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Today's News

  • If you can’t stay close, at least stay cool

    You might think I’ve come to expect worst-case scenarios, having spent the better part of my journalism career covering crime and public safety. You’d be right. But I still hope for the best possible outcomes, especially when people report their loved ones missing.

    Although we have two missing persons cases to report in this week’s edition at the moment, it seems most of the Brunswick County folks whose families lose track of them are found safe before we go to press.

  • Municipal election filings continue until noon Friday

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees continues through noon Friday, July 21, after opening at noon July 7.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Bald Head Island

    Mayor Andy Sayre filed July 7 to run for re-election.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library to move to SBIC

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners have decided to turn the South Brunswick Islands Center into the new Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Deputy County Manager Steve Stone told commissioners the SBIC, which the county takes possession of in January 2018, would meet the needs of the community that is outgrowing the library building at 1040 Calabash Road in Calabash.

    During the board’s meeting Monday night, Stone said Hickmans Crossroads Library has 15,000 square feet, but it’s on two floors and has only 30 parking spaces.

  • County turns economic development over to public-private partnership

    Brunswick County officials hope the third time will be the charm for their attempt to realign economic development efforts.

    County Manager Ann Hardy proposed at the July 10 county agenda meeting that county commissioners approve a public/private nonprofit partnership to serve as an economic development organization.

    The board members will work with the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation, made up of representatives from local businesses including Duke Power, ATMC, Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., ECS Engineering, BB&T and Novant Health.

  • Charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire chief dropped

    Misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges against Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig were dropped July 10 in New Hanover County District Court after he paid restitution to the Wilmington man who filed the charges.

    “It speaks for itself,” Herzig said of the case. “You can take out a warrant on anybody in North Carolina. It’s unfortunate.”

    Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington who filed the self-initiated warrant Feb. 28, was not satisfied with the outcome.

  • New Leland EDC members plan for second survey

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee reached its one-year milestone at its July 13 meeting by introducing a new group of members.

    Richard Allison and Paul Stiegler did not reapply to serve on the board after their terms ended and Leland Town Council did not renew P.J. Doherty’s term.

    So new members Doug Cushing and Joseph “Chris” Stevenson joined returning board members, chairman David Sink, Michael Braddock, Gene Merritt and Bruce Mancinelli.

    One other new member, Stephen Bon, could not attend the July meeting.

  • OIB accepts land donation to add to beach

    Ocean Isle Beach officials accepted a donation of almost 19 acres of beachfront property following a closed session discussion at the July 10 town meeting.

    The five donated parcels stretch 2.4 miles along the coast but are only about 30 yards wide.

    They sit between oceanfront lots and the beach strand and are mostly plant-covered sand dunes with numerous wooden decks and beach access walkways built overtop.

  • Shallotte ripe for second Mater Fest on July 22

    The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • Belville board recommends first new subdivision plan in almost 10 years

    BELVILLE — Belville’s planning board has approved a site plan application for the town’s first new subdivision in about a decade.

    Planning board chairman Lee Taylor said it was the first new development presented since he joined the planning board nine years ago.

    The Evolve River Road Subdivision is a proposed 11-lot neighborhood on 5.13 acres on the west side of River Road (N.C. 133) between the Hawkeswater subdivision to the north and west and the Olde Towne subdivision to the south.

  • Meeting in Leland details county transportation plans

    LELAND — Brunswick County Board of Commissioners chairman Frank Williams hosted a meeting at the Leland senior center Tuesday to share information about transportation plans in District 5.

    Those who attended instead learned about transportation projects throughout all of Brunswick County from N.C. Department of Transportation Division engineer Karen Collette.

    Collette described the similarities in projects on opposite ends of the county: the Carolina Crossing in northern Brunswick County and Carolina Bays at the North Carolina/South Carolina state line.