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  • Sunset Beach committee continues to mull west end plans

    SUNSET BEACH — A developer planning to build oceanfront houses on an undeveloped stretch between the Sunset Beach island and Bird Island said Brunswick County is supposed to provide water and sewer for the proposed 21-lot Sunset Beach West development.

    “As of right now, we still have a letter saying they will serve us,” developer Sammy Varnam said at a Jan. 15 town technical review committee (TRC) meeting.

  • Sunset Beach administrator gets raise

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has merited the approval of town council and a boost in pay of nearly 6 percent after her first year on the job.

    Following a closed session of Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular monthly meeting Jan. 5 to evaluate Parker’s performance, council on Tuesday officially announced and approved a $5,000 raise for her.

  • Sunset Beach officials answer questions at community meeting

    SUNSET BEACH — The proposed Sunset Beach West development was the top topic reaping questions and answers at a Jan. 14 community meeting attended by more than 20 residents.

    Residents also asked about island parking and the possibility of a shuttle service, an island eyesore, beach canopies, dredging and speed hazards along the residential stretch of Old Georgetown Road at the informal session.

  • UPDATE: 15-year-old girl from Ash found safe

    A 15-year-old girl who was last seen between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, on Babson Road in Ash has been found safe.

    Sarah Alexis Evans of Ash was located Monday night, Jan. 19, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Ash man arrested in November nightclub shooting

    A 26-year-old Ash man accused of shooting a Supply man at a Shallotte nightclub in November 2014 has been arrested.

    Deontray Tremel Bryant, of Plainview Drive, was wanted on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a previous news release.

    Bryant is accused of shooting 26-year-old Nikko Hankins at Remedy’s Lounge, a nightclub off N.C. 130/Holden Beach Road, about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

  • UPDATE: Leland man charged with murder in baby's death

    A Leland man is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son.

    Albert David Morgan, 35, and the baby’s mother, 33-year-old Angel Marie Ray, were arrested Thursday, Jan. 15, the day Brayden Christopher Ray was injured, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brayden died Saturday, Jan. 17.

  • Leland plans to hire economic development director

    LELAND — Leland officials plan to hire an economic development director before the fiscal year ends.

    Town Manager David Hollis updated the town board members on the hiring process during a Jan. 8 workshop to plan for the new year.

    “If all goes well, by March we’ll have somebody on board,” he said.

    Hollis said several interviews were held and applicants are being called in for second interviews.

  • Transportation improvement list includes Shallotte projects

    CAROLINA SHORES — The north end of Brunswick County put their draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list in place in December and the south end of the county is readying their STIP this month.

    The Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) technical coordinating committee approved its STIP list Friday, Jan. 9, which will be voted on by the GSATS Transportation Advisory Committee on Jan. 23.

  • Leland reviews committees, communication efforts

    LELAND — Leland commissioners met Thursday, Jan. 8 to review items they intend to pursue in the new year.

    The workshop resulted from a review of goals the town board created during a March 2014 long range planning retreat in Surf City.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented town board members with a population estimate putting Leland close to 17,000 residents. Hollis said an official count from 2013 put Leland at 16,022. But at the start of 2015, it is about 16,800.

  • Commissioners argue over which park gets next upgrade

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 13, to begin reviewing upcoming needs to include in the fiscal year 2015-16 budget.

    County staff proposed continuing the board’s recent policy of selecting items to complete from the yearly Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) using only money available in the budget.

    “We’ve made significant accomplishments in the last few years without going into debt,” County Manager Ann Hardy said.