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  • 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.

  • Rap concert denied for Navassa Park

    Brunswick County officials made it clear last week a rap concert promoted as happening at Navassa Park will not take place, at least not on county land.

    An April 7 concert by rapper Rick Ross was planned in the park with tickets on sale at Wilmington businesses Dr. Stylz and G&K Hair Studio and in Jacksonville businesses New Fashion and All About Music.

    Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said the concert had also been promoted on 97.3 FM and on Facebook.

  • Avalon subdivision infrastructure completion ends county obligation

    Brunswick County is almost out of the infrastructure development business.

    In December, the county board approved turning over remaining infrastructure bonds to BMR Development Co. after it completed water and sewer, streets and stormwater work for its part of Avalon subdivision off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE.

    The subdivision has two major owners. BMR owns the southern end and Land Limited LLC owns the northern end.

    Known as Avalon of the Carolinas before the housing bubble burst in 2007, it was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond.

  • As residential construction picks up, neighborhood plans increase

    A steady increase in new residential construction in Brunswick County and is municipalities has led to bigger plans as new developments begin popping up.

    The Brunswick County Planning Board approved a new development called Inlet Point at its March 13 meeting. It is planned for 144 townhome lots on 26.4 acres along Village Point Road SW by property owner Thomas Tucker, president of Atrium Homes.

    Jimmy McDonnell, representing Mill Creek Cove NC LLC, closed on the Mill Creek Cove subdivision at 23300 Sunset Harbor Road in Bolivia on Jan. 17.

  • Belville hires county economic development manager as town planner

    BELVILLE — Belville found the town planner it has sought since March 2015 in Brunswick County’s economic development manager John Allen.

    Allen, formerly the community development specialist for the city of Southport, was hired as Brunswick County’s economic development manager June 27, 2016.

    Allen and his wife moved to Southport, where he joined the city staff in December 2014 after a six-year career as economic director in Mecklenburg County.

  • Craft brewery taps Shallotte for expansion

    A craft beer brewery has announced plans to locate in Shallotte.

    Red Hare Brewing Co., based in Marietta, Ga., intends to move into the Coastal Drug Store building at 4802 Main St., on the northwest corner of Mulberry Street.

    Red Hare’s second brewery will be the company’s first expansion and is expected to open in the second half of 2017.

    Red Hare founder and managing partner Roger Davis and Bobby Thomas, co-founder and head brewer, said they were heavily influenced by a road trip to visit breweries on the coast of Oregon last year.

  • Civic groups meet for forum on sharing services

    BOLIVIA — About 30 people, representing the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a half dozen advocacy groups and a church, attended the first meeting to organize assistance for victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking March 24.

    “Although we’re few in numbers today, the fact that we care is enough. It will be a ripple to attract other people,” said Chris Coli from Crosswinds Church.

  • 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.