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  • Brunswick backs Dare County lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have joined the fight against the N.C. Department of Insurance and its escalating homeowners’ insurance rates.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to contribute $10,000 to Dare County officials, who filed a lawsuit last month, claiming the N.C. Department of Insurance “violated constitutional provisions,” when approving rate increases of up to 30 percent in coastal North Carolina counties.

  • U.S. 17 can be part of UDO process in Carolina Shores, consultant says

    CAROLINA SHORES—As the town updates its UDO, any changes it wants for U.S. 17 could be considered, a consultant said at a planning and zoning board workshop last week.

    Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments said recommendations for the 2.7 miles of highway corridor under town domain could be part of the Unified Development Ordinance process.

    Among details under consideration are restricting the number of driveways per lot.

  • First Brunswick Stew Cook-Off set for Saturday in Shallotte

    What better place to have a Brunswick stew-cooking contest than in Brunswick County?

    That’s the reasoning behind the first Brunswick Stew Cook-Off set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Rourk Woods Development in Shallotte.

    “The idea actually came from Cathy Altman, president of the Chamber of Commerce,” said Megan Masser, community programs and events director for the chamber.

    Altman, she said, grew up in Calabash and Brunswick County.

  • Waste reduction grant voted down after heated debate in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A majority of town commissioners have voted against applying for a waste reduction grant that would have been used for enhanced recycling in the town.

    The vote followed heated debate at a specially called meeting Monday in which commissioner Gere Dale expressed anger over fellow commissioners’ reservations about residents’ willingness to separate discarded, recyclable materials.

  • Local business leaders sound off on stimulus money

    SUPPLY—A group of Brunswick County business leaders told U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) last week that federal stimulus money should go to small businesses and infrastructure needs if the economy is going to recover.

    They also suggested the federal government ease recent restrictions on banks, allowing them to loan more freely to developers and other business interests.

    McIntyre met with the group at Brunswick Community College Friday afternoon in one of several economic roundtable discussions he has planned throughout his district.

  • Commissioners OK ‘shovel-ready’ water projects

    Brunswick County Commissioners are prepared for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners approved submitting two “shovel-ready” water projects, hoping to tap into some stimulus money.

    Commissioners approved submitting the two “shovel-ready” water projects to the Public Water Supply Section of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

  • Sheriff’s office, Leland police, SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share from the federal equitable sharing program.

  • Coring named president of state DARE Officers’ Association

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Todd Coring was recently named president of the North Carolina DARE Officers’ Association.

    Coring, a former DARE instructor currently serving in the sheriff’s office crime prevention department, was sworn in as the 2009 president at state conference in Atlantic Beach on Jan. 15.

    Coring served as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in Brunswick County elementary schools from 2001-2008.

  • Code enforcement targets Shell Point area

    Brunswick County Code Enforcement officers typically issue about 30 violation notices per month, but in a recent initiative, officers inspected about 25 properties in one day.

    Brunswick County Code Enforcement Administrator Fred Morris said Monday’s blitz was one of many operations targeting areas throughout the county with abandoned mobile homes, junked vehicles, old campers or boats, minimum housing violations and abandoned, dilapidated homes.

  • Leland man sentenced to 10-12 years for rape of a child

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man was sentenced to 10-12 years for second-degree rape of a child and failing to register as a sex offender in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Marcus Terrell Golston, 37, of 3719 Blue Banks Loop Road, Leland, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape of a child and failure to register as a sex offender Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    According to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Golston to 10-12 years in prison for both charges to run consecutively.