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  • Park and Ride program to aid U.S. 17 traffic congestion starts in January

    LELAND–A park and ride program proposed by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76 will have three stops instead of one.

    The WMPO Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) created a Transportation Demand Management subcommittee to look at how public transportation could improve traffic during the NCDOT’s construction project on U.S. 17 between Leland and Wilmington, with the intent of planning for the long term.

  • Brunswick County commissioners fete outgoing, incoming officials

    BOLIVIA–During Monday night’s Brunswick County commissioner meeting, outgoing board chairman Phil Norris not only received a warm sendoff – he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.

    The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is awarded by the governor to individuals for their extraordinary service to the state of North Carolina through their work in their community, their career or for service to the state.

  • Eagle Scout project could help clear Riverwalk trail

    Belville’s Riverwalk Park plan is meant to promote environmentalism, education and economic development and now it might help a Boy Scout earn his Eagle Scout rank.

    Thomas Wallace, a scout with Boy Scout Troop 13 based out of St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, attended the Nov. 17 Belville town board meeting to propose an Eagle Scout project to help clear and add on to the trail the is part of the first phase of the riverwalk.

    “The project would remove a bunch of stumps, roots and trash from the trails,” Wallace said.

  • State unemployment rate a half point above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains above 6 percent for October while the national unemployment rate stayed below that mark, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The NCDC - Labor and Economic Analysis Division, provides the county, state and national numbers on unemployment each month.

    The state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 6.3 percent for October while the national rate was 5.8 percent.

  • Outrage over firing lingers as interim school superintendent takes helm

     BOLIVIA — Although it was the Brunswick County Board of Education’s first official meeting under interim superintendent Les Tubb, it was the superintendent the members recently fired who was the point of contention with several concerned parents and community members at a Tuesday, Dec. 2, regular scheduled meeting at the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    The board’s decision to terminate Dr. Edward Pruden’s contract last month sparked outrage from the community, which spilled over into Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • Local artists flood the streets on Black Friday

     SHALLOTTE — Brunswick County artists sure know how to brighten Black Friday.

    The artists lined the streets and parking lots of Shallotte with donated artwork the day after Thanksgiving for the inaugural Flood the Streets with Art Black Friday event.

  • Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals for seniors

     SHALLOTTE — Many seniors in Brunswick County weren’t able to leave their homes on Thanksgiving, so local volunteers brought a taste of the holiday to them.

  • Ash man sought in nightclub shooting

     Investigators are looking for a 27-year-old Ash man accused of shooting a Supply man at a Shallotte nightclub about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

    Deontray Tremel Bryant, of Plainview Drive, is wanted on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Bryant is accused of shooting 26-year-old Nikko Hankins at Remedy’s Lounge, a nightclub off N.C. 130/Holden Beach Road.

  • Duo accused of stealing more than $1M in property in three counties

     Detectives have arrested a couple accused of committing more than 100 break-ins in three counties.

  • Calabash greenskeeper dies at Sunset Beach golf course

     A Calabash man drowned while working at a Sunset Beach golf course Friday morning, Nov. 28.

    Forty-six-year-old Juan Luis Morales-Ambrosio, who was working as a greenskeeper at Ocean Ridge Plantation, was operating a three-wheel Gator lawn maintenance vehicle in a sandtrap on Hole No. 5 of Tiger’s Eye Golf Course when the vehicle went into the water, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Morales-Ambrosio was pulled from the water by coworkers and friends at 8:35 a.m. and was pronounced dead at 8:51 a.m. The cause of death is drowning, Crocker said.