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  • Governor names Adams state Ports Authority chairman

    Gov. Pat McCrory has named Tom Adams of Ocean Isle Beach the next chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors.

    “North Carolina ports are the fastest growing ports on the East Coast. I am honored that Gov.McCrory has asked me to lead the board, and I look forward to ensuring the Authority capitalizes on its reputation for unrivaled customer service and ease of doing business,” Adams said said in a news release.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis appointed Adams to the board of directors in January.

  • Detectives seek man in Carolina Shores larceny

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop.

    The incident occurred at 6:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Subway restaurant at 9869 Ocean Highway. Two men walked into the restaurant. One of them walked into the area designated for employees only and took a purse.

  • League of Municipalities, Iler share different privilege tax perspectives

    While a state lobbyist for cities and towns sees the end of privilege license taxes as a detriment to growth, state Rep. Frank Iler sees the General Assembly’s work as only half done.

    The North Carolina League of Municipalities hosted the first of a series of regional meetings on the growth of towns and the limits on sources of revenue, including the loss of the privilege license tax, in Southport on Dec. 3.

  • Day of events welcome Christmas holiday to Leland

    Christmas arrives in Leland with holiday activities all day Saturday, Dec. 13.

    The 22nd North Carolina Christmas festival and parade rings in the holiday season that morning.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m., heading east along Village Road from the First Baptist Church of Leland to the North Brunswick Shopping Center.

    Participants should be in the parade lineup by 9 a.m. when Village Road will close until the parade is over at noon.

  • Residents want county to spike $3.5M land deal

    Some Brunswick County residents say they are prepared to go to court to halt the county’s $3.5 million land purchase for a nature park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    County commissioners voted during their Nov. 12 agenda meeting to buy three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach bridge, from Sweetwater Investments LLC. The properties, which are undeveloped, will be used to establish a nature park.

  • Commissioners approve resolution to further examine same sex marriage ruling

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County joined a small number of counties to craft a resolution opposing North Carolina court’s same sex marriage ruling.

    Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 1 to endorse the resolution that requests U.S. appellate courts further examine the issue of same sex marriage.

    In May 2012, voters in North Carolina voted to amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  • OIB officials want to see partial plan for roundabout

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials have agreed to take the next step, but not yet commit, to creating a roundabout to replace the intersection at N.C. 179 and Causeway Drive.

    The town board has received input from business owners at the intersection and residents at each step since the roundabout was proposed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in August.

  • Leland plans for building use after move to new town hall

    LELAND — Leland’s town staff anticipates a move into the new town hall in early 2015, so officials held a facility meeting Dec. 4 to shore up the use of the remaining government buildings.

    Town administration has discussed allowing the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to move use the old town hall once it becomes available.

    The intent is for the chamber to operate a business incubator, allowing small businesses to rent space cheaply to get off the ground.

  • Board approves school superintendent search timetable

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has established a timetable for choosing the county’s next school superintendent that includes public input.

    A month after the board hired the N.C. School Boards Association to conduct the search, the association’s legal counsel presented an outline of its plans Dec. 2.

  • Wilmington man convicted in Leland murder

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Superior Court jury convicted a Wilmington man of first-degree murder Monday, Dec. 8, in the shooting death of a Leland man in January.

    The jury also convicted James C. Ketchum, 45, of first-degree burglary and possession of firearm by a felon in the slaying of 33-year-old Jason Anderson.

    Gale Adams sentenced Ketchum to life in the N.C. Department of Correction without parole.

    Assistant District Attorneys Lee Bollinger and Cathi Radford prosecuted the case.