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  • School board approves public education resolution

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday night  approved a resolution it received last month from the League of Women Voters with one change to the resolution.

    The resolution, titled “A Resolution Before the Brunswick County Board of Education Calling for a Recommitment to Quality Public Education in North Carolina” listed areas in which North Carolina’s public education system has fallen in national rankings.

  • Belville subdivisions see some relief from stormwater flooding

    BELVILLE — For several years, the third rail of Belville politics has been flooding caused by failed stormwater runoff systems.

    Belville residents of the River Ridge and Woodridge subdivisions have repeatedly asked for assistance in addressing the problem.

    But fixing flooding issues is a one-way street for local governments. If a town chooses to take on one repair, all of its residents can request the same service.

  • Resistance to gated communities floods Leland planning meeting

    LELAND — Brunswick Forest residents were reminded they were part of Leland, or Leland was reminded Brunswick Forest knows it is in the town, when a capacity crowd came to the Leland planning board to speak out against allowing gated communities.

    The March 29 meeting had more than 200 Brunswick Forest members in attendance as the planning board considered reversing an ordinance change made in 2014.

    On Jan. 16, 2014, Leland Town Council adopted a streets ordinance denying gated or otherwise restricted roads, except for alleys, from public use.

  • County commissioners approve design plan for OIB park

    BOLIVIA — Members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a design recommendation Monday for Ocean Isle Beach Park, but will wait and see if construction bids allow for everything included in the plan proposal.

    The parks and recreation advisory board recommended commissioners consider allocating $4.5 million for the park.

  • Historic site’s Confederate flag back on display

    WINNABOW — The Confederate flag that flew over Fort Anderson is back on display at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

    While it may look worse for wear, it is in better condition now than when it was displayed before.

    Last August, the museum at the site had to remove the flag from display to save it from deteriorating.

    Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian Jim McKee said the flag, which was in a wall-mounted display in the museum, was ready for some replacement care and an upgrade to a conservation-grade display case.

  • Ex-cop claims intimidation by slain teen’s stepfather

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The lawyer for a former Southport police sergeant who fatally shot a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago alleges the teen’s stepfather violated a court order against intimidating his client.

    James Payne of Shallotte represents 46-year-old Bryon Vassey, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.

  • Sunset Beach approves $190,000 park materials settlement

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has accepted a $190,000 lump-sum settlement from engineering firm Withers & Ravenel for purchase of walkway materials that could not be used in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Council approved the court-required mediated settlement at its monthly meeting Monday, April 4, after town attorney Grady Richardson, town administrator Susan Parker and town council members Carol Scott and Lou De Vita met March 29 as part of the mediation team in Raleigh.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant to test sirens

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested Wednesday, April 13, between 10 and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at low volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly.

    This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Sunset Beach Main Street widening project update

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Sunset Beach’s Main Street widening project start date has changed to Monday, April 11, weather permitting.

    In preparation for the project, parking will be limited on the Main Street right-of-way during construction.

    Residents and visitors may experience some travel delays as a result of lane closures, so be prepared to use alternative routes to reach/leave home/rental. Deliveries from UPS, FedEx should not be affected.

  • Crews repair water main break in Leland

    Leland officials said a temporary connection for main water supply has been established for the water system that serves Brunswick Forest and surrounding through Friday, April 8.

    Customers should not experience any major fluctuations or major changes in the water supply, according to a news release.