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  • Consultant to evaluate Brunswick County for craft brewery

    Brunswick County’s Economic Development Commission will host a national site selection consultant to evaluate for a craft brewery.

    Kelly Stuart, Assistant Director, Brunswick County Economic Development Commission said Don Schjeldahl of the Don Schjeldahl Group will spend four days at the end of January reviewing Brunswick County.

    “We are extremely fortunate to have a previous relationship with the consultant,” Stuart said.

    “We picked a consultant with connections to industries that we would like to target.”

  • Leland decides tree removal too much for town staff

    LELAND–Town board members had to choose between paying for a contractor to remove 100 trees from Magnolia Greens or lose their public works department for a month to deal with the problem.

    Reluctantly, they chose to contract the work.

    Public Works Director Steven Spruill updated the board after the town’s six-man public works department completed a trial run cutting down and removing trees from the neighborhood.

  • Run OIB approved for second year

    Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed to allow the second annual Run Ocean Isle Beach event on Oct 3.

    The first Run Ocean Isle Beach event was held Nov. 1, 2014.

    David Hutnik and Johnna Hall of Coastal Race Productions requested approval for a mile run, 5K and half marathon run/walk

    The one-mile run would follow East 2nd Street to Scotland Street and back.

    The 5K would run along East 2nd Street and East 1st Street.

  • Tax revaluation could bump Brunswick County tax rate for first time in four years

    BOLIVIA–Brunswick County commissioners met with staff Jan. 13 for their first workshop to prepare for budget planning.

    One of the main issues they will address in 2015 is property revaluation and its impact on the county tax rate.

    County Manager Ann Hardy reported to the board members the valuation will be completed and notices will be mailed out in February 2015.

    But the county already has an estimated tax valuation for 2015 to compare to 2014.

  • Aviation company sues Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s fixed base operator has filed a lawsuit against the town of Ocean Isle Beach, alleging it tried to take over the airport building illegally last week. 

  • Charter school holds groundbreaking for permanent 45-acre site

     BOLIVIA — While teachers, students and administrators at first-year South Brunswick Charter School have been pleased with the school’s temporary location in Southport, a groundbreaking for the campus’ permanent location in Bolivia has those same folks even more excited about the future.

  • Career center leads BCC students on right path

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College officials not only want to offer their students an education, they want those students to be prepared for their workforce.

    The college’s Career Development Center plays an important role in doing just that.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams asked professional counselor Christen Cox to lead the Career Development Center before its inception in the fall 2013 semester.

    Since then, the CDC has become a hub for BCC students looking to enter the workforce upon graduation.

  • Rate bureau files request to alter mobile home insurance rates

     The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a mobile homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Dec. 31, the last day of 2014.

    The rate bureau is not part of the department of insurance and represents all companies writing mobile homeowners insurance in the state. Two forms of mobile home coverage are offered: the MH(C) form and the MH(F) form. The forms are similar; however, the MH(F) form provides broader coverage.

  • OIB resident earns one of state’s highest honors at 90th birthday party

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — For one Brunswick County resident, Saturday night was a celebration, awards ceremony and a chance for family and friends to celebrate the first 90 years of their loved one’s decorated life.

    Bob Bradicich, a resident of Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, celebrated his 90th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends inside the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge on Saturday night, Jan. 17.

  • Commissioners create federal wish list for 2015

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners develop a list of goals they’d like to see at the federal level each calendar year. This year, coastal issues can be found several times on the list, which was handed over to the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

    Brunswick County commissioners established these goals during a lengthy work session Jan. 13.