At the March 16 meeting, commissioners called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. to hold closed session discussions at the start of the agenda before returning to open session at 6:30 p.m.

  • Park and ride slow to catch on in Leland, but here to stay

    LELAND — Two out of three park and ride lots are in place in Leland, which transportation officials want more people to know.

    The park and ride program was created by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76.

  • Jury selection begins in murder trial for man accused of killing 3-year-old

     BOLIVIA — Jury selection is under way in the murder trial of a Wilmington man accused of killing his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son more than three years ago.

    A day after Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis ruled on several motions during pretrial hearings, jury selection began in the trial of 29-year-old Montey Andrea Murray, who is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Self-initiated warrants persist in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Most criminal charges are levied after local law enforcement agencies thoroughly investigate a case. Not as many people are familiar with self-initiated warrants, meaning someone can make a criminal complaint in front of a magistrate, leading to the arrest of another person.

    Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who sits as a prosecutor during cases stemming from self-initiated warrants, said these cases are popular in Brunswick County.

  • Board approves bus driver attendance incentive program

     The Brunswick County Board of Education has approved a bus driver attendance incentive program that aims to encourage drivers to receive perfect attendance from now until the beginning of June.

    The board voted unanimously at a March 17 policy committee meeting to approve the incentive program, which was championed by district transportation director Bobby Taylor.

    Regular bus drivers and regular transportation safety assistants are eligible for the incentive program, while substitute drivers are not eligible, according to a March 17 news release.

  • Deputies issue 121 citations during Booze It and Lose It campaign

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Booze It and Lose It campaign and issued more than 120 citations Friday, March 13, and into early Saturday morning, March 14, on U.S. 17 just south of Waterford Way in Leland.

    The checking station was in collaboration wit the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program St. Patrick’s Day weekend campaign, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.