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  • Vote on rezoning Leland’s U.S. 17 property set for September

    LELAND — For three months, Leland officials have gone back and forth on the FlexCode zoning of five parcels on U.S. 17 and will have to take up the issue a fourth time in September based on the town board’s vote during its Aug. 20 meeting.

  • Navassa officials skeptical of environmental cleanup site trustees

    NAVASSA — Navassa residents, lead by Mayor Eulis Willis, came out of an Aug. 18 environmental clean-up program organizing meeting skeptical that they would have a say in the project.

    More than 75 people attended the informational meeting at Navassa’s Mount Calvary AME church where they learned a $23 million legal settlement will pay for repairing the ecosystem damaged by creosote that leaked into the waterways from a nearby plant.

  • Committee supports splitting U.S. 17 superstreet plan

    CAROLINA SHORES — Members of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) voted to remove U.S. 17 intersection upgrades from its 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

    But they acted only to reorganize the projects to have a better chance for funding in the 2040 LRTP.

  • South Brunswick Charter students enjoy first week on new campus

     BOLIVIA — South Brunswick Charter School, in its second year of existence, has quite a different look this year.

    While last year’s school had 73 students and held classes at a professional center office park in Southport, the 2015-16 version of South Brunswick Charter has 197 students and moved into its brand new 45-acre campus off Sunset Harbor Road for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 24.

  • Coastal alliance sets September meeting with consultant

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Brunswick Coastal Community Alliance, formerly the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, talked taking their alliance up the coast and on to Raleigh at their quarterly meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, in Holden Beach Town Hall.

    The alliance includes former consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Brunswick County government.

    The name change is meant to signify the towns will work together on beach protection issues, but will no longer operate under a written agreement.

  • Tomatoes at heart of family’s annual summer competition

     SHALLOTTE — You say “tomato,” I say, “That’s the biggest one I’ve seen this season.”

    For a third consecutive year, Brunswick County residents Orbie Eugene Inman, Mitchell Jacobs and Thurman Jacobs competed against each other in the 2015 “Largest Tomato Grown” award competition.

    It’s no surprise the competitors each have a green thumb. Mitchell and Thurman Jacobs are brothers and their sister, Doris Inman, is the wife of the competition’s third competitor, Orbie Eugene.

  • Schools superintendent: District won’t lay off staff

     While legislators work to create a budget for the current 2015-16 fiscal year, Brunswick County Schools anticipate more budget cuts for public education.

    Superintendent Les Tubb said he expects fewer resources when the budget is passed than the district has had in years past.

    Regardless of the outcome, Tubb said, Brunswick County Schools will not terminate any of its employees.

  • New students, veteran teachers learn together on first day of school

     SHALLOTTE — Bonnie Stanley-Verzella left her house Monday, Aug. 24, just a few miles away from the school she has called home almost her entire life to go to work.

    Stanley-Verzella, or Mrs. Stanley-V as she is affectionately called by her kindergarteners, attended Union Elementary School as a student. She returned to the Shallotte campus as a teacher where she has taught for the last 23 years.

  • Mother of slain baby pleads guilty, agrees to testify against alleged killer

    The Leland mother of a 15-month-old boy who died in January pleaded guilty to a felony charge and agreed to testify against the man accused of killing her son.

    Angel Marie Ray pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact felony of child abuse in Brunswick County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

  • Sunset Beach project prompts petition, public records query