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  • County funds park improvements despite call to sell it

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners agreed to provide matching funds totaling nearly $110,000 to support grant funding for the Holden Beach county park during their regular meeting Monday night.

    But it wasn’t before commissioner Randy Thompson proposed selling off the park to cover the costs of other programs.

    County commissioners voted to buy 37 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge for $3.5 million in November 2014 to convert into a nature park.

  • Developer seeking de-annexation claims Sunset Beach violated statutes

    SUNSET BEACH — The developer of a senior complex who is seeking de-annexation told state legislators the town of Sunset Beach violated statutes and created “an imaginary list of town inspections” tied to the development of Sunset Creek Commons at 1401 Seaside Road.

    Holly Smith of Ilex Properties LLC sent the town copies of detailed emails and correspondence she sent last month to District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, and District 17 Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, outlining issues she had with the town about the 72-unit senior complex.

  • Sunset Beach ERC muzzled on dredging

    SUNSET BEACH — A lengthy showdown ensued Monday night after town councilman Pete Larkin made a motion to “disband and eliminate” the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee, sparking anger and heated debate before a majority of council settled for a compromise and eventually adjourned for the night shortly after 10 p.m.

  • Holden Beach manager merits 38-percent raise

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town commissioners unanimously approved a 38-percent pay increase for Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett following a closed session March 21.

    The action increases Hewett’s salary from $98,472 to $136,500 annually, town clerk Heather Finnell confirmed Monday.

  • Gypsy moth treatments planned near Bolivia

    The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon start treating a gypsy moth infestation on 774 acres near Bolivia in Brunswick County. Treatment is expected to start about April 11, depending on weather conditions and insect development, and continue into early May.

    Two fine-mist applications of the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki (Btk) will be made five to 10 days apart using a low-flying helicopter. Btk is not harmful to humans, plants or animals, except small caterpillars.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council to review penalty changes

    Sunset Beach Town Council will consider civil penalty amendments with associated fines at its meeting Monday night, April 3.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. following a closed session at 6 p.m. and pre-meeting work session at 6:45 p.m. at Sunset Beach Town Hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson is scheduled to outline proposed civil penalty ordinance amendments for construction, garbage, parking, beach strand, waterway, channel and canal, town park and general violations.

  • Report prompts sheltering at Lincoln Elementary

    Officials put a shelter in place at Lincoln Elementary School on Friday morning while Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies investigated a report about a suspicious person in the area.

    A sheltering means students and staff had to remain indoors, but the Leland school was not on lockdown.

    The sheltering was lifted about 10:30 a.m., Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said. Parents were notified when the order was issued and when it was lifted.

    No information about the sheriff’s office investigation was available.

  • Agents arrest seven in county drug investigations

    Sunset Beach police helped the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit investigate three of the seven people arrested in the past two weeks after a series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

  • Two men sought in firearm theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for two men in a firearm theft.

    Thirty-five-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Barnes II, of Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, is wanted on a possession of a stolen firearm charge, while 28-year-old James Edward Kohler, of Hampton Oaks Drive in Fayetteville, is wanted on a larceny of a firearm charge, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

  • Duke Energy to test Brunswick Nuclear Plant sirens April 12

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested Wednesday, April 12, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. No public action is required.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at full-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.