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  • Candidates meet the voters

    Several hundred Brunswick County voters got to hear for themselves the opinions of candidates seeking office in the Nov. 4 general election during the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Odell Williams Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Keep it civil

    BCPOA President Bill Bittenbender reminded the audience at the top of the evening not to cheer, jeer or snicker at candidate responses, “So everyone can hear the candidates.”

    Brunswick County commission

  • Mega-kite flyer needs help for festival weekend

    Holden Beach’s kite king could use a few volunteers to help make sure the kites fly high over the North Carolina Festival By the Sea this weekend.

    John McEntire visited the Holden Beach town hall meeting Oct. 14 to spread the word that he could use some help Oct. 25 and 26, when he typically runs a number of kites into the air on the beach just across Ocean Boulevard from the Holden Beach pavilion.

  • Brunswick promotes from within, selects Perkins as new parks and rec director

    BOLIVIA — Aaron Perkins will lead the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, county administrators announced Monday.

    Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said he was part of a three-person committee including County Manager Ann Hardy and Human Resources Director Scott Milligan to select the new parks and rec director after Jim Pryor left Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted a resignation letter Sept. 17. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

  • OIB board commits $250K to roundabout, if NCDOT pays $650K

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials voted Oct. 14 to continue looking into a roundabout for N.C. 179 intersection at Causeway Drive for the second time in three months.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended a town meeting in August to show commissioners a concept for replacing the intersection signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

  • Leland pays $25,500 to settle Internet café lawsuit

    LELAND — Leland commissioners unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement that will pay $25,500 to Internet Café and Sweepstakes of Leland.

    The business sued Leland, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David in 2013 saying it leased retail space at 112-V Village Road beginning in February 2009 and was forced out of business.

  • Holden Beach presents FEMA flood map review

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach officials provided direction for property owners to search for changes to their flood designation at the Oct. 14 town board meeting.

    New preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The FIRM map shows special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones that provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates.

  • County OKs Oak Island dredging assistance

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners gave Oak Island representatives their word the county would help fund its beach renourishment project, but they need more time to figure out how to give it to them.

    “I think we have an agreement to do something, but we need to see how to get there. I feel we can come up with something by next month,” Commissioner Scott Phillips said during the board’s meeting Monday night, Oct. 20, while asking Oak Island to wait a little longer for a decision.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business Oct. 21.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the store before deputies arrived, Flax said. Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach police, along with N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, also responded.

  • Parks and recreation director steps down

     Brunswick County is searching for a new parks and recreation director after Jim Pryor announced his resignation, effective Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted his resignation letter Sept. 17 to County Manager Ann Hardy. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

    “With a lot of projects in queue, I will work diligently to keep those efforts moving forward and in good working order,” he wrote in the letter.

    Pryor was hired in August 2008 as the county’s director of parks and recreation.

  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.