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  • Stormwater, retaining tax rate top goals in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Stormwater and retaining the current tax rate are among top topics for the upcoming fiscal year for the town board of commissioners.

    They were among issues addressed at the board’s annual retreat Thursday, Jan. 28, at town hall. The session was led by Mayor Pro Tem John Manning because Mayor Joyce Dunn was out sick.

  • Mosquitoes a biting topic in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — With mosquito season just around the bend, how to control them was more than small talk Monday in Carolina Shores.

    With moist conditions and standing water, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the Feb. 1 town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop that March typically marks the start of mosquito season and the town needs to plan in accordance.

  • Construction climbs in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — After a recession lull, development is picking up in four residential communities in the town of Carolina Shores.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ first workshop of the year Jan. 4, said a lot of new development is going on in subdivisions Calabash Lakes, The Farm at Brunswick, Lighthouse Cove and Beacon Townes at Carolina Shores.

  • Residents face indictments on drug charges

    A Superior Court grand jury indicted three people Jan. 19 charged in Operation You’re Next, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office campaign targeting heroin dealers.

    Sheriff’s office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) agents arrested 81-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Sr. and his son, 55-year-old Harry Lee Ballard Jr., on Nov. 6, 2015.

  • Grand jury indicts three in sex crimes against children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three people Jan. 19 accused of committing sex crimes against children, including a Leland man who is charged with 40 counts of first-degree sex offense against a child.

    Navassa police arrested 54-year-old Owen William Ludlow Jr., of Cedar Hill Road, on Sept. 1, 2015, and charged him with statutory rape of a 13-year-old child and indecent liberties with a child younger than 13 in incidents that happened between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 1, 2014, warrants show.

  • OIB woman accused of posing as cancer patient for money

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman is accused of posing as a cancer patient to secure nearly $4,000 in donations last year.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-oldf Lisa Carol Yates, of Seagull Way, on Friday night, Jan. 29, on charges of solicitation to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense Nov. 15, 2015, according to a news release.

  • No one injured in minor accident involving school bus

    No one was injured when a Brunswick County Schools bus sideswiped a garbage truck Thursday morning, Jan. 28, in a neighborhood between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    Fifteen students from West Brunswick and Shallotte Middle schools were aboard Bus 234 when it scraped the side of the truck while passing it in Lake Tree Shores, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    “There are no injuries or broken glass,” she said.

  • OIB man sought in theft arrested in Little River, S.C.


  • Belville officials vote for town hall land contract, residents vote for town hall design

    BELVILLE — Belville town commissioners voted during their Monday, Jan. 26, town meeting to agree to a final contract to purchase land for a town hall.

    For several months, Mayor Mike Allen updated residents after the board met in closed session to discuss the land purchase that the negotiations for the land were close to a final contract.

    After the board returned from Monday night’s closed session, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge said the contract is done.

  • UNCW anthropologist plans summer dig at Brunswick Park at Belville

    BELVILLE — University of North Carolina at Wilmington researchers from will return to Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park this summer to continue looking into Brunswick County’s history.

    Dr. Eleanora Reber of the UNCW Department of Anthropology, along with Dr. Scott Nooner and Dr. Eman Ghoneim of the UNCW Department of Geography and Geology, brought a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to Brunswick Park at Belville in May 2015 to look for the remnants of structures that once stood there.