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  • Brunswick ranked fastest growing NC county, 29th in nation

    Brunswick County officials regularly tout the county as one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina, and the United States.

    Now they have U.S. Census Bureau population estimates to back up that claim.

    The census data released March 22 estimated Brunswick County grew from 107,431 as of April 1, 2010, to 130,897 on July 1, 2017. The 23,466 additional residents put the county at a growth rate of 21.8 percent, best in the state over the seven-year period.

  • Corps works on Shallotte Inlet shoaling

    A year after concerns about shoaling in the Lockwood Folly Inlet led to dredging projects to make it safer to navigate, Shallotte Inlet is facing the same problems.

    Shoaling is caused by sand buildup from erosion that leaves navigation channels in the inlets too shallow.

    The Army Corps of Engineers report the Lockwood Folly and Shallotte Inlet channels can be 90 feet wide and 12 feet deep, but recent surveys show depths as shallow as four and five feet in places.

  • Sunset Beach steers toward special parking for residents

    SUNSET BEACH — Town leaders may soon be taking a closer look at special parking for residents.

    Near the end of the March 20 town council workshop, councilwoman Jan Harris said she would like to start discussion at council’s April 2 meeting and work toward possibilities for special parking on the island for Sunset Beach citizens.

    “I would like for us to begin discussions to make that possible,” she said.

    Councilman Charlie Nern asked whether that would entail reserved parking.

  • Sunset Beach police seek two men in separate cases

    Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two men sought in two separate cases investigated by Sunset Beach police.

    Derek Craig Leighton, 31, of Royal Poste Road in Sunset Beach, is wanted in the theft of a purse and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle last week, while Kenyon Douglas Ross faces a forgery charge in an attempt to pass a counterfeit check Monday at a local bank, police reports show.

  • Carolina Shores anticipates slightly lower tax rate

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is predicting a 10-cent per $100 property valuation tax rate for the coming fiscal year.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said that’s slightly lower than the current .1016 cents per $100 valuation rate, which has remained neutral for six years in a row without a property tax increase.

    Mendenhall’s statement to the Beacon followed a March 20 town board of commissioners budget retreat.

  • Restrictions lifted as local flu season passes peak

    This year’s harsh influenza season seems to have reached its peak in Brunswick County.

    Locally, flu season hit its prime in early February and has been on a steady decline every since, Brunswick County Health Services director Cris Harrelson said last week.

    Harrelson cited the North Carolina Influenza Surveillance Summary, Influenza Like Illness (ILI).

    “The geographic spread of flu was downgraded from widespread to regional on the latest summary report,” Harrelson wrote in a March 19 email.

  • Holden Beach extends comment period for terminal groin project

    HOLDEN BEACH — Those who want to provide public comment on Holden Beach’s proposed terminal groin project received a 30-day extension to do so following a unanimous decision by commissioners March 21.

    Commissioners directed Clark Wright, environmental lawyer with Davis Hartman Wright in New Bern and a consultant for the town, to submit a request to the Army Corps of Engineers for the extension to the comment period on the Terminal Groin Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS).

  • Adaptive Art joins abilities, creates friendships

    LELAND — Leland Middle School art teacher Carolynn Phillips watched as eighth-grader Christian Corley and sixth-grader Amanda Foster work to paint the designs on the bucket that will soon be used as a drum.

    Foster serves as a helper for Phillips’ Adaptive Art social program, which brings general population sixth-grade helpers together with students in the Exceptional Children program to work on art projects.

  • Workshop aims to empower those working in at-risk communities

    Those who work in at-risk communities can hone their abilities during the Leadership Preparation for Community Involvement workshop that begins next week.
    Marilyn Graham, Brunswick Community College’s director of business innovation, sustainability and multicultural programs, said the workshop will help people to be more effective in empowering those they serve.
    The eight-week long course will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 4 and through May 24. Classes will be at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Navassa Superfund Site public meeting April 10

    The Environmental Protection Agency, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the Multistate Trust invite Navassa residents and other stakeholders to a public availability session and public meeting about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Navassa Superfund Site in Navassa on Tuesday, April 10, at the Navassa Community Center, 338 Main St. in Navassa.