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  • New group launches to address Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    HOLDEN BEACH — About 75 people attended an inaugural meeting last week of the newly forming Lockwood Inlet Association, whose mission is to address concerns about shoaling, safety issues and direly needed dredging for the shallow-draft inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island.

  • Calabash eateries served People’s Choice awards

    CALABASH — The town recognized a few of its mainstay restaurants last week with honors connected to second annual Taste of Calabash festivities April 22.

    Event founder Helen Kapalka presented this year’s first-place People’s Choice award at the May 9 town board of commissioners meeting to The Boundary House Restaurant. Second-place honors went to Captain Nance’s Seafood Restaurant, third to Bennett’s Grill & Café, fourth to Mmm Que Rico and fifth to Captain John’s Seafood House.

  • Lockwood Folly couple files lawsuit against POA

    A Lockwood Folly couple has taken legal action against the Lockwood Folly Property Owners Association and its board of directors, claiming a breach of association bylaws and its master declaration as well as certain state statutes.

    Lockwood Folly residents Gary and Sarah Gimbert claim the Lockwood Folly POA failed to provide board of directors meeting minutes documenting the appointment of community standards committee (CSC) members as well as recommendations to notify the Gimberts about a violation and subsequent fines involving their home on Marsh View Drive.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops below 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate went on a roller coaster ride during the first three months of 2017, rising from 6.7 percent in December 2016 to peak at 7.7 in January, then falling back to 6.7 percent in February and settling down to 5.8 percent in March.

    The most recent unemployment rate fell back to numbers more in line with September and October 2016 unemployment rates that were steady at 5.9 percent.

    Brunswick County’s last spike in unemployment occurred in January 2016, when it reached a rate of 8.0 percent.

  • OIB board approves condemnation of beach easements for terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed to keep moving forward to build a terminal groin by authorizing condemnation of easements on nine beach lots.

    “The situation is, we need these to complete the terminal groin application. And we’ve gotten them from everybody else all up and down through there,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said at the May 9 town meeting.

  • Leland fire department announces probation to end in June at town acquisition follow-up meeting

    LELAND — Town and volunteer fire rescue department officials hosted a drop-in for residents May 3 to answer questions about the department becoming part of the town.

    But the fire department also used the meeting to announce its state probation period was coming to an end.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office put the LVFRD on probation May 17 for not meeting minimum response requirements.

  • Leland projects could raise tax rate above 20 cents

    Leland officials are considering a tax rate above 20 cents to begin capital improvement projects that have come up in budget talks.

    The town board held a budget workshop May 3, their last before staff make the budget presentation at the town’s regular meeting May 18.

    Once the budget is presented in May, a public hearing for residents’ input will be held June 1.

    The board ended an April 5 budget meeting directing town staff to look at what a 20-cent tax rate could pay for off the capital improvement list.

  • Leland Economic Development Committee seeks to replace two members

    The Leland Economic Development Committee will lose two of its three members when their terms expire in June.

    Chairman David Sink said the LEDC vice chairman Richard Allison and committee member Paul Stiegler would not seek another term when their appointments end June 30.

    The LEDC organized in 2016 with a seven-member committee serving staggered initial appointments so four members would serve three-year terms ending with the 2018 fiscal year and three members serve two-year terms ending with the 2017 fiscal year.

  • HB 398 offers county half-cent tax option on prepared food, drinks

    While Brunswick County officials wait to see if Senate Bill 126 is approved and redistributes sales taxes, House Bill 398 remains in play and could offer a small source of beach and waterway funding.

    Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island filed HB 398 on March 16. The bill would allow Brunswick County commissioners or municipal board members to levy a prepared food and drink tax up to one-half percent of the sales price at restaurants or groceries and stores where food is prepared, such as a grocer’s deli.

  • Leland man accused of making meth in home

    A Leland man is accused of making meth in his home.

    Tyler Justin Demas, 33, of Blueray Drive was arrested May 3 after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice-Narcotics Unit and North Carolina Community Corrections.

    Demas was charged with two counts of possessing or distributing a meth precursor, manufacturing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.