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  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant assessment open house April 28

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have scheduled an open house for Tuesday, April 28, to provide information on the agency’s assessment of the two units at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant during 2014.

    The informal open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport. There will be informational posters and NRC staff will be available to answer questions about the safety performance of the Brunswick plant as well as overall NRC oversight and inspection.

  • Sunset Beach runner finishes Boston Marathon in record time

    A Sunset Beach runner just finished the Boston Marathon in record time.

    Thirty-three-year-old Cari Van Winkle crossed the 119th Boston Marathon finish line at 2:20 p.m. Monday, April 20, completing the renowned 26.26-mile Massachusetts race in three hours, 29 minutes and 28 seconds, according to unofficial results posted Monday afternoon.

  • Holden Beach to get another fiber optic line

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an encroachment agreement during its regular meeting April 14 allowing Time Warner Cable Southeast to place another fiber optic line on the island.

    Time Warner will drop the additional fiber optic line across the bottom of the Intracoastal Waterway and along the bank near the Jordan Boulevard Pavilion, Town manager David Hewett said.

  • Supply couple accused of growing marijuana face charges

    Warrants show a Supply couple tried to dispose of some of the marijuana they grew at their residence by burning it in their fireplace before they were arrested Thursday, April 16, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Man faces drug charges after SBI, Leland police investigation

    A Wilmington man accused of selling drugs in Brunswick County faces several charges following his Wednesday, April 15, arrest.

    An investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit and Leland police detectives led to the arrest of 36-year-old Anthony Antwan Mallette, which is charged with more than 30 counts of various drug violations, SBI spokeswoman Teresa West wrote in a news release.

    “Mallette was charged with conspiring to sell and selling heroin, oxycodone, morphine and crack cocaine,” West said.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen located

    Missing teen Antonio "A.J." Joseph Mills of Leland has returned home, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning.

    Antonio "A.J." Joseph Mills, 15, of Leland was reported missing Thursday morning, April 16, at North Brunswick High School where he is a student.

     

  • Permit issues main topics of OIB town board meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed Tuesday, April 14, to start the permitting process for running their own beach renourishment projects, just in case they ever need to go it alone.

    Ocean Isle Beach staff hired Coastal Planning and Engineering to create a 30-year Beach Management Plan to maintain their beach from Shallotte Inlet to Tubbs Inlet.

    The town is part of the federal coastal storm damage reduction project which added 600,000 cubic yards of sand to the east end of the beach in 2006, 509,000 cubic yards in 2010 and 800,000 cubic yards in 2014.

  • Leland considers raising tax rate to increase police numbers

    LELAND — Leland officials are considering whether it’s time to increase services, which would increase the town’s tax rate.

    Town council members and staff reviewed department needs and budget options during a workshop Monday, April 13.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the town will have a budget somewhere around $9 million.

  • County budget talks lead to look at financing for park projects

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has decided to review its pay-as-you-go plan for capital improvements.

    The discussion about a shift in recent policy came at the April 8 budget workshop when the costs of park improvements came up.

    The county proposed making $4.5 million in renovations at Smithville Park in Southport in October 2014.

    At the budget workshop, the administrative staff revised the amount proposed to spend to $2.4 million, cutting out infrastructure and parking upgrades in fiscal year 2015-16.

  • County could increase taxes to maintain revenues

    BOLIVIA — To maintain the same amount of revenues after property revaluation, Brunswick County would have to implement a higher tax rate of 48.50 cents for 2015-16.

    County Manager Ann Hardy didn’t propose a tax increase, just provided the numbers to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during a two-day budget workshop April 8-9.

    The 2014-15 ad valorem tax rate is 44.25 cents.

    The property tax revaluation decreased property value by $359 million from $24,907,383,670 to $22,920,451,666.