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Today's News

  • Sign upgrades, ABC Store and power lines part of Leland downtown revitalization talks

    Leland officials reviewed efforts for downtown revitalization at a Jan. 8 workshop.

    The board discussed the difficulty of changing property owners’ minds on complying with the town’s business signs ordinance despite providing an incentive program.

    In April 2013, the Leland town board finalized a five-year amortization period for non-conforming signs.

    Leland has a sign ordinance in place allowing 48 square foot, eight foot tall signs in the town’s busier commercial district, zoned C2, near Village Road at U.S. 17.

  • County establishes prequalification process for contract bids

    The Brunswick County board members adopted a prequalification policy for the Brunswick County school construction at the Jan. 13 agenda meeting.

    State law requires the county to adopt a policy and criteria to prequalify bidders for particular construction or repair work contracts.

    The policy can be a countywide policy, but the criteria must be for a particular project.

    County staff modified a policy used by the Utilities Department to use for the entire organization.

  • DOT updates Brunswick County project schedule

    While local transportation committees plan future road projects on both ends of Brunswick County, a number of projects are already in the works.

    The Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) and Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee completed State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) lists in to plan for highway projects in January.

  • Consultant to evaluate Brunswick County for craft brewery

    Brunswick County’s Economic Development Commission will host a national site selection consultant to evaluate for a craft brewery.

    Kelly Stuart, Assistant Director, Brunswick County Economic Development Commission said Don Schjeldahl of the Don Schjeldahl Group will spend four days at the end of January reviewing Brunswick County.

    “We are extremely fortunate to have a previous relationship with the consultant,” Stuart said.

    “We picked a consultant with connections to industries that we would like to target.”

  • Leland decides tree removal too much for town staff

    LELAND–Town board members had to choose between paying for a contractor to remove 100 trees from Magnolia Greens or lose their public works department for a month to deal with the problem.

    Reluctantly, they chose to contract the work.

    Public Works Director Steven Spruill updated the board after the town’s six-man public works department completed a trial run cutting down and removing trees from the neighborhood.

  • Run OIB approved for second year

    Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed to allow the second annual Run Ocean Isle Beach event on Oct 3.

    The first Run Ocean Isle Beach event was held Nov. 1, 2014.

    David Hutnik and Johnna Hall of Coastal Race Productions requested approval for a mile run, 5K and half marathon run/walk

    The one-mile run would follow East 2nd Street to Scotland Street and back.

    The 5K would run along East 2nd Street and East 1st Street.

  • Tax revaluation could bump Brunswick County tax rate for first time in four years

    BOLIVIA–Brunswick County commissioners met with staff Jan. 13 for their first workshop to prepare for budget planning.

    One of the main issues they will address in 2015 is property revaluation and its impact on the county tax rate.

    County Manager Ann Hardy reported to the board members the valuation will be completed and notices will be mailed out in February 2015.

    But the county already has an estimated tax valuation for 2015 to compare to 2014.

  • West Brunswick wrestlers improve to 20-0

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick wrestling team beat Topsail 58-12 Jan. 21, improving to 20-0.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” West coach Jimmy Caraway said. “20-0, I’m pretty happy with. Be we can be better. We need to wrestle better.”

    West already had beaten the Pirates 54-24 in a conference dual this season, so this match had no consequences on West’s conference record (5-0). Indeed, Topsail forfeited six matches in this dual. Before a sparse crowd on Senior Night, the Trojans won five of the eight wrestled matches.

  • Trojans improve to 17-0 in boys basketball

     

     

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    LELAND — West Brunswick’s opponents will be glad to get rid of the Trojans’ senior moments.

    “Senior moments” usually describe lapses in memory for the elderly.

    But for these teenagers, senior moments are when Gray Cheers and Saadiq Johnson take over a game and deliver performances they will never forget.

    The fourth-year basketball players led West to a 72-51 victory over North Brunswick Jan. 20.

  • North Brunswick beats West Brunswick in girls’ basketball

     NBHS 36

    WBHS 32

    North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 36-32 in a girls’ varsity non-conference basketball game Jan. 20.

    For North (8-6), sophomore Jada Bellamy scored 10 points. Sophomore Unique Hines scored seven points and senior Nikayla Ramsay scored six points. No one else scored more than four points.

    For West (4-9), Lelaini Emile scored nine points, Bre Small six and McKenzie Benton four.

    No one else scored more than four points.

    North led 18-13 at the half and 29-22 after three quarters.