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  • Water outage planned along Port Loop Road on Wednesday

    Residents along Port Loop Road off Long Beach Road near N.C. 211 will be without water Wednesday night and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service.

    Water will be out of service from about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, until 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7,for homes and businesses on Port Loop Road.

  • Mitchell resigns from state charter school advisory board

    Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy, which operates two charter schools in Brunswick County, has resigned from the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board.

    Mitchell and Paul Norcross, who also resigned Wednesday, July 30, were the subjects of an ethics complaint filed by Public Charter Schools Association President Eddie Goodall. Goodall said Mitchell and Norcross shouldn’t have a vote on the advisory board because their decisions could be influenced by their own business interests.

  • New Hanover DA: No criminal charges in Hewett’s death

    New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said no criminal charges will be filed against the deputies who were present when Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died at the New Hanover County jail.

    Hewett, 51, died while awaiting a hearing on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge July 12 after an altercation with New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies inside the jail.

  • Belville Riverwalk receives PARTF, Duke Foundation grants

    BELVILLE – Phase 1 of Belville’s plan for a riverwalk along the Brunswick River is fully funded thanks to successful grant applications.

    At the Belville town meeting July 28, officials received a $55,970 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and then announced the town’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund application was fully funded at $160,900.

  • County seeks input on grinder pump fees at Aug. 18 public hearing

    Brunswick County commissioners set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to establish grinder maintenance fees for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Public utilities director Jerry Pierce said the fees have helped his department cover the costs to upgrade sewer service when the county takes over a municipal system.

    The county board approved the Grinder Pump Maintenance Policy in 2008.

    Under the terms of the policy, the county began maintaining grinder pump stations that provide sewer service to single-family homes.

  • Commissioners choose not to put sales tax increase referendum on fall ballot

    A sales tax increase won’t go to a vote again in 2014.

    Brunswick County commissioners saw too many hurdles to overcome to put the quarter-cent sales tax increase referendum back on the ballot in November.

    The board members made the decision at the July 21 county meeting.

    They didn’t vote on the decision, but came to a consensus while deciding how to respond to a request for a second referendum by a number of town mayors.

  • Brunswick County beach loggerhead turtle critical habitats unwelcome

    Three Brunswick County beaches were designated critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles, but local beach, and turtle, advocates don’t see much of a benefit.

    On July 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) and the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) created the critical habitat designation for loggerhead sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act. The critical habitats include North Carolina coastal counties.

  • Leland board takes field trip to consider water plant zoning

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO had to put their plans for a water plant on hold when Leland officials continued a vote to rezone the plat of land where they intend to build.

    At the May town meeting, the company requested the Leland board rezone property at 9901 Chappel Loop Road from R6 — or residential use for single-family housing — to allow for commercial use.

    H2GO is one of the wholesale customers of Brunswick utilities’ finished water, which it sells to 8,500 customers in the Leland/Belville/Navassa area.

  • With limited access to painkillers, addicts turn to heroin

     BOLIVIA — When the prescription painkiller problem was at its peak three years ago, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier began working on solutions to combat the problem.

    Three years later, the diversion of prescription medication is down in Brunswick County, but deaths and the rise in the use of heroin are on the rise because of limited access to the pills.

  • Twin Lakes deed issue on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Residents are poised to voice opposition at Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming meeting Aug. 4 about a proposal for two private lakes to be deeded to the town.