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  • Commissioners to decide on farmers markets/farm stand rules

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a Unified Development Ordinance amendment to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands Monday night, but will decide on whether to make the changes at their July 18 meeting.

    Following a public hearing on the text change, commissioners Marty Cooke, Pat Sykes and Randy Thompson each expressed concerns they said would keep them from voting for the amendment.

  • Supply man accused of punching deputy

    A Supply man is accused of punching a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

    Someone called 911 to report a drunk driver on Sword Street in Supply on Friday night, June 3, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. A deputy found 64-year-old Terry D. Sossamon, of Ocean Boulevard West, driving a golf cart and pulled him over.

    Sossamon refused to follow the deputy’s commands before trying to step away from him and punched him in the chest, Flax said.

  • Argument at Lincoln Elementary leads to gunfire, two arrests

    An argument between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland led to gunfire off campus and the arrest of a Delco couple Friday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the school’s resource officer, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bradley Huggins, and staff intervened until those involved in the argument left campus.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate has also improved, as the April 2015 rate was 6.6 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in April.

  • Back in Brunswick Town

    BRUNSWICK TOWN — East Carolina University’s anthropology school has found a gem in the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, returning for a second year to run a summer field school that’s digging into Brunswick County’s history.

    The historic site along the Cape Fear River includes the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue on probation

    Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department Inc. is on probation after a surprise inspection May 10 by the North Carolina Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office.

    David Summey, supervisor of inspections at NCDOI, told the department in a May 17 letter it did not meet minimum response requirements and it would be given 12 months to meet them or its insurance rating would be changed from a 6 to a 10.

  • School board approves 2016-17 interim budget resolution

    BOLIVIA —The Brunswick County Board of Education approved an interim budget resolution for the 2016-17 fiscal year during its regular meeting Tuesday night, June 7.

    The board doesn’t have final funding information from the state or the county for the coming fiscal year, which makes the interim budget necessary. It allows the board to continue to operate at current year levels for all funds except capital outlay until a budget resolution is adopted.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks pickup involved in Calabash trailer theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help in identifying the driver of a pickup involved in the theft of a trailer in Calabash on May 28.

    The driver of an older model Ford F-250 pulled up to a 16-foot dump trailer parked at Coastal Grounds, 285 Koolabrew Drive, attached the trailer to the pickup and drove away about 4:30 a.m., sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Brunswick County to be surveyed by state on seat belt use

    Brunswick County drivers may soon see surveyors on the road collecting data on drivers and their safety habits.

    Brunswick County is one of 25 counties selected for the survey to help determine North Carolina’s overall seat belt usage, which is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, surveyors will be throughout the county in the month of June as part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Vision Zero project, which seeks to lower the number of traffic fatalities in the state.

  • Sunset Beach approves new fiscal budget 3-2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved 3-2 adoption of the town’s new operating $5,584,903 budget ordinance for fiscal year 2016-17.

    Approval at Monday night’s town council meeting includes establishing an ad valorem tax rate of 16 cents per $100 valuation.

    Councilmen Mark Benton and Rich Cerrato favored reducing the rate to 12.7 cents but were outvoted by council members Lou De Vita, Carol Scott and Pete Larkin.