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  • Sewer assessment set up for Palm Cove subdivision

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved extending sewer lines to the Palm Cove development on Sunset Beach and creating a special sewer assessment for the property owners to pay for it.

    Palm Cove includes nine parcels at the east end of Sunset Beach where Jinks Creek meets Tubbs Inlet.

    Commissioners, who adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Palm Cove subdivision at the Jan. 12 agenda meeting, set a public hearing for the Monday, Feb. 1, regular meeting.

  • Leland board approves changes to LCAC rates, programs

    LELAND — Leland intends to add more classes and more activities at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, with a new manager, in 2016.

    Former manager Jill Brown resigned at the end of 2015. Town Manager David Hollis said the staff has already begun receiving applications and will begin interviews this month.

    “We are trying to find the right person, so there is no deadline (for hiring),” he said. “If I had to guess, we will probably decide in the next month.”

  • County approves funds for SBMS coal ash disposal, SBHS drainage improvements

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved the use of school capital reserve funds to resolve the coal ash issue at South Brunswick Middle School and make drainage improvements to South Brunswick High School.

    Brunswick County holds funds collected in excess of amounts budgeted for Brunswick County Schools in a capital reserve fund.

  • Art matters: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary’s Reiter nominated for national award

    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter doesn’t teach because she’s seeking recognition or awards.

    Yet that’s exactly what’s been happening to the art teacher within the last 12 months.

    Reiter, one of three finalists for Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, has now been nominated for a national award that recognizes teachers who make a positive impact on their students.

  • Stormwater, retaining tax rate top goals in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Stormwater and retaining the current tax rate are among top topics for the upcoming fiscal year for the town board of commissioners.

    They were among issues addressed at the board’s annual retreat Thursday, Jan. 28, at town hall. The session was led by Mayor Pro Tem John Manning because Mayor Joyce Dunn was out sick.

  • Mosquitoes a biting topic in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — With mosquito season just around the bend, how to control them was more than small talk Monday in Carolina Shores.

    With moist conditions and standing water, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the Feb. 1 town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop that March typically marks the start of mosquito season and the town needs to plan in accordance.

  • Construction climbs in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — After a recession lull, development is picking up in four residential communities in the town of Carolina Shores.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ first workshop of the year Jan. 4, said a lot of new development is going on in subdivisions Calabash Lakes, The Farm at Brunswick, Lighthouse Cove and Beacon Townes at Carolina Shores.

  • Residents face indictments on drug charges

    A Superior Court grand jury indicted three people Jan. 19 charged in Operation You’re Next, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office campaign targeting heroin dealers.

    Sheriff’s office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) agents arrested 81-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Sr. and his son, 55-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Jr., on Nov. 6, 2015.

  • Grand jury indicts three in sex crimes against children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three people Jan. 19 accused of committing sex crimes against children, including a Leland man who is charged with 40 counts of first-degree sex offense against a child.

    Navassa police arrested 54-year-old Owen William Ludlow Jr., of Cedar Hill Road, on Sept. 1, 2015, and charged him with statutory rape of a 13-year-old child and indecent liberties with a child younger than 13 in incidents that happened between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 1, 2014, warrants show.

  • OIB woman accused of posing as cancer patient for money

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman is accused of posing as a cancer patient to secure nearly $4,000 in donations last year.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-oldf Lisa Carol Yates, of Seagull Way, on Friday night, Jan. 29, on charges of solicitation to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense Nov. 15, 2015, according to a news release.