Local News

  • Belville subdivisions to see slower traffic

    Belville will slow the pace in a few subdivisions once the North Carolina Department of Transportation approves a drop in the speed limits.

    The town requested a review of speed limits which Jessi Leonard, NCDOT division traffic engineer reviewed with board members Oct. 3. Belville delayed its regular September meeting to the first week in October because of town commissioner scheduling conflicts.

  • Plans for OIB Publix submitted to Army Corps of Engineers

    A Publix shopping center developer is ramping up plans to build in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Halpern Enterprises of Atlanta began planning for the county’s first Publix in Oak Island in January, but already had a proposal for an OIB location on its website.

    On Sept. 30, Charles Worthen, a representative for Halpern Development Co. LLC, applied for Department of the Army authorization to fill wetlands and streams for the commercial and retail space with the Wilmington District of the Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Rouzer votes for infrastructure bill

    With the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed last month the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 that addresses the needs of America’s harbors, locks and dams and provides for flood protection and other water resources infrastructure by authorizing specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities.

    WRDA 2016 is a fully offset bill that enables Congress to have much stronger and more consistent oversight of infrastructure policy and implementation.

  • New DMV mobile office to visit Southport

    Beginning in October, the Southport Fire Department will host the newest mobile office designed by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles for three days each month. The entrance to the mobile office will be on the left side of the fire department at 1011 N. Howe St.

    The mobile office will be there Oct. 5-6 and on each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first full week each month thereafter. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached at (252) 214-0060.

  • Commercial vehicle, driver license and ID card changes begin

    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles implement three legislative changes affecting commercial motor vehicles, driver licenses and identification cards effective Oct. 1.

    House Bill 1044 requires DMV to refuse registration or issuance of a certificate of title to any commercial motor vehicle owner who fails to pay civil penalties and fees imposed by the State Highway Patrol.

    House Bill 523 requires DMV to use a new driver license designation, the letters AI, when requested by American Indian applicants.

  • OIB land use plan public meeting

    A public input meeting as part of the land use planning process for the town of Ocean Isle Beach is planned for Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall at 3 W. Third St., Ocean Isle Beach.

    More information on the project can be found on town’s website, oibgov.com, under “Town Projects.” Additional information about the Land Use Planning process is included on the website.

    For more information, call Assistant Town Administrator Justin Whiteside at 579-3469.

  • Calabash merchant workshop Oct. 10

    All business owners within the town of Calabash are invited to attend a workshop with the Calabash Merchant’s Association, local economic development committee and community service committee at Sanborn Hall, 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash, at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

    The merchant workshop goals are to assist local merchants by networking and brainstorming ideas for cooperative efforts with the town to support promotion of local growth in the community.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Oct. 12, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Lakefront diving business impacts property owners’ serenity

    BOLIVIA — Property owners and residents near Lake Serene were anything but after county commissioners took the first step Monday night to approve rezoning a lake front lot to allow a commercial business.

  • Candidates’ forum rescheduled ahead of general election

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear has postponed the Brunswick County Candidate Forum planned for Thursday night in Leland to stay out of Hurricane Matthew’s path.

    “We have selected a tentative reschedule date on Wednesday, Oct. 19,” Gail Bromley, chairwoman of voter services for the group, said Tuesday. “All of us are concerned about the hurricane.”