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  • Brunswick County to be surveyed by state on seat belt use

    Brunswick County drivers may soon see surveyors on the road collecting data on drivers and their safety habits.

    Brunswick County is one of 25 counties selected for the survey to help determine North Carolina’s overall seat belt usage, which is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, surveyors will be throughout the county in the month of June as part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Vision Zero project, which seeks to lower the number of traffic fatalities in the state.

  • Sunset Beach approves new fiscal budget 3-2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved 3-2 adoption of the town’s new operating $5,584,903 budget ordinance for fiscal year 2016-17.

    Approval at Monday night’s town council meeting includes establishing an ad valorem tax rate of 16 cents per $100 valuation.

    Councilmen Mark Benton and Rich Cerrato favored reducing the rate to 12.7 cents but were outvoted by council members Lou De Vita, Carol Scott and Pete Larkin.

  • Carolina Shores ready to adopt new budget Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are getting ready to review on second and final reading and adoption of the town’s proposed $2,343,950 budget for fiscal 2016-2017 at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 9.

    The proposed general fund budget that takes effect July 1 calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 10 cents per $100 of valuation. The state street-aid Powell Bill budget is $107,669.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board OKs revised proof of ownership

    SUNSET BEACH — The town planning board has approved a revised text amendment for a proof of ownership requirement for new permits.

    Approval of the Unified Development Ordinance change came at the board’s June 2 meeting following a presentation by town GIS planner Richard Hathcock, who conducted the meeting following the recent resignation of town planning and inspections director Rawls Howard.

  • Sunset Beach hires lobbyist as Senate Bill 875 advances in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has hired a lobbyist to help fight Senate Bill 875, which passed the state Senate on final reading last week and first reading in the House in Raleigh on Monday night.

  • Developer presents design proposal for Shallotte Riverfront Town Center

     SHALLOTTE — Shallotte’s Riverfront Town Center will be designed as a place for people “to drive to, rather than drive through,” according to its master developer.

    Bob Chapman of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners LLC (TND) presented their vision for the project to a group of almost 50 interested citizens, town officials and staff on May 31.

    It will be based on principles of New Urbanism: walkability, locally suitable architecture and environmental sustainability.

  • Fire destroys Supply mobile home

    Fire destroyed a mobile home fire in Supply on Tuesday, June 7.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said dispatchers received a call about the fire at 5:10 a.m. at 2280 Kirby Road.

    No one was home and no one was injured as a result of the fire, Garner said.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

  • Tropical Storm Colin skirts Brunswick County

    Tropical Storm Colin’s only impact on Brunswick County was to give high school students a tighter window for final exams after a two-hour delay Tuesday, June 7.

    Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. centers and sites operated on a two-hour delay while the area was under a tropical storm warning with forecasts predicting high winds and several inches of rain.

    Brunswick County courts and Brunswick County government also operated on a two-hour delay.

  • Leland man faces multiple felony drug charges

    Police arrested a Leland man on felony drug charges after he called them to investigate a break-in at his home Tuesday, May 31.

    David Laudell Jacobs, 31, of Sara Clip Lane, is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of schedule III substance, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule III controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and distributing a controlled substance without an authorized distribution license, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release.

  • Ohio man injured in Ocean Isle Beach Jet Ski accident

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — An Ohio man was injured in a Jet Ski accident Thursday afternoon, June 2, in the Intracoastal Waterway.

    North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard said Brian Willis, 24, of Cleveland, was conscious and airlifted to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after suffering a cut to his head over his left eye that will likely require stitches. As of Thursday afternoon, the hospital listed him in critical but stable condition.