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  • Former resident charged with sex crimes involving children

     A former Brunswick County resident is accused of multiple sex crimes involving a child that allegedly took place more than 15 years ago.

    Joseph Robert Hall, 62, of Pamela Street in Gastonia, was arrested by Gaston County sheriff's deputies Thursday, May 29.

  • Former Brunswick man charged for multiple sex crimes

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a former Brunswick County man for multiple sex crimes involving a child.

    Joseph Robert Hall, 62, of Pamela Street in Gastonia, has been charged with first-degree rape of a child, first-degree sexual offense of a child, second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, four counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of statutory rape, and three counts of statutory sexual offense.

  • County proposes simplified fee schedule to improve customer service

    Brunswick County staff suggested a simplified building inspection fee schedule for the 2014-15 budget.

    The suggested fee schedule, proposed by code administrator Reggie Hucks is intended to ease the process for builders and move more county building and permitting processes online while cutting down planning fees.

    The current fee schedule is eight pages long. Huck’s proposed fee schedule is two pages.

  • Rare Agave Americana bloom 17 years in the making in Supply

    SUPPLY — It didn’t take 100 years, but John and Alice Greene’s Century Plant is about to bloom.

    The Galleon Alley residents have grown an Agave Americana plant, known as a Century Plant because of its rare bloom, since it was given to his mother, Betty Ann Corner Greene, 17 years ago.

    Greene named the plant Betty after his mother.

    He planted it at the end of their small backyard where his mother, who lived with the couple until her death in 2003, could watch it grow.

  • Leland street parking will rely on permits until code review committee meets

    LELAND - Any changes in Leland’s street parking ordinance will go through the town’s code rewrite committee.

    And that will have to wait until the committee reorganizes. Commissioners elected six new members — Gale Packer, Tim Linkhorn, Bob Campbell, Jack Kazmarski, Sam Sorbello and Stephen Whitney — to that committee at the May 15 town meeting. They join the nine-member committee that already included Mose Highsmith, Don Garvey and Betty Marano.

  • OIB budget considers expanding curbside recycling town wide

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Curbside recycling has reached the top of the heap in Ocean Isle Beach’s budget debate.

    Curbside recycling is a voluntary program in the town, but outside influence and an overflowing town Dumpster have officials considering a mandatory policy.

    A proposed town wide curbside recycling program would cost property owners $45 a year.

    That would provide a recycling can for each residence that would be picked up twice a month for most of the year, but go weekly during the summer vacation season.

  • Burr seeks law to put Brunswick County back in Wilmington MSA

    Since asking for Brunswick County’s return to the Wilmington Metropolitan

    Statistical Area didn’t have any effect in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will see if an act of Congress will make a difference.

    Burr announced he filed a bill that, if passed, will require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to consider Brunswick County to be part of the same metropolitan statistical area (MSA) as Wilmington.

  • 'Sunset Beach West' plans outlined across Mad Inlet

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has begun reviewing plans to develop 23 plats west of 40th Street and Mad Inlet on the Sunset Beach island.

    At an hour-long meeting last Friday, May 23, a town technical review board scrutinized plans by Sunset Beach West LLC for a 23-plat subdivision.

    Sandy Wood, building inspections director for the town, said the property in question was sold about two months ago by Sunset Beach businessman/developer Ed Gore to Sammy Varnam and other unnamed partners affiliated with property owner Sunset Beach West LLC.

  • Lawsuits voluntarily dismissed against Saunders

    Plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed lawsuits against developer Mark Saunders and his affiliated companies on claims of unfinished work in four of Saunders’ developments.

    An attorney representing the plaintiffs said they plan to refile the lawsuit in the near future, however.

    The dismissal in North Carolina Business Court relates to lawsuits claiming delays in completion in Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge Plantation and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

  • Sunset Beach scrutinizes proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — In light of a proposed tax increase, residents are watching as town council continues combing through the town’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

    At a work session attended by a roomful of residents May 21, council members grilled town department heads, including town finance director Donna Rogers, as line-by-line they pored over itemized expenses.