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  • Leland maps potential street connections to meet future needs

    LELAND — Leland commissioners approved a resolution updating street maps created to identify potential roadway connections throughout the town.

    The board originally approved the street infill maps in 2012 to focus on potential street connections between Village and Old Fayetteville roads, which were presented to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization.

    Planning director Robert Waring told commissioners the updated infill maps looked at connections that would ease the reliance on U.S. 17 to move throughout Leland’s city limits.

  • Belville thanks county manager for help making riverwalk shovel-ready

    BELVILLE — Belville officials began their Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville recognitions a couple weeks early during the Sept. 22 town meeting.

    The Belville town council and staff will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the riverwalk from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the start of the first section of nature trails that are part of the park plan.

  • County to spend $1.2M on school construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County intends to issue limited obligation bonds in 2015 to pay for classroom additions at North Brunswick High School and a gym/auditorium at Waccamaw Elementary School.

    Brunswick County would pay $1.2 million for design, engineering, site preparation and other costs prior to obtaining construction bids by advancing funds and then reimbursing itself with debt proceeds, according to a proposal county manager Ann Hardy gave commissioners during their Sept. 15 meeting.

  • State unemployment rate still trails national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers fell to .7 percent behind the national unemployment rate, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state’s August unemployment rate is up to 6.8 percent, the most recent month the NCDC has collected information, with a .3 percent increase from July 2014.

    The U.S. labor force unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in August.

  • Tents under scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Beach cabanas and how to regulate them are still a hot topic as town council scrutinized the summer beach season at a monthly workshop Monday.

    Three island residents, Ann and Gordon Bokelman and John Corbett, urged council to continue to allow tents at Sunset Beach, the last of area beach towns that still does so.

    Ann Bokelman said Sunset Beach is a popular, family-friendly beach that enables the needed protection from the sun.

    “Our grandchildren need it,” she said. “Quite honestly, all of us need it.”

  • Calabash Commissioner Emily DiStasio dies

    Calabash commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Emily DiStasio has died.

    DiStasio, 83, died at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning by the town of Calabash.

    DiStasio moved to Calabash from New York in the mid 1990s after retiring from a career with IBM.

  • Oceanfront pools dunked in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Citing “disturbing and threatening” emails he has received, Sunset Beach building inspections director Sandy Wood says the subject of oceanfront swimming pools has been removed from future town planning board agendas.

    In an Aug. 27 email to Sunset Beach Town Council and members of the Sunset Beach Planning Board, Wood wrote the decision to remove the matter “at this time” was made after consulting town administrator Susan Parker and planning board chairwoman Carol Santavicca.

  • Veterans group raises funds for Sunset Beach memorial

    You’ll see them at their table, handing out literature and enlightening the public about their effort to build a veterans memorial in the new Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Dollar by dollar, the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans is advancing closer toward its goal to raise enough money to have the planned memorial under way next year.

    “We received our 501(c)(3), which makes us a tax-exempt nonprofit” dating back to when the group was formed a couple of years ago, said veteran and committee first vice chairman John Corbett of Sunset Beach.

  • Garland's Fresh Seafood celebrates milestone anniversary

    VARNAMTOWN — Jackie and Nicky Varnam are well versed in this bit of family lore:

    On Oct. 1, 1954, Nicky’s dad, Wesley Garland Varnam, opened his new shrimp and seafood depot on the docks of the Lockwoods Folly River in historic Varnamtown.

    Two weeks later, on Oct. 15, Hurricane Hazel aimed a direct hit on the coastal Carolinas, wiping out the fledgling seafood business and everything in it, as well as most things outside it up and down the coast.

  • Grand jury hands down indictments in sex crimes

     A Brunswick County grand jury returned true bills of indictments against several people accused of sex crimes during a Sept. 8 session in Superior Court.

    A prosecutor is required to present the case to a grand jury that decides whether there is enough evidence to charge the accused with a crime. An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime.

    The following were indicted for alleged sex-related crimes: