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  • Shallotte woman found safely; Silver Alert canceled

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Shallotte woman.

    Margaret Ward, 81, was last seen at 5291 King Fisher Drive Drive in Shallotte. The alert does not provide the time Ward was last seen, but the alert was released at 2:52 a.m. May 17.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said Ward was found safely in Virginia.

  • H2GO receives state agency permit for reverse osmosis plant

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO met another requirement to build its reverse osmosis (RO) water plant.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit May 8 to discharge brine wastewater into the Brunswick River from the plant.

    The DEQ hosted a NPDES permit hearing for public comments at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Jan. 12, which was attended by about 100 people, with 21 speaking for and against the project.

  • Leland proposes tax increase to offset funding cuts

    LELAND — Leland Town Manager David Hollis will make a budget presentation at the May 18 town meeting proposing a 26-cent tax rate.

    The town board reviewed the budget again at the May 15 agenda meeting where Hollis said it is likely the General Assembly will pass Senate Bill 126 allowing collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

    As a result, Leland would lose about $511,000 in sales tax revenue.

  • County budget proposes no tax or rate increases

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2017-18 budget proposal to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $233.4 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a third year.

    The total general government debt service budget would be $13,818,449. The total principal payments on general fund debt are $11,210,001 with interest and service fee payments equaling approximately $2.6 million.

  • Brunswick opioid task force seeks support from Gov. Cooper

    The Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force hopes to bring solutions to the opioid epidemic, and last week they let their concerns be known statewide.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release, members signed a letter sent to Gov. Roy Cooper last week requesting he declare the opioid addiction crises in North Carolina a public health emergency.

  • New group launches to address Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    HOLDEN BEACH — About 75 people attended an inaugural meeting last week of the newly forming Lockwood Inlet Association, whose mission is to address concerns about shoaling, safety issues and direly needed dredging for the shallow-draft inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island.

  • Calabash eateries served People’s Choice awards

    CALABASH — The town recognized a few of its mainstay restaurants last week with honors connected to second annual Taste of Calabash festivities April 22.

    Event founder Helen Kapalka presented this year’s first-place People’s Choice award at the May 9 town board of commissioners meeting to The Boundary House Restaurant. Second-place honors went to Captain Nance’s Seafood Restaurant, third to Bennett’s Grill & Café, fourth to Mmm Que Rico and fifth to Captain John’s Seafood House.

  • Lockwood Folly couple files lawsuit against POA

    A Lockwood Folly couple has taken legal action against the Lockwood Folly Property Owners Association and its board of directors, claiming a breach of association bylaws and its master declaration as well as certain state statutes.

    Lockwood Folly residents Gary and Sarah Gimbert claim the Lockwood Folly POA failed to provide board of directors meeting minutes documenting the appointment of community standards committee (CSC) members as well as recommendations to notify the Gimberts about a violation and subsequent fines involving their home on Marsh View Drive.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops below 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate went on a roller coaster ride during the first three months of 2017, rising from 6.7 percent in December 2016 to peak at 7.7 in January, then falling back to 6.7 percent in February and settling down to 5.8 percent in March.

    The most recent unemployment rate fell back to numbers more in line with September and October 2016 unemployment rates that were steady at 5.9 percent.

    Brunswick County’s last spike in unemployment occurred in January 2016, when it reached a rate of 8.0 percent.

  • OIB board approves condemnation of beach easements for terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed to keep moving forward to build a terminal groin by authorizing condemnation of easements on nine beach lots.

    “The situation is, we need these to complete the terminal groin application. And we’ve gotten them from everybody else all up and down through there,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said at the May 9 town meeting.