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  • Sunset Beach board tweaks overlay, parking changes

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board approved a text amendment for the town’s overlay zoning district development standards at a Feb. 1 meeting.

    The amendment alters text to add clarification regarding when overlay conditions must be met by existing development, bicycle parking requirements, lighting requirements and shared dumpster/refuse enclosures.

  • Sunset Beach approves better business committee

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Monday night approved creating a committee to help improve relations between the town and businesses in the community.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato, who raised the issue, said, “I’m looking for advice from council and input from citizens about how to restore the relationship. It has been fractured.

    “I don’t have the solution, but it’s a problem,” he said. “We all need to bang our heads together to see what we can do to restore the fractured relationship.”

  • Former Carolina Shores commissioner John Russo dies

    Former Carolina Shores Town Commissioner John Russo has died.

    Russo’s passing this past weekend was announced at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning, Feb. 5.

    Russo, 85, served for eight years as a town commissioner from 2007 to 2015. He also served on the board of the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association for a number of years, including serving as president.

  • Awareness session tracks opioid epidemic

    CALABASH — Concerned citizens and law enforcement officials converged to address the prescription opioid epidemic at a community awareness session last Wednesday night, Jan. 31.

  • NCDOT seeks 2018 Watch for Me NC partners

    North Carolina communities interested in participating in the 2018 Watch for Me NC program can submit applications to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

    The nationally recognized program focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement. The 2018 campaign is supported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program in partnership with the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.

  • NCDOT proposes drone-based medical supply delivery

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has submitted a proposal to be a part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP). If accepted, part of this proposal would bring unmanned medical supply delivery, and the jobs that come with it, to the state.

  • NCDOT launches annual customer survey

    The N.C. Department of Transportation has launched the department’s third annual customer survey. The purpose of the survey is to gauge how the department is performing in its effort to provide great customer service.

    Randomly selected citizens will receive a paper copy in the mail in the coming weeks, but citizens can also participate online. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and the link is mobile-friendly. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused.

  • Rouzer uninjured in Va. train crash

    Congressman David Rouzer was not injured when a train carrying dozens of his fellow GOP House members crashed Jan. 31 into a trash truck, killing a man in the truck and injuring six other people in Virginia.

    Rouzer represents North Carolina’s 7th congressional district, which includes Brunswick County. His spokeswoman in Washington, Danielle Smotkin, confirmed Friday he was safe.

    No congress members were among the injured, according to the Associated Press

  • Makai Brewing Company brings craft beer down U.S. 17 to Brunswick County

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The craft beer brewing trend has made its way down U.S. 17 with the opening of the Makai Brewing Co. near Ocean Isle Beach.

    A host of breweries have started up in Wilmington, but Makai is only the second to come to Brunswick County. The first was Check Six Brewing Co. in Southport.

    Red Hare Brewing Co. of Marietta, Ga., announced plans for its first expansion brewery on Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Agents arrest seven men after separate drug investigations

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested seven men after two separate month-long investigations.

    Brandon McMillon Bragg, 38, of Dellwood Drive in Wilmington, is charged with selling or delivering heroin, maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.