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  • Belville files full breach of contract lawsuit against USG

    Belville filed a full complaint July 27 in its lawsuit against Urban Smart Growth (USG), including more details in the breakdown of the partnership that was intended to create a downtown development on the Brunswick River.

    Belville officials filed the lawsuit July 7 with an extension allowing the town to file its full complaint by July 27.

    Belville and USG developer Lance Robbins signed a resolution in 2007 for a 20-year agreement to work together on a master redevelopment plan of large-scale mixed-use development constructed in multiple phases over two decades.

  • Belville considers cost to hire full-time engineer

    BELVILLE — Belville plans to research whether there is a benefit to hiring an in-house engineer rather than paying more to the town engineering consultant, Cavanaugh and Associates.

    Commissioners initially discussed the town’s contract with the engineering firm during the budget talks in June.

    The town has worked with the consultant on an annual contract for the past five years to handle planning, stormwater issues and most recently the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project, Town Administrator Athina Williams said.

  • Adults invited to Leland’s 21-and-up field day Aug. 1

    Leland Parks and Recreation invites you to act like a kid for a day Saturday, Aug. 1 at its first Adult Field Day.

    The adults-only field day offers anyone 21 and older the opportunity to go back to the best day of school growing up.

    The events will be at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive, between the old and new town halls. Activities will begin at 4 p.m. and are expected to last until 7 p.m.

    Russell Grose, a recreation, sports leadership and tourism management major at UNC-Wilmington, created the adult field day.

  • Leland town, planning boards address transportation

    Leland brought its town commissioners and planning board members together July 20 for a joint meeting to address transportation issues as more development comes into the town.

    “It was held to try to get everyone on the same page,” Leland Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Each board will soon review ordinance changes that propose including a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) as part of some development planning and adjusting town requirements for connecting streets in the town developments.

  • County commissioners hold special meeting but don’t explain why

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday night, July 28, talking for 90 minutes in closed session.

    When they finished and returned to open session, County Manager Ann Hardy announced a personnel decision was made, but said “state law doesn’t allow me to report (the decision).”

  • Deputy kills wild hog that chased woman in Supply

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a wild hog after it chased a woman in Supply.

    According to a report from the sheriff’s office communications center, Brenda Powell called 911 to report the incident at her home on Stanley Road between Taft Road and Windy Ridge Trail around 7 a.m. July 18.

    Powell said a wild boar was in her yard and wouldn’t leave and had scared children at the residence and surrounding area.

    She said she had spoken with animal services and was told they couldn’t do anything.

  • Questions surround reduced setbacks in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town planning board has tabled a request from developer D.R. Horton for reduced yard setbacks for an undeveloped phase in the Calabash Lakes community.

    The board decision came this past Monday, July 27, after a roomful of residents turned out to question proposed plans for 98 single-family detached dwellings in the community’s undeveloped Phase 3 section encompassing about 33 acres.

  • Calabash celebrates Town Hall Day on July 31

    Forty-two years ago, the first board of commissioners of the newly incorporated town of Calabash sat down and commenced with the Seafood Capital’s first town meeting.

    The date was July 28, 1973.

    Forty-two years later, the town of Calabash has grown, changed and is still going strong. It’s transformed from a small fishing village with a handful of seafood restaurants to a less-small town with a year-round population of 1,831 residents and more than 30 restaurants serving people from all over the world.

  • BCC students achieve goals through Project Finish Line

     SUPPLY — Several students in Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education program are only a step or two away from securing their certifications in specialized job fields.

    Thanks to a $200,000 endowment grant, those BCC students will have the opportunity to finish their course work through Project Finish Line.

  • McCrory addresses sheriff’s conference

     SUNSET BEACH — Gov. Pat McCrory touted his aggressive approach to drug addiction and mental health issues that are hampering the state’s criminal justice system as he addressed the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Annual Training Conference on Monday.

    The governor repeatedly said he wanted to lead from the front, spending more than an hour July 27 speaking to more than 200 people during the third day of the annual conference, from July 25 through July 29, at Sea Trail Convention Center.