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  • School board revisits referendum for capital projects

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and Brunswick County Board of Education members can’t decide whether to ask county commissioners to put a referendum that was defeated in May back on the ballot for the November general election.

    While conversations took place at May 30 and June 10 budget workshops, the discussion pertaining the referendum has been tabled at the last two board meetings, a June 17 workshop and the regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, July 1.

  • Leland concert series ends Thursday with variety/country act

    Leland’s of the Concerts on the Coast series will bring back the Coco Loco Party Band to play the final show of the summer at Municipal Park on Town Hall Drive Thursday, July 10.

    The Coco Loco Party Band previously performed in Leland at a Founder’s Day event,

    showcasing many different genres of music including disco, pop, beach, soul and rock and roll from 1950’s through today’s hits.

    For part of their performance, the band will play as their alter ego, Most Wanted, with a set list of favorite country songs.

  • Man accused of sex crimes with children indicted

     A former Brunswick County resident accused of multiple sex crimes involving children has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Joseph Robert Hall, 62, of Pamela Street in Gastonia, was arrested by Gaston County sheriff's deputies Thursday, May 29.

  • Church garden gives fresh produce to families in need

     SHALLOTTE — Members of a local church started planting a garden during the spring of 2014. Now they’re enjoying the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor.

    Every Saturday, families in need line up at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte and wait to receive goods from the food pantry.

    Those goods include fresh produce after New Beginnings Community Church members in Shallotte started a garden to grow vegetables for their fellow Brunswick County residents.

  • North Brunswick Chamber bringing Rice Festival to Belville in September

    North Brunswick County will look to its history to create a new annual event.

    The first Rice Festival is planned for September to recognize the cash crop that helped establish the county.

    W.C. Lanier, owner Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, is organizing the two-day event with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

    The festival will be held at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

  • Roger Bacon Academy faces ethics complaint, public records requests

     An educational management company that operates a charter school in Brunswick County and has another on the way is risking losing its charter if it doesn’t follow state laws.

    Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) has failed to comply with several public records requests from local media outlets, an infraction punishable by revocation of a charter.

    Baker Mitchell founded RBA, which operates Charter Day School in Leland and has received approval to open South Brunswick Charter School this fall, and is the subject of an ethics complaint filed in May.

  • Community leaders seek to establish Project Lazarus in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — What began as a project in Wilkes County a decade ago is sweeping across North Carolina and has officially made its way to Brunswick County.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

    Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health professionals from across the southeast region of the Tar Heel State to Bolivia on Wednesday, June 25, for a presentation on Project Lazarus.

  • Brunswick County under state of emergency as Arthur blows by

    Hurricane Arthur is passing just to the east, paralleling the local coastal area as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds as Brunswick County remains under a state of emergency. Sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph, with gusts in the 60 mph range along the coast, are forecast for the remainder of Thursday and Thursday night.

  • Cat season: Brunswick County Animal Services inundated with homeless felines

    SUPPLY — Lt. Tommy Tolley led an impromptu tour past cages filled with homeless kittens and cats.

    Feline breeding season has arrived, said the director of Brunswick County Animal Services, walking past assorted cats and kittens in cages in adoption, intake and stray rooms.

    The shelter 429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) is full to feline capacity.

    “Spring and summer are the biggest birthing time of all the cats,” Tolley said. “We knew we were going to get hit hard.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — A split council narrowly adopted the town’s proposed $5,865,487 budget for fiscal 2014-2015 with no tax increase Monday night, June 30.

    The town tax rate will remain at 10.5 cents per $100 valuation in the 2014-15 fiscal budget that took effect Tuesday, July 1. The budget garnered the approval of town council members Lou De Vita, Wilson Sherrill and Mike Williams. Council members Terry Johnson and Carol Scott casting dissenting votes.