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  • New drone laws take effect Dec. 1 in N.C.

    As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry. Gov. Roy Cooper signed two bills sent to his desk by the General Assembly: one revising existing laws and one new law to ensure that drone operation remains safe.

    House Bill 128 prohibits drone use near prisons. Near is defined as a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet. NCDOT will place signs marking these boundaries. The law goes into effect Dec. 1.

  • Green Swamp restoration begins

    Drivers on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County should not be surprised in the coming weeks to see logging at The Nature Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve. The Nature Conservancy is beginning a multi-year project to restore its Green Swamp Preserve in Brunswick County.

    The end goal is to recreate the robust longleaf forest savannas that existed before Europeans made their mark on the landscape. The conservancy recently signed a contract with Canal Woods LLC to conduct the restoration.

  • Shallotte police charge four with attempted murder

    Shallotte police arrested four people accused of shooting into a vehicle in which two women, one of whom was pregnant, were riding last month. No one was injured.

    Eighteen-year-olds Drewshawn Maqual Stanley, of Freedom Star Drive in Longwood, and Toriantte Leviticus Holmes, of Stevenson Road SW in Supply, and 17-year-old Deontre Abraham Benbow, of Hill Crest Road in Supply, are each charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and misdemeanor battery of an unborn child.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve special election for staggered terms

     

  • Local crews help rescue family after their boat sinks

    Townsend and Amanda Link and their two daughters launched their beloved boat, Eliza Gray, from Holden Beach toward Shallotte Inlet in search of some fish Saturday morning.

    Everything was going smoothly until about 11 a.m. when the boat’s motor died. A dead motor meant a dead alternator and two dead batteries, too.

    Eliza Gray, a boat christened with the middle names of the Links’ two daughters, began to drift into an area with breakers coming over the back of the boat just outside Shallotte Inlet.

  • Leland to search town history to decide on second marker

    LELAND — Leland officials will have to look into the town’s history to decide if a second historical marker should be erected.

    Parks and recreation director Niel Brooks told council members at their July 20 meeting Edward Noble Jr. submitted a historical marker application for a marker for his father, Edward Noble Sr., who he said maintained Carolina Avenue for many years.

    Brooks said the historical marker application process involves verifying the contributions a recipient made to the town.

  • Leland TDA considers partnership with town

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority could work more closely with the town if the new board accepts an offer from Town Manager David Hollis for the town to provide some administrative services.

    Leland’s town council re-chartered the TDA in May, increasing membership to include nine seats on the board and voting to have a town commissioner serve as chairman.

  • Belville OKs subdivision, farmers market vendor licenses

    BELVILLE — Belville board members gave their approval Monday to move ahead with the first new development in town in many years.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge told commissioners the town planning board passed a recommendation at its July 12 meeting for the site plan/preliminary plat approval.

  • Developer announces Leland Town Center plans

    One of Leland’s most prominent undeveloped properties is now under development.

    Twin Rivers Capital LLC announced plans for Leland Town Center, a 250,000-square-foot commercial space off U.S. 17 between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza.

    Andy Mitwol, development partner with Twin Rivers, said plans for the retail space are evolving, but the first phase will include a Chic-fil-A restaurant fronting U.S. 17.

  • County unemployment rate stays at 5 percent for May

    Brunswick County maintained a 5 percent unemployment rate from April to May.

    The unemployment rate for Brunswick County had fallen in each month of 2017, from 7.7 percent in January, to 6.7 percent in February, 5.8 percent in March, down to 5 in April before holding steady in May.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County had a 5.5 percent unemployment rate in May 2016.

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