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  • Belville begins negotiations for development at park

    Belville commissioners authorized Sept. 25 the creation of a work group to begin negotiations with a potential client to build a restaurant at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the working group will include town planner John Allen, Town Attorney Jim Eldridge and commissioner Joe Breault to work with Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co.

    In August 2016, the board agreed unanimously to approve a listing agreement with Maus, Warwick Matthews & Co. to pursue tenants for the restaurant and retail space in the park.

  • Another online petition targets helicopter tour business

    Property owners at odds with helicopter tours out of Ocean Isle Beach’s Odell Williamson Municipal Airport have led to a second online petition, this time by Sunset Beach residents opposing the business.

    Peter Anlyan created the Stop the Chopper petition on thepetitionsite.com, which has 38 supporters, 19 of them from Sunset Beach, with a goal of 100 signatures.

    “Everyone I’ve talked to thinks it’s a nuisance,” Anlyan said.

  • Multi-use path cost increase leads Leland to seek third grant

    LELAND — Eleven months after choosing to keep spending to build a multi-use path along Old Fayetteville Road, Leland officials again had to decide if the project was worth pursuing.

    Town Manager David Hollis told council members Sept. 28 the cost of the project, originally estimated at $380,000 then increased to $543,000, had gone up to $2.2 million. He recommended they send the project back to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to request a third round of grant funding.

  • Causey’s tour of county includes fire departments

    SUPPLY — Mike Causey serves a dual state role: not only is he North Carolina’s insurance commissioner, he is also its fire marshal.

    That’s why Causey spent part of his Sept. 26 tour of Brunswick County at fire stations in Supply, Bolivia and Leland.

    While at the Supply Volunteer Fire Department on Southport-Supply Road SE near N.C. 211 and U.S. 17, Causey said he was surprised to hear personnel there say they respond to more rescue and wreck calls than fires.

  • County releases latest GenX test results

    Brunswick County released the latest GenX testing results from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday as part of a series of updates since the chemical’s manufacturer stopped wastewater discharge in the Cape Fear River, from which the county draws its drinking water.

    Water samples taken Sept. 14 from raw water entering the NWTP had GenX levels of 20.3 parts per trillion, Brunswick County spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said. Tests on the finished water showed levels of 25.9 parts per trillion.

  • County OKs youth football travel team equipment loan

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will allow a team of 10- to 11-year-old Brunswick Youth Football League players to use county equipment for a national football tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., despite concerns of setting a precedent for loaning county property.

    “Be aware, you will have others come (to you) with good causes,” County Manager Ann Hardy said during the commissioners’ agenda meeting Monday afternoon.

  • Out of the ashes: Sunset Beach couple returns to new home after island fire

    SUNSET BEACH — More than a year after a fire destroyed their island home and all their belongings, Greg and Ann Jensen have finally settled back into a brand new house at their East Main Street address.

    “We couldn’t be happier,” Ann Jensen said as she and her husband, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April, sat in the great room inside the new house built by Ernest G. Crews Construction Co. of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Sunset Beach park rules set for possible action Oct. 17

    SUNSET BEACH — After combing through details of proposed changes in park rules, Sunset Beach Town Council voted Monday night to set a $175 fee for each “high impact” event in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilman John Corbett cast a dissenting vote at the Oct. 2 meeting.

    Council members also took a closer look at a wedding policy and agreed to continue discussion and possible action on the ongoing issue at the board’s next meeting Oct. 17.

  • Carolina Shores returns to regular hours at recycle center

    CAROLINA SHORES — Less than three weeks after changing hours, town commissioners voted Monday to return to regular hours at the town recycling center.

    Commissioners indicated at their monthly workshop Oct. 2 they will take a closer look at the hours next spring.

    Commissioners voted at their Sept. 14 meeting to change hours at the recycling center to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Their vote Tuesday returns hours to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. those two days. The center is also open 7 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Underage alcohol sales cited at four Sunset Beach businesses

    Employees at four Sunset Beach businesses have been cited for underage alcohol sales following an investigation by the Sunset Beach Police Department in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

    Sunset Beach detectives with assistance from SBI agents conducted alcohol compliance checks at several Sunset Beach businesses Sept. 22.

    Chief Kenneth Klamar said detectives sent an informant younger than 21 into local businesses to try to buy alcoholic beverages.