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  • Adams to retire as BCC president in January

    Brunswick Community College president Dr. Susanne Adams will retire in January.

    Adams, the college’s first female president, joined BCC in 2011 with more than 35 years of education experience, mainly in North Carolina and Virginia community college systems.

    Adams led BCC through growth, campus expansion and reaccreditations during her time as president, according to a news release issued Friday.

  • Vehicle property tax receipts available online

    Taxpayers can retrieve their paid 2017 vehicle property tax receipts online from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles to use when they file this year’s income tax returns. Vehicle owners can view and print their vehicle property tax receipts through the MyDMV web portal.

  • NCDOT announces improved litter website

    Those interested in adopting or sponsoring a highway now have a user-friendly tool that shows routes available for cleanup in all 100 North Carolina counties thanks to a new litter management website, https://apps.ncdot.gov/LM, with an interactive map.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit website helps current volunteers see where their assigned roadways are, markets the Sponsor-A-Highway program, and makes it easier for volunteers to report the amount of litter collected.

  • Sunset Beach announces planned road projects

    Several road and right-of-way projects in Sunset Beach may result in single lane closures and intermittent traffic delays during construction, according to a town news release. All start dates and completion dates are weather dependent. Permitted project plans will online at sunsetbeach.nc.gov.

  • NCDOT closes portion of Clemmons Road

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed Clemmons Road, from Gilbert Road to Lennon Road, in Bolivia until Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. for repairs and resurfacing.

    The NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits and allow extra travel time.

  • Duo to spend decades in prison for Leland woman’s slaying

    WHITEVILLE — Two of the three people charged in the 2015 killing of a Leland woman in a plot to steal her money and car each were sentenced to decades in prison Wednesday.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd sentenced Michael Jesse Williams, 33, and Kayla Turner, 21, separately for their roles in the death of Alicia Deans, a 26-year old mother of two, on April 28, 2015.

  • Calabash VFW launches annual Lenten fish fry dinners

    VFW Calabash Post 7288 packs the hall for its fish fry dinners each Friday during Lent and this year will be no exception.

    Beginning  Friday, Feb. 16, and continuing each Friday through March 30, the Post offers up a generous serving of haddock along with french fries and coleslaw from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The cost of the feast is $11 per plate with chowder for another $2.  These dinners are prepared after the order is submitted so freshness is assured.

  • OIB seeks promise ATMC lines won’t tear up roads

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach town board members approved requesting a $100,000 insurance bond from ATMC to ensure streets are repaired after a fiber optic line is installed.

    “This will ensure the streets are not torn up,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the streets will be in some disarray while the fiber is buried and they believe ATMC will do a good job with street repairs, but the bond or surety provided would be a safety measure.

    Board members approved the request unanimously, 5-0.

  • Planning board recommends large event permit, solar farm regulations

    BOLIVIA — A Rick Ross rap concert promoted ultimately scrapped last year for a lack of permits led the county’s planning department to establish a large event permit process.

    At Monday’s planning board meeting, staff presented a change to the Unified Development Ordinance to provide a temporary use permit for events expected to attract more than 1,000 people.

  • Eleven candidates file for election

    The filing period for the May 8 primary election began at noon Monday and continues through noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.

    Board of Elections director Sara Knotts announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, will determine one-stop early voting locations for the primary.