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  • 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.

  • Commissioners OK large event permit, solar farm regulations

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved Unified Development Ordinance text amendments permits for events that would host 1,000 or more attendees and for solar farms requirements at their March 19 meeting.

    The text changes provide a procedure and timetable for two categories of events: those with less than 1,000 guests and those with 1,000 or more guests.

    “As Brunswick County grows in population, the events also grow,” planning director Kirstie Dixon said. “Brunswick County has had increased requests for larger events.”

  • County fire commission to continue goals review

    The Brunswick County fire commission will meet Thursday, April 5, to review a third draft of proposed service standards and receive feedback from fire commission members.

  • Sunset Beach officers lauded for arrest of restaurant robber

    SUNSET BEACH — Four Sunset Beach police officers merited a standing ovation and accolades Monday night for their efforts that led to the arrest this year of an armed robber at a local restaurant last year.

    Officers Colby Bean and Chris Smith and detectives Stan Gurganus and Jared Cox were recognized by Chief Ken Klamar and Assistant Chief Joe Smith at the start of the April 2 meeting.

  • School cafeterias earn Platinum ‘A’ Award status

    SHALLOTTE —Brunswick County school cafeterias are among the crème de la crème of the county’s cleanest eating establishments.

    The Brunswick County Health Department hosted an awards ceremony March 26 at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to recognize the achievements of food service establishments in the county.

  • Bail set at $1M for Shallotte man facing cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held on $1 million bail on cocaine charges.

    Covia Dzell Smith, 44, of Hale Swamp Road was arrested March 22 and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two counts of selling or delivering cocaine.

    Warrants show Smith sold 3.4 grams of cocaine to an unidentified person June 1 and sold 7.8 grams to an unidentified person June 20.

    Smith remains at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Man wanted by Shallotte police arrested on habitual larceny charges

    A man wanted by Shallotte police on felony charges is in custody.

    Charles Jeffrey Jenkins, 41, was wanted by Shallotte police on two counts of habitual larceny, according to a department Facebook post.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Jenkins was arrested the morning of April 2. He remains there on $150,000 bail.