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  • School board approves Town Creek schools’ designs

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the schematic designs for the addition to Town Creek Elementary School and the new Town Creek Middle School during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • Belville opens new town hall on River Road

    BELVILLE — Belville pushed the limit of the new town hall’s 156-person occupancy as visitors filled commissioners’ meeting room for the opening of the new building at 63 River Road on Saturday.

    Mayor Mike Allen told the audience that in 1977, the causeway connecting Belville to Wilmington opened and had the unfortunate effect of causing a number of businesses that were located just across River Road (N.C. 133) to close.

  • Town board OKs brunch bill, beer garden for Run OIB

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach town officials heard from enough local businesses in the past month to vote for the “brunch bill.”

    North Carolina passed the Senate Bill 155 that allows alcohol sales by businesses beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, subject to local government approval.

    In August, commissioners discussed approving an ordinance allowing the brunch bill legislation in town, but none of the board members had heard of any interest in changing the alcohol sales hours in town.

  • Jack Jack 180 brings pop and rock covers back to Leland for Sept 21 concert at town park

    Jack Jack 180 returns to Leland Municipal Park play to the first Concerts on the Coast fall show Thursday, Sept. 21.

    It is a return to Leland for the group that was one of the headlining bands of Leland’s summer concert series at the Municipal Park in 2016.

    The four piece band includes Sara McDaris of Kenly on lead vocals and keyboard; Jim Price of Hickory, lead guitar, keyboards and vocals; Eric Hickman of Wilmington, bass guitar, keyboard and vocals; and Don Spiers of Bogalusa, La. on drums and vocals.

  • GenX manufacturer agrees to share information with DEQ

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and The Chemours Co. came to a court-assisted agreement to open the lines of communication in the GenX water contamination investigation.

    Chemours manufactures GenX for use in making Teflon and other products under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit with the Environmental Protection Agency that was managed by the DEQ. The permit governs Chemours’ discharge of wastewater from its Fayetteville facility.

  • Hurricane Jose lingers as Hurricane Maria threatens coast

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center in Miami announced Hurricane Maria became a Category 5 storm as of 8 p.m. Monday.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane was 110 miles southeast of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, moving northwest at 10 mph. Forecasts show it was likely to continue in that direction and reach Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    The hurricane was reported to have sustained winds of 160 mph; 110 mph is considered a major hurricane.

  • County board OKs school bond financial advisor, water connection

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a contract Monday night with Stephens Inc. to serve as the financial advisor to issue the first phase of General Obligation (GO) bonds for Brunswick County Schools improvements and expansion.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said the $152 million in bonds will be issued in phases with $52,950,000 to be issued in July 2018.

    In July 2020, $47,550,000 will be issued for phase two and $51,500,000 will be issued in July 2022 for phase three.

  • Sunset Beach to address park fees Oct. 2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is stepping up consideration of town park fees and other matters after Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott took issue with ongoing delays and a lack of agenda items at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Following debate about a deadline and time factor, council informally agreed to address park rules and fees at its next meeting Monday, Oct. 2.

    Scott also complained about a scant agenda Tuesday.

  • Latest Lockwood Folly dredge work finished, for now

    Maintenance dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet has been completed, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.

    USACE Wilmington District completed work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island that resumed in late August. Work by the shallow-draft side-cast Merritt dredge had to be suspended in July after the half-century-old vessel had to be taken up to Manns Harbor near the Outer Banks for repairs to a hole and breach on the dredge boat that had caused it to start taking in water.

  • Carolina Shores rescinds state of emergency

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners last week rescinded the town’s state of emergency and took a closer look at issues spurred by Hurricane Irma.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the monthly commissioners meeting last Thursday, Sept. 14, there was about a half-inch of flooding at Oakbark Court, Sunfield and Palmer drives.

    Overall, he added, none of the town’s developments faced flooding except for some garages and at Northwest Drive and Gate 5.