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Local News

  • New provisions in motor vehicle laws take effect July 1

    Beginning Friday, July 1, five new motor vehicle provisions will become North Carolina law. The provisions, passed by the General Assembly, affect either vehicles or drivers in the state.

  • Man clad in underwear and socks steals truck from school

    Officers apprehended a Sunset Beach man wearing only eyeglasses, underwear and socks who they said stole a Brunswick County Schools truck from Shallotte Middle School on Thursday morning, June 23.

    Shallotte police Sgt. John Holman said 26-year-old Eric Faull Williams of Town Center Road,was taken into custody Thursday after a school employee told officials they were being followed by the man, covered in mud and grass, as he entered the school about 6 a.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.

  • Smithville Park playground grand opening set for July 21

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation announced the official grand opening of its new all-inclusive playground at Smithville Park in Southport will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21. There will be snacks and giveaways as well.

    This playground was funded by a grant awarded by Trillium Health Resources.

    Call 253-2670 for more information.

  • FAA issues new rules for drone operation

    The Federal Aviation Administration unveiled new rules for drone operators June 21. The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation wants to help drone owners understand the new rules and how they impact drone operations in the state.

    Drones, also called unmanned aircraft systems, are an increasingly popular technology with many potential uses. The FAA’s new rules apply to both commercial and government operations of small drones (weighing less than 55 pounds).

  • Horse owners urged to vaccinate equines

    North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equines after two horses in Horry County, S.C., contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County borders Brunswick County.

  • Concerned cyclists clean hazardous section of N.C. 179

    Local bicyclists concerned about safety got out their shovels and brooms last week to do their own roadwork.

    Paul Dordal, Dave Weller and Dan Dickerson took matters into their own hands after officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state agency wasn’t responsible for maintaining what the three deemed a particularly hazardous stretch of shoulder along N.C. 179, aka Beach Drive, just south of Shallotte.

  • GSATS committee works on Carolina Bays project

    Transportation officials pushing for another highway connector between North Carolina and South Carolina want to check the math on the latest project priority list.

    At the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) meeting June 8 in Carolina Shores, the group discussed a drop in prioritization points for the Carolina Bays Parkway project, an extension of S.C. 31 into North Carolina to U.S. 17.

  • Leland approves new development along planned Mallory Creek Drive extension

    LELAND — Leland’s town board approved an update to the Mallory Creek Plantation planned unit development for a new phase called The Retreat during its Thursday, June 16, meeting.

    The additional 87 lots zoned for single-family homes will also provide more road connections with the adjacent Westport and Brunswick Forest developments.

    As part of the town’s street connector plan, Leland has planned to extend Mallory Creek Drive to connect to Rice Gate Way. The project is included in the 2016-17 budget.

  • H2GO board resolves to proceed with reverse osmosis water plant

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to approve a resolution to move forward on a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Chairman Bill Browning and commissioners Carl Antos and Ron Jenkins supporting the move while commissioners Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley opposed it.

    Gerken and Trombley were elected to the board last November on a campaign to oppose the plant. At their first board meeting, they pushed to suspend further funding of the plant and review the project and costs.

  • Elections board debates adding early voting on a Sunday

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board has decided on an early voting schedule for the November general election, but won’t offer any Sunday hours to voters.

    It was an issue the three-man board couldn’t agree on, voting 2-1 during its meeting Monday, June 20, on a plan that avoided Sunday hours.

    Of the three voting schedules the board considered, one proposed opening the polls from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 only at the voting location at the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia.