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  • Agents arrest two Supply men on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested two Supply men on a variety of drug charges.

    Charles Junior Simmons, 59, and Jaquan Tirece Hankins, 19, were arrested Friday, Jan. 12.

    Simmons is charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, trafficking opium, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • School board OKs amended schedule for snow days

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education approved changing Tuesday, Jan. 23, from a required teacher workday to a regular school day for students to make up a snow day.

    The last day of the semester also will be extended by two days to make up the remaining snow days. It will now be Jan. 25, as requested by Superintendent Les Tubb and approved by the board during its regular meeting Jan. 9.

  • Car crashes into Leland restaurant

    No one suffered major injuries after a vehicle crashed into a Leland restaurant Jan. 9.

    The silver Chevy Cruze plowed into the front of Bessie Burger at 1120 E. Cutlar Crossing in Brunswick Forest about 1:45 p.m.

    No one inside the restaurant was injured and the two people in the car were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for a medical evaluation, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    The driver of the car, who was not named, is a man in his 80s, Humphries said.

  • Former county schools leader McAdams dies

    Former Brunswick County Schools and New Hanover County Schools employee James Everett “Mac” McAdams died of cancer Tuesday, Jan. 9, at age 68.

  • OIB’s roundabout in eye of new development

    The intersection of Ocean Isle Beach Road SW (SR 1184), Causeway Drive (NC 904) and Beach Drive SW (NC 179) will be a hub of development activity in 2018.

    The new owner of Ocean Isle Palms a mile north on Ocean Isle Beach Road has taken the first step toward developing the neighborhood.

    The shell of the Publix grocery store in the Ocean Isle Beach Marketplace just east of the intersection on Beach Drive has been raised.

  • House, Senate at odds over GenX testing bill

    An effort to move forward with testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants stalled in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    GenX and three perfluorinated compounds were identified in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University.

    But instead of blocking House Bill 189 — Short Term Response to Emerging Contaminants Bill along party lines, the House supported the measure while the Senate held off on taking action.

  • Leland to host public meeting on parks and rec plan

    Talking about the need for a recreation building in Leland in 2017 has led town officials to re-evaluate its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan in 2018.

    The parks and recreation department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Leland Town Hall seeking public input for the PROS Master Plan update.

    The plan, created in 2008 and revised in 2014, has become obsolete because od the town’s rapid growth, operation services director Niel Brooks, said.

  • Water outage planned Wednesday along Midway Road

    The water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities in Brunswick County from 1700 to 1814 and from 1769 to 1813 Midway Road, as well as at 1889 Midway Road, 1950 Midway Road and 1950 Hewett Road, will be under a system pressure advisory after a planned water outage Wednesday, Jan. 17, to allow for construction on a water line.

     The water line serving these customers will be out of service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers at these addresses served by Brunswick County Public Utilities will need to store water in containers for use during the outage.

  • Carolina Shores sets Arbor Day, retreat dates

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners approved an Arbor Day proclamation at their monthly board meeting last Thursday, Jan. 11.

    The date this year is March 16, when the town will observe Arbor Day and invite the public to join in the celebration by protecting trees and woodlands and planting trees.

    The board approved having its annual budget retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

  • Calabash shifts into budget mode

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved their budget work calendar for the year that launches Jan. 25 and continues monthly through April.

    The first board workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at town hall on Persimmon Road to discuss overall goals and objectives.

    Department requests are due to Town Administrator Chuck Nance by Feb. 14. Nance will meet with commissioner/finance director Michael Price later that month to review department requests.

    Subsequent board budget workshops are scheduled for March 7, April 4 and April 25.