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  • Focus groups, public comments begin Leland’s parks and rec plan update

    LELAND — Leland began its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan update last week by hosting representatives from Greenplay LLC, the contractor that will develop the plan.

    The contractor met Jan. 23-24 with focus groups that Leland operation services director Niel Brooks said were made up of 45 residents and stakeholders, including business owners, who answered questions about the local needs.

    The Greenplay group then hosted a public meeting during the Jan. 24 parks and recreation board meeting to allow residents to elaborate on parks and rec needs.

  • Leland man accused of beating puppy to death

    Animal advocates are calling for justice to be served in the case of a Leland man who investigators said beat a puppy to death on Christmas Day.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said Christopher Anthony Simpson, 21, was arrested Jan. 22, charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals and released the same day on $2,500 bail.

    Jail records show Simpson was re-arrested Jan. 23 and his bail increased to $100,000.

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup project to host workshop Feb. 23-24

    NAVASSA — Residents and others will be able to weigh in on the use of Navassa’s Superfund cleanup site during a weekend community vision workshop Feb. 23-24.

    The community vision planning sessions the evening of Friday, Feb. 23, and all day Saturday, Feb. 24, will offer residents, community leaders, business owners and other community stakeholders a chance to brainstorm ideas and provide feedback to land-use planners for reusing the Superfund site once the cleanup effort is completed.

  • VFW NC elementary Teacher of the Year talks patriotism

    SHALLOTTE — For Union Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tara Cumbee, patriotism is part of the lifeblood of her classroom.

    It’s this emphasis on and passion for patriotism that earned Cumbee the honor of being VFW NC Teacher of the year in the elementary school category.

    West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Col. Joseph Calisto, who received the award in the high school category, will join Cumbee at the official recognition ceremony Friday, Feb. 2, at the VFW NC Convention Banquet in Cary.

  • BFA opens second fulltime office to serve Leland area

    LELAND — Brunswick Family Assistance has opened a second full-time office to assist individuals and families in crisis in northern Brunswick County.

    The new office in the Leland Business Center at 324-I Village Road behind the new Domino’s Pizza opened quietly Jan. 16 to begin volunteer training, but hosted an official opening Jan. 29 announcing services are available five days a week.

    The office is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

  • Little Free Libraries invite ‘park time reading’

    They’re as varied as the books they contain.

    Colorful wooden Little Free Libraries are popping up around the county, especially now that Smart Start of Brunswick County has joined in to bring books to younger readers.

    “We are so excited with what we’re calling ‘park-time’ reading,” said Smart Start executive director Helen Gabriel. “We’re happy to be delivering books through Little Free Libraries.”

  • Jury convicts man of killing Leland woman in 2015

    WHITEVILLE — A Columbus County jury convicted a man Monday afternoon of killing a Leland woman in a plot to steal her car and use it to kidnap his ex-girlfriend.

    After a little more than an hour of deliberating, the jury found 45-year-old Nathan Tyler Jr. guilty of first-degree murder, of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the April 28, 2015, death of Alicia Marie Deans, a 26-year-old mother of two.

  • Carolina Shores reviews billboard design

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is on the brink of erecting a new billboard.

    At a special called meeting last Thursday, Jan. 25, town commissioners reviewed a picture and debated potential design and color for the future billboard that will be used to promote the town.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall later responded to the Beacon in an email that the billboard is part of the town’s economic development committee marketing strategy.

  • OIB to have parks meeting Feb. 5

    Ocean Isle Beach will host a public meeting Monday, Feb. 5, in the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. to receive public input for parks and recreational needs to assist with developing both the town park master plan as well as the system-wide parks and recreation master plan.

    The portion of the discussion for the town park master plan will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by discussion for the system-wide parks and recreation master plan from 7 to 8 p.m.

  • Leland creates public safety committee

    Leland has created a seven-member public safety committee to work alongside the town’s fire and police departments, express the citizens’ vision of public safety within Leland and surrounding communities, and act as advocates for safety.

    Those who want to be considered for appointment to the first Public Safety Committee are encouraged to apply before the Feb. 23 deadline.