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  • Carolina Bays highway meeting set for March 28

    CAROLINA SHORES — The North Carolina Division of Transportation will host a meeting March 28 in Carolina Shores to review the process that would extend S.C. 31 from South Carolina into North Carolina.

    Members of the NCDOT and South Carolina Department of Transportation and local representatives serving on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) board are funding an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine if there is a need for a highway other than U.S. 17 and where to locate it.

  • Fire department decision looms over Leland budget

    LELAND — Leland officials began reviewing budget items they want to pursue for fiscal year 2017-18 in November 2016.

    The review of what they can afford to pursue began at a March 1 budget workshop.

    Leland’s anticipated total revenues are $10.13 million, Town Manager David Hollis told town council members, but expenses are estimated at $11.3 million.

    Hollis said another $230,000 is projected to roll over from the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, although it isn’t guaranteed.

  • County to fund BCC scholarship program for three years

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding with the Brunswick Community College Foundation Inc. to fund a scholarship program beginning this year.

    The foundation proposed the scholarship, called the Brunswick Guarantee, to recruit high school graduates to attend the college.

  • County commissioners choose fire fee increase

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners decided to increase fire fees in the short term to allow for long-term changes after receiving the results of a study March 3.

    Their decision means the county’s 22 fire departments will be able to charge twice the amount in fees they can collect now, pending further action by the state legislature.

    Greg Grayson of FACETS Consulting presented seven options for funding Brunswick County fire and rescue services during a commissioners’ workshop Friday morning, March 3.

  • Warrants: Supply man charged in fatal crash was impaired

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol search warrants show a 24-year-old Supply man charged with two counts of second-degree murder was impaired when he caused a Feb. 2 crash in Brunswick County.

    William Chandler McHenry of Bluebird Lane also is charged with aggravated death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

    McHenry was driving his white 2003 Ford Explorer south in the 2000 block of Kirby Road in Supply about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 when he hit a white 2017 Chevy Equinox, Trooper Matthew Strangman said.

  • Sheriff’s officer’s actions justified in shooting involving Ash man

    Investigators determined an Ash man injured in a shooting at his home Tuesday morning was not shot by a Brunswick County sheriff’s officer.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent gunshot wound to his head, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

  • Another orange alligator washes up

    Chalk up another orange alligator roaming the Carolinas. Gary “Zap” Ceponis recently snapped photos of yet another Cheetos-hued gator on the bank of a retention pond behind his house in Winding River Plantation.

    When he first shot photos on Feb. 23, Ceponis said it was a small alligator about two-and-a-half to three feet long. When he saw the gator again on March 1, Ceponis said the reptile appeared to be losing some of its orange color.

  • North Carolina encourages air quality forecast awareness

    The 2017 ozone season has started, as state and local environmental agencies renew their daily air quality forecasts for ozone in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

    Ozone, which has been North Carolina’s most widespread air quality concern, continues to decline, thanks in large part to reductions in emissions from its primary air pollution sources: power plants, industry and motor vehicles.

  • Legislators introduce STOP Act to confront opioid epidemic

    Sens. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, Jim Davis and Tom McInnis and Reps. Greg Murphy, Ted Davis, Craig Horn and Chris Malone, joined by Attorney General Josh Stein, unveiled legislation to confront the opioid epidemic.

    The STOP Act, formally the Strengthen Opioid misuse Prevention Act, was introduced with companion bills in the Senate and House. This legislation is designed to ensure smarter prescribing and smarter dispensing of highly addictive prescription drugs. The bill also includes $20 million for treatment and recovery over two years.

  • Williams re-elected to serve as chairman of Cape Fear RPO

    The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) elected officers for 2017 at its Feb. 10 meeting. Brunswick County commissioner Frank Williams was unanimously re-elected chairman and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann was unanimously re-elected vice chairman.