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  • Multifamily housing can continue on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — A citizen-initiated proposal for a text amendment to eliminate multifamily housing in the island’s commercial district won’t be recommended by the town planning board.

    But at its April 16 meeting, the board instructed town planner Rawls Howard to work on tweaking measures to grandfather existing condos in the beach business (BB1) district and come up with provisions to control multifamily development.

  • Calabash OKs corral consideration for horses

    CALABASH — Horses could soon become the newest residents of the Seafood Capital.

    Town commissioners have agreed to consider an ordinance change at their next monthly meeting after a property owner requested it.

    Edward Peterson, speaking during public comment at the April 14 board meeting, outlined his plans to retire to a 20-acre site he owns on Persimmon Road and bring his Arabian horses with him.

    Peterson said he has spent 40 years competing professionally with the strain of Egyptian Arabian horses he breeds and now plans to move to Calabash.

  • BCC Foundation raises more than $25K at community breakfast

     The Brunswick Community College Foundation held its annual community breakfast Wednesday, April 15, inside the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus.

    The breakfast featured guest speaker Celia Rivenbark, a renowned columnist and humorist.

    BCC’s director of resource development Elina DiCostanzo called the event “an overall huge success.”

    Two hundred sixty-five community members attended the event, which raised $25,460.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Road re-opens

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach Road, also known as Four Mile Road, re-opened to traffic Monday, April 27.
    The road was originally scheduled to close from March 18 through April 16, but bad weather forced the North Carolina Department of Transportation to keep it closed through Thursday, April 30.
    The work, however, has been completed and the road re-opened Monday, April 27.

  • Consortium seeks ways to protect coastal communities

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — During the week of July 4 in 2013, four people drowned while swimming in the waters of Brunswick County beaches.

    Coastal community leaders want to make sure towns are protected in the future.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses two years ago released on parole

     A man convicted of three felony sex offenses more than two years ago and sentenced to 10 years in state prison has been approved for release on parole.

    Albert R. Baldwin was approved for parole Friday, April 17, after serving two years of a 10-year sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    Baldwin was convicted of two counts first-degree sexual offense and statutory rape and sex offense Oct. 4, 2012, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Former Leland officer convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison

     A former Leland police lieutenant was sentenced to 20 years in South Carolina state prison last week after pleading guilty to a pair of attempted murder charges.

    Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman sentenced 40-year-old Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply to serve 20 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections on two counts of attempted murder. The attempted murder charges were levied upon Smith after he led officers on a high-speed chase from Supply to South Carolina in September.

  • Supply woman faces drug trafficking charges

     A Supply woman is accused of trafficking prescription pills.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 50-year-old Dori Duke Maultsby-Nehilla, of Pine Knoll Lane, on four counts of trafficking opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Initial budget draft suggests 6-cent tax hike in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town staff is recommending an ad valorem tax increase to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation for the 2015-16 town budget.

    The increase over the current rate of 10.5 cents is based on four components outlined by town finance director Bonnie Schwerd at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, April 21.

  • Students thrive at Charter Day School’s FASTAR competition

     LELAND — Students at Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School (CDS) in Leland have been preparing for the FASTAR competition since returning to school from winter break in January.

    Their preparation culminated on the school’s Leland campus when students participated in the 11th annual NASCAR-based competition Tuesday, April 21.

    FASTAR is an academic competition for students in kindergarten through fifth grade that revolves around a NASCAR theme.