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  • County takes over Calabash rescue

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved taking over the assets of the Calabash Volunteer Rescue

    The county will take three vehicles and a building, and assume the debt on the assets.

    County Manager Ann Hardy asked commissioners to approve a budget amendment of $400,000 to cover the total assumed debt of $358,000 and any unforeseen additional costs at the Monday, June 1, board meeting.

  • Sunset Beach calls bond on Jaguar’s Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially notified the bond company for Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, aka Jaguar’s Lair, of its claims against surety bonds for infrastructure work in the Phase VI development.

    The announcement came Tuesday morning by way of a news release from the town of Sunset Beach.

    “The town’s claim asserts that work remains incomplete,” reads the statement issued by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker.

  • UPDATE: Shallotte man who was reported missing found safe

    Detectives have found a 68-year-old Shallotte man, who was reported missing Wednesday, May 27, safe.

    John Wesley Williams was located and is OK, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release issued Saturday afternoon, May 30.

  • Sheriff's office finds missing Southport man safe

    Detectives found a 32-year-old Southport man reported missing Wednesday morning.

    William Tyler Wood was found safe Wednesday evening, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Deputies arrest teen in Leland Supermarket armed robbery

    A Leland teen has been arrested in the armed robbery of Leland Supermarket on Tuesday, May 26.

    Da’Andre Ki’heem Smith, 16, was captured with the assistance of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office about 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, after a traffic stop just off N.C. 211 near Clarkton, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • County commissioners agree on 2015-16 park priorities

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners have settled on the top park priorities to pursue in the 2015-16 budget.

    The county board members have reviewed their park options, including a review of the county pay-as-you-go policy (only using money available from the fund balance year to year), considering debt service to build several park projects at once and revising the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that prioritizes the order in which parks and other projects will be completed.

  • Riverfront Arts Festival returns to Belville’s Riverwalk park May 30

    The Second Annual Riverfront Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

    Presented by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the goal of the Riverfront Arts Festival is to celebrate the arts, music and history of the area.

    “The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is pleased to celebrate the local history, arts and culture of our region in one event for the community to enjoy,” says Executive Director Dana Fisher.

  • Belville budget keeps tax rate steady

    Belville continued shaping its 2015-16 budget during the town commissioners’ May 18 meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed the board keep Belville’s tax rate at the same level for the next fiscal year unless it receives a change in revaluation numbers from Brunswick County.

    The property tax rate is proposed to remain at $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

    The rate is based on current estimates for Belville’s total assessed property value of $182,705,750.

  • Leland considers one-cent tax increase for police

    LELAND — Leland’s proposed budget will not require a tax increase, but officials will consider adding one cent to address police department needs.

    Because of a slight increase in property values from the 2015 revaluation, Town Manager David Hollis said commissioners can hold the tax rate at $.1515 per $100 valuation.

    “We’ve grown 5 percent in the revaluation” while Brunswick County-wide values dropped about 10 percent, Hollis said. Leland has real estate valued at $2 billion.

  • Environmental impact study proposed to move NC-SC connector highway forward

    CAROLINA SHORES — The next step to extend a highway from South Carolina into North Carolina could start with the states sharing the cost of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) put the Carolina Bays Parkway project, an extension of S.C. 31 into North Carolina to U.S. 17, in the top five of priority projects waiting state funding in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list completed in January.