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  • Consultant taps Shallotte as best site to promote for craft brewery

    SHALLOTTE — The ideal location to start a craft brewery is downtown Shallotte, according to the national site selection consultant hired by the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission.

    Don Schjeldahl of the Don Schjeldahl Group spent four days in January reviewing Brunswick County’s communities to determine the best site for the brewery, as well as examine their strengths and weaknesses so the EDC can draw a business to the area.

  • Economic development staff update county officials on 2015 goals

    SHALLOTTE — Brunswick County Economic Development Commission staff recapped the past year and presented future goals to a joint meeting of the Brunswick County Commissioners, the BCEDC board and the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation on Feb. 9.

    Executive Director Jim Bradshaw said one of the top accomplishments for the EDC in 2014 was drafting an incentives policy for new and expanding industry to stimulate private sector investment, economic growth and job creation, which was approved by county commissioners.

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  • Property owner clears Belville retail site in time with U.S. 17 improvements

    BELVILLE — A developer expects widening of U.S. 17/74/76, in addition to construction of a diverging diamond intersection under the overpass, to create room for business at the U.S. 17 Leland/Belville exit to N.C. 133

    Belville Properties LLC is clearing five lots on the west side of N.C. 133 along Blackwell Road, which is being relocated away from the diverging diamond.

  • County unemployment rate up to 6.5 percent in December

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed back to 6.5 percent in December 2014.

    It was the second month of increasing unemployment after the county hit a two-year low at 6 percent in October.

    In November, the rate ticked back up to 6.1 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains improved from a year ago when the county was at 8 percent unemployment for December 2013.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Leland budget talks include Northgate Drive realignment, parks and rec priorities

    LELAND — The time may have come for Leland officials to take another step forward on the town’s Main Street project in the next budget year.

    The town worked with designers from Placemakers Consulting Team in December 2012 on a gateway project. A main point of the proposed plan would realign Northgate Drive to create an intersection at Village Road with Baldwin Drive. The new stretch of Northgate Drive would become the town’s “Main Street.”

  • Public hearing on OIB terminal groin set for March 3

    The public will have its chance to speak for or against a terminal groin on Ocean Isle Beach at a public hearing at 6 p.m. March 3, at Union Elementary School.

    “I assure you there will be quite a turnout. We need to be out in force,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said at the town meeting Tuesday, Feb. 10, when the public hearing was announced. The meeting is part of the 45-day public comment period on the terminal groin environmental impact statement (EIS).

  • Third person accused of drug crime at Leland restaurant

     A Leland restaurant held a staff meeting Feb. 7 to review its “zero tolerance” drug policy after three employees were arrested on drug charges.

  • 1,200 longleaf pine seedlings planted in the Green Swamp

    SUPPLY — Feb. 4 and 5 were planting days in the Green Swamp.

    Those are the days local forestry and conservancy officials gathered at a Brunswick County trailhead of the 15,000-acre nature preserve to plant 1,200 donated longleaf pine seedlings across five acres.

    The seedlings were donated by the North Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters in a pledge drive last summer by WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. As part of the effort, The Nature Conservancy promised to plant one longleaf pine seedling for each pledge to the public radio station.

  • Construction expected to begin at North in coming months

     BOLIVIA — North Brunswick High School students will welcome bulldozers and other heavy equipment to their campus in the coming months as a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s permanent additions is right around the corner.

    Funding for the permanent additions to the school’s Leland campus should be secured by April, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in an interview Tuesday, Feb. 10. The project’s budget is more than $5 million.

  • Swamp park scheduled to open June 1

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If you drive south on Ocean Isle Beach Road toward the island right now, you’ll probably notice the 95-foot poles stacked on a multi-acre lot on what used to be a wooded area.

    Those poles are being used to erect the activity center and gift shop at the Shallotte River Swamp Park, which is scheduled to open June 1.