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  • Lewis holds county’s third Opioid Task Force meeting

    A group of nearly 100 community stakeholders in Brunswick County and surrounding areas gathered March 28 as part of the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force, led by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Lewis initiated the task force to address the specific needs regarding the growing opioid addiction epidemic in Brunswick County.

  • County gets name out by helping with Wilmington events

    Brunswick County residents will represent the county, and try to draw a few visitors across the bridge, by participating in the North Carolina Azalea Festival this weekend and the Wells Fargo Championship Golf tournament May 1-7 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington.

    Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman said a contingent of 30 Leland residents will assist with the Azalea Festival parade.

    “It’s a group of individuals, different people from all over Leland,” she said. “I’ve always said we have the best volunteers.”

  • Rap concert denied in Navassa may take place in Leland

    A rap concert that was denied in Navassa Park last week has found a possible new location, if its permit is approved.

    A concert by rapper Rick Ross was promoted as scheduled for April 7 at Navassa Park with tickets on sale at Wilmington businesses Dr. Stylz and G&K Hair Studio and in Jacksonville businesses New Fashion and All About Music.

    On March 21, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation director Aaron Perkins said he received a phone call alerting him the concert was being promoted but didn’t have an application to hold it on county property.

  • H2GO reverse osmosis plant well sites, bids pushed past commissioner opposition

    Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO has begun spending to prepare to build its reverse osmosis (RO) plant, despite board members who oppose the plant claiming the majority of commissioners are acting prematurely.

    The H2GO board approved purchasing two, 1.2 acre parcels of land for RO plant well sites at the March 21 meeting.

    The land purchases each only cost $20,000, but board members Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley, who were elected to oppose the RO plant, questioned the spending.

  • 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.