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  • Detectives seek thieves who stole truck, trailer from Shallotte business


  • North Brunswick Chamber to have first Ladies Night Purse Bash fundraiser

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce will host its first Ladies Night Out Purse Bash on Thursday, July 23.

    The evening will include a dinner and drawing every 10 minutes to give away purses, bags and other gifts.

    “These are not auctioned. From 6 to 9 p.m. brand new purses or gift cards for prizes will be given away every 10 minutes,” Susan Cruse, ex officio chairwoman of the chamber board, said.

    The event, which will be hosted at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply, is a new fundraiser for the chamber.

  • Belville rejects USG buyout, files suit in response

    BELVILLE — Belville officials filed a lawsuit July 7 against Urban Smart Growth, the developer they signed a 2007 agreement with for a potential downtown development on the Brunswick River.

    Town officials held a special meeting July 8 where they announced the complaint was filed in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Belville and USG developer Lance Robbins signed a resolution in 2007 for a 20-year agreement to work together on a master redevelopment plan of large-scale mixed-use development constructed in multiple phases over two decades.

  • Cape Fear RPO seeks U.S. 74/I-140 corridor study

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization’s Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) approved a resolution asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the U.S. 74 corridor in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    Members voted unanimously for the corridor study during its Friday, July 10, meeting.

    The request follows previously adopted resolutions by the RTAC to encourage construction of U.S. 74 to the Wilmington Bypass (Interstate 140).

  • OIB board supports right to manage special tax districts, keeps cabanas off beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday opposing an item in the Senate budget bill that could impact the town’s ability to create special tax districts.

    The special tax districts are used throughout the state to provide funding to cover the costs of local projects that impact a limited number of residents or collect more funds from residents in the immediate impact area and less from those who still benefit from the service provided.

  • Elections filing period ends Friday

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for all 19 municipalities, which opened at 8:30 a.m. July 6, will continue through noon Friday, July 17.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns in November.

  • Sunset Beach board OKs vested rights for island project

    The Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment has given the go-ahead for zoning vested rights for a proposed condominium project in the island’s commercial district.

    The board voted 5-1 at a July 8 meeting in favor of the measure for a proposed multi-family development for seven lots owned by Greg and Dinah Gore on the west side of Sunset Boulevard at North Shore Drive West. The property is in the island’s beach business (BB1) commercial district.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at rehab facility

     A 12-year-old girl who lost part of her left arm during a shark attack last month near Ocean Crest Fishing Pier in Oak Island has been discharged from a children’s hospital and admitted into a rehabilitation facility where she will continue her recovery.

    Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, has been transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte to complete an inpatient rehabilitation program.

  • Novant layoffs to affect Brunswick hospital

    Announced layoffs by Novant Health of up to 400 positions, or 2 percent of its workforce, will affect its hospital in Brunswick County, a spokeswoman said this week.

    Announcement of the layoffs by the Winston-Salem-based health care system came this past Monday, July 13.

    Novant spokeswoman Caryn Klebba said system-wide elimination of some positions is part of an organizational redesign and effort to balance Novant’s workforce, including that of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • NCDOT installs safety feature at U.S. 17 intersection

     SHALLOTTE — One of the busiest intersections in the southern region of Brunswick County has been even more congested lately as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are working to install a feature meant to improve safety for motorists.

    For the last two months, NCDOT crews have worked on installing offset lefts on U.S. 17 at U.S. 17, U.S. Business 17 (Main Street) and Old Shallotte Road, NCDOT communications officer Brian Rick wrote in an email to the Beacon.