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  • Building permit numbers back to Brunswick County peak

    Brunswick County is back to living up to its reputation as one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, if not the nation.

    Residential construction permits in the county and its municipalities surpassed 2,000 permits in fiscal year 2015-16, the first time since FY 2006-07.

    The pre-housing bubble high for the county reached 2,841 residential permits in 2006-07. In 2015-16, the county hit 2,077.

    Builder Doky Saffo knew what he was doing when he built Olde Towne, one of the first subdivisions in northern Brunswick County back in 1980.

  • Carolina Bays routes still a year away

    CAROLINA SHORES — North Carolina Division of Transportation representatives said proposed routes for the Carolina Bays Parkway are at least a year away from completion.

    More than 100 southern Brunswick County residents attended the NCDOT-hosted meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 28, at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

    Homeowners wanted assurances their tax money wasn’t going to plan a highway that would be built through their residences, their neighborhoods or anywhere in the southern end of the county.

  • Wildfire contained, 123 acres burned

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    A wildfire near Boiling Spring Lakes burned 123 acres before being contained by the N.C. Forest Service on Tuesday.

    “It was very intense for a while,” said Shane Hardee, district forester for the N.C. Forest Service, after viewing the area by helicopter Tuesday afternoon. “At this time we are calling the fire contained.”

    The fire was reported Monday, March 27, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. in a wooded area between Charlotte Road and the Sunny Point railroad tracks.

  • Boat captains say Lockwood Folly dredging ‘dire’

    HOLDEN BEACH — At least a half dozen people including local boat captains turned out last week to outline concerns about the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which they say is in critical need of dredging or boat operators are going to pay the price this summer.

  • Rabon re-files to de-annex Sunset Beach senior complex

    District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon has filed a new Sunset Beach de-annexation bill, this one applying to only one property.

    Rabon, R-Southport, filed Senate Bill 289 on March 15 in Raleigh to remove the 6.22-acre Sunset Creek Commons property at 1401 Seaside Road from the corporate limits of Sunset Beach.

    On March 16, the bill passed first reading in the state Senate and was referred to the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.

  • Carolina Shores anticipates revenue increase

    CAROLINA SHORES — Thanks to new construction, the town is expecting a coinciding revenue boost in the coming fiscal year.

    That was just one of the topics at a town board of commissioners budget retreat last Thursday, March 23, which included review of the budgetary process and timeline, goal-setting and capital projects.

    Town finance director Julie Munday outlined other conditions facing localities, including this will be the second year past re-valuation.

  • Leland man accused of strangling son

    A Leland man is accused of strangling his 14-year-old son last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 39-year-old Richard Leslie Piner II, of Sandy Hills Drive, on Thursday, March 23, and charged him with intentional child abuse causing serious physical injury and assault by strangulation, both felonies.

  • Threat prompts temporary school lockdown Tuesday

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the source of an unsubstantiated threat that led to the temporary lockdown of Brunswick Community College and sheltering at Brunswick County Academy, South Brunswick High and South Brunswick Middle schools Tuesday morning, March 28.

    The sheriff’s office received a tip about the threat about 10:30 a.m., Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said. Neither she nor sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax disclosed the nature of the threat.

  • NCDOT establishes practices for drone use in disaster response

    Whether conducting a search and rescue operation for a lost hiker or assisting public agencies during a major flood event, drones can play an essential role during emergency response. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using drones in these situations.

    The final report was released after NCDOT’s Division of Aviation held a workshop with emergency management personnel from around the state in January.

  • Red Cross issues call for type O negative, AB blood donors

    The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations.

    Those who give can help patients locally or across the country as the Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.