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  • Meetings mitigate flooding woes in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A series of residential “tailgate meetings” last week addressed flood mapping and related concerns from citizens.

    The informal sessions took place April 4 at three neighborhood sites where stormwater runoff and flooding have been problems, on Northwest Drive, Oakbark Court and Sunfield Drive.

    The outdoor gatherings culminated with a community meeting at the end of the day at town hall.

  • Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center readies for opening

    SUPPLY — Final touches are under way at the new Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center that should be ready to open in just a few more weeks.

    Shelbourn Stevens, president of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, along with endoscopy center administrator Lynette Pinkston, conducted a sneak-peek media preview of the new center at 13 Medical Campus Drive, Suite 101, last week.

  • Local library readies for move, new name

    Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road will officially close to the public at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30, to move to a new location on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

    Once it’s relocated, the library will also have a new name — Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, branch manager Christi Iffergan said.

    The library move will begin Tuesday, May 1, to the new site at 9400 Ocean Highway, previous address of Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • NCDOT reports traffic shift on Village Road in Leland

    The westbound lanes of Village Road between Northgate Drive and Fairview Road in Lelandwill be shifted to allow for the realignment of Northgate Drive for about 60 days.

    In announcing the shift Thursday, the N.C. Department of Transportation reminded 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.

  • Sunset Beach mayor pro tem Benton faces DWI charge

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton was arrested by Sunset Beach police last week on a charge of driving while impaired.

    Benton, 61, told the Beacon he was stopped by a Sunset Beach police officer after he left The Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard North around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.

    Benton said he drank three beers and ate an appetizer at the mainland restaurant before being stopped as he drove down West North Shore Drive toward his home on the Sunset Beach island.

  • Club Profile - Art League of Leland

    Contact: Candace Whitlock, candace@chuckwhitlock.com

    Information: artleagueofleland.org

    Meetings: First meeting 4 to 6 p.m. April 12 at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1224 Magnolia Village Way, Leland. Meetings follow on the second Thursday of each month except July, August and December.

    Brunswick County artists will have a new opportunity to share ideas, learn from and encourage one another as part of the new Art League of Leland, a club that will be based at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

  • Belville rejects alligator hunting in town limits

    BELVILLE — Belville became the first municipality in North Carolina to reject alligator hunting March 17 after the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission approved limited hunting at its Feb. 28 meeting.

    “The state has opened up alligator hunting in the state of North Carolina,” Mayor Mike Allen said. “I know the bill was put through based on a lottery system. That means they are going to limit the amount of people who can even hunt.

  • County elections board members appointed, officers selected

    The four members of the Brunswick County Board of Elections were sworn in April 2 during a public meeting Tuesday in the county commissioners’ chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building in Bolivia.

    The bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement appointed four members to each of the state’s 100 county boards of elections March 27.

    The state elections board reappointed Republicans Stuart Smith and Grant “Randy” Pelton and Democrat Boyd Williamson to Brunswick County’s board.

  • Project indirectly impacts Shallotte Inlet navigability

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Beach sand pulled from Shallotte Inlet began pumping onto Ocean Isle Beach last week, part of the town’s latest Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project.

    While the project doesn’t provide a direct improvement to shoaling in Shallotte Inlet, pulling 330,000 cubic yards of sand out makes an impact.

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith said, based on previous experience, the storm damage reduction project improves water flow through the inlet.

  • County releases GenX test results from March samples

    Brunswick County released additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply April 3.

    County officials learned last June the Cape Fear River, the county’s source of drinking water, contains a number of previously unknown contaminants including GenX.

    Samples taken March 15 showed GenX levels of 9.04 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water and 8.98 ppt in the finished water, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said Tuesday.