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  • Hickmans Crossroads Library hosts Tax-Aide

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free, high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • FEMA issues public notice about programs

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required by law to provide public notice of its intent to provide federal assistance and grant opportunities via the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA) or Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs.

  • Leland hosts AARP tax preparation help

    A group of volunteers with AARP will help senior citizens and those with a low- to moderate-income prepare their taxes for free Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leland Town Hall and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the original Senior Center at 1490 Village Road NE through April 13.

    Be sure to bring ID, a copy of last year’s tax return and all other relevant forms.

  • Regional bicycle plan available for review and comment

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments was awarded a planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to develop a regional comprehensive bicycle transportation plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify opportunities and constraints for bicycling in the Cape Fear region, and to establish recommendations for improvement.

    The Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan covers Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties as well as southern Bladen, western Onslow and southern Sampson counties.

  • Supply man faces felony charges in Feb. 2 fatal crash

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers have arrested a man involved in a fatal crash Feb. 2 in Supply.

    William Chandler McHenry, 24, of Blue Bird Lane in Supply was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with one felony count of second-degree murder, one felony count of aggravated death by motor vehicle, one felony count of serious injury by motor vehicle and one misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

  • NWS predicts neutral hurricane season

    WILMINGTON — Hurricane season modeling by the National Weather Service anticipates neither El Niño nor La Niña will influence storms this year.

    Steve Pfaff, a meteorologist at the NWS office in Wilmington, predicted a neutral hurricane season, one that won’t be affected by the wet weather of an El Niño or dry weather of a La Niña.

  • Butler replaces Hamilton as District 18 state rep

    LELAND — Wilmington lawyer Deborah Butler was voted the appointee to fill state Rep. Susi Hamilton’s Dist 18 seat in the General Assembly with overwhelming support from New Hanover County’s Democratic Party representatives.

    Two voting members each from New Hanover County and Brunswick County Democratic Parties made up the executive committee electors who met Feb. 1 at Leland Town Hall.

    Earla Pope and Millie Elledge were the New Hanover County representatives. Carl Parker and Charles Carroll represented Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners approve street name change to identify road for EMS

    Safety trumped history as Brunswick County commissioners adopted new street names for seven roads at Monday’s February meeting.

    Commissioners held a public hearing on the street name changes at the Feb. 6 meeting, but only one road’s switch prompted discussion.

    Mark Glenn asked that a driveway off Holden Beach Road, which was to be renamed Ausley Potter Road SW, be left alone. He said locals have recognized the road as Old H&L Road since 1944.

  • NCDOT aviation grant funds terminal upgrade at Southport airport

    Southport’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport will begin upgrades in 2017 that will see a new terminal building added to its facilities.

    In 2016, the airport received $3.5 million from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation to extend water and sewer lines and build the new terminal.

    The 6,000-foot water and sewer line extension will allow for expansion on the west side of the airport where the new terminal will be built.

  • Leland residents seek multi-use facility for young and old

    LELAND — Leland residents who attended a parks and recreation roundtable Monday night said they favor an indoor multi-use athletics facility if the town looks at getting into the sports game.

    Leland Operation Services Director Niel Brooks led the discussion at the joint meeting between the town board and parks and rec board to receive public input on the athletic needs of its growing population.