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  • OIB accepts land donation to add to beach

    Ocean Isle Beach officials accepted a donation of almost 19 acres of beachfront property following a closed session discussion at the July 10 town meeting.

    The five donated parcels stretch 2.4 miles along the coast but are only about 30 yards wide.

    They sit between oceanfront lots and the beach strand and are mostly plant-covered sand dunes with numerous wooden decks and beach access walkways built overtop.

  • Shallotte ripe for second Mater Fest on July 22

    The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • Belville board recommends first new subdivision plan in almost 10 years

    BELVILLE — Belville’s planning board has approved a site plan application for the town’s first new subdivision in about a decade.

    Planning board chairman Lee Taylor said it was the first new development presented since he joined the planning board nine years ago.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

  • Meeting in Leland details county transportation plans

    LELAND — Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chairman Frank Williams hosted a meeting at the Leland senior center Tuesday to share information about transportation plans in District 5.

    Those who attended instead learned about transportation projects throughout all of Brunswick County from N.C. Department of Transportation Division engineer Karen Collette.

    Collette described the similarities in projects on opposite ends of the county: the Carolina Crossing in northern Brunswick County and Carolina Bays at the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.

  • Sheriff’s son arrested following collision

    John William Ingram VI, son of Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, was arrested Saturday, July 15, on a charge of driving left of center and driving while impaired after a single-vehicle accident.

    No one was injured.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper R.M. McDermott said he received a call about 9:50 p.m. about a single-vehicle crash on Ash-Little River just south of Etheridge Road.  

  • Crowd rallies in Sunset Beach against offshore drilling

    SUNSET BEACH — An estimated crowd of 200 turned out for a rally Monday to protest offshore drilling and seismic blasting.

  • Calabash hops to adopt ‘brunch bill’ for Sunday morning alcohol sales

    The Seafood Capital last week became the first municipality in southwestern Brunswick County to approve the “brunch bill,” a measure that will allow the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

    Calabash commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance at their July 11 meeting. The measure is tied to state Senate Bill 155, which was approved in Raleigh in late June and gives local governments the option to decide whether to allow their restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

  • Woman faces federal charges in fatal drug overdose

    A task force formed last year to target heroin distribution is investigating the case of a Wilmington woman who was arrested Monday on federal charges related to a fatal drug overdose.

    Porsche Renee Dillard, 31, was named in an April 27 indictment charging her with distribution of a quantity of heroin and fentanyl resulting in death.

    U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Don Connelly said the identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.

  • School board votes to reduce annual contract with CIS

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to reduce the annual contract to Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) from $175,000 to $100,000 for the 2018 fiscal year at their regular board meeting Tuesday night, July 11.

  • Two injured in Leland two-vehicle collision

    A two-vehicle collision that caused a rollover in Leland injured two people July 20.

    Shelia Waddell, 59, of Leland turned her Honda passenger vehicle left from U.S. 74 onto Sandy Creek Drive at 7:23 p.m., striking the driver’s side of a four-door Jeep, causing it to roll over and land upside down, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. P.M. Sanders said.

    Waddell, the driver of the Jeep, 61-year-old Brenda Butler of Carolina Beach, and her passenger, 15-year-old Donavan Wells of Broadway, all were wearing seat belts.