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  • Ocean Isle Beach officials approve budget, CIP priorities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the town’s 2015-16 budget at Tuesday’s June meeting.

    The budget increases the town tax rate to .1875 per $100 valuation for the next fiscal year.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s tax rate for 2014-15 was .155 per $100 valuation.

    The tax increase was the town’s response to the tax revaluation that decreased the town tax base by 7.21 percent or $128,320,613.

  • Leland scraps plans for use of old town hall

    LELAND — Leland officials have scrapped plans to reuse the old town hall, and the buildings may be next.

    The town administration anticipates moving into the new Leland Town Hall by August.

    For the past year, town commissioners have considered repurposing the old town hall.

    At a March 2014 town meeting, the board reviewed possible options once the staff is relocated, which included leasing the building or demolishing it. The estimated demolition cost was $30,000.

  • County unemployment continues fall

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

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

    In April 2014, the county had a 6.9 percent unemployment rate.

    The NCDOC reported the state’s unemployment rate continued a month-to-month fall, reaching 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 in March, 5.7 in February and after a high of 5.9 percent in January.

  • Sea turtles advocates forced to relocate nests after storm causes erosion

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A month after Tropical Storm Ana swept through Brunswick County, local turtle patrols are still feeling the effects of the beach erosion it caused.

    Jim Boyce, island coordinator for Ocean Isle Beach’s Sea Turtle Protection Organization, spoke about the “devastating” effects Ana had on Ocean Isle Beach’s west end and the subsequent impact it had on sea turtles.

  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • Teacher of the Year addresses LGBT bullying issue

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year Kayce Smith has publicly addressed the school board several times with concerns about bullying in the school system.

    At the June 2 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, Smith spoke about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a group she feels has been “marginalized” in recent years.

  • School board OKs principal, assistant principal changes

     BOLIVIA — Following closed session at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting June 2, board members approved several personnel changes that will change leadership at six schools in the 2015-16 school year.

    Kelly Andrews, principal of Belville Elementary, will transfer to Bolivia Elementary where she will serve in the same capacity, effective July 1.

  • School district seeks input on uniform policy

     School district administrators are asking for the public’s input regarding the implementation of a school uniform policy for elementary and middle schools.

    Parents of all Brunswick County elementary and middle school students, as well as school staff, have been asked to offer their opinions on it through a brief online survey, can be found on the “News” tab of the district website, bcswan.net, or on the Brunswick County Schools Facebook page. Paper copies are also available in the main office of each school. 

  • Marshals arrest Lenoir County man in Leland

     The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted in a Lenoir County shooting in Leland on Wednesday, June 3.

    Daesean Lindrae Johnson, 20, of Kinston, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury in the May 28 shooting, jail records show.

    No other details of his arrest were provided.

    Johnson is incarcerated at the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center in Kinston on $500,000 bail.

  • Man accused of sexually assaulting girl in Brunswick County

     A Castle Hayne man is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 19-year-old Kymond Juantorey Auther on Saturday, June 6, and charged him with first-degree sex offense with a child.

    Auther is accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 between July 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014, a warrant shows.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail.