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Today's News

  • Lawyer presents county with property owner refunds from unlawful 2008 revaluation

    BOLIVIA — More property owners are seeking refunds from the 2008 revaluation the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled unlawful.

    Norman Smith, a lawyer with Smith, James, Rowlett and Cohen of Greensboro who represents several property owners in Ocean Isle Palms, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Rivers Edge and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor stated the intent to county commissioners during the public comment portion of their Monday, Aug. 18, meeting.

  • Tourism impact on county estimated at $470 million in 2013

    The U.S. Travel Association pegs the dollar value of tourism in Brunswick County at nearly a half billion dollars a year.

    The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced earlier this month domestic visitors to Brunswick County spent $470.58 million in 2013, based on USTA statistics.

    The most recent “Economic Impact of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study was released Aug. 15. The study is prepared annually for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the USTA.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 10

    Kyle James Warren, 35, 1429 Pelican Place, arrested on charges of violating probation, secreting lien property and three counts of driving while license revoked.

    Aug. 11

    Grover Harold Rogers III, 42, 1975 Mt. Pleasant Road N., Mt. Pleasant, arrested on a charge of misdemeanor larceny.

    Aug. 13

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for July 1-31.

    Total number of events: 311

    911 hang up/open line: 8

    No event type specified: 2

    Administrative call: 1

    Alarm activation: 16

    Animal complaint: 13

    Arrest: 3

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 14

    Attempt to locate: 27

    Business check: 49

    Citation: 2

    Disturbance/fight: 5

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    Domestic related (pick up belongings, etc.): 1

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 7

    Cornelius Tremaine Washington, 28, 5831 Nixon Lane, Castle Hayne, arrested on a charge of trespassing at Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    James Marshall Gooch, 33, 109 Westover Drive, arrested on an active warrant from New Hanover County on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • County revaluation public comment meeting set for Aug. 29

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials are preparing for the 2015 property revaluation and will hear public comments on the tax value schedule at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

    Brunswick County conducts a revaluation and adopts a new schedule of values every four years. North Carolina General Statute 105-317, requires a public hearing to allow comment.

    The Tax Assessor’s office has made a copy of the Schedule of Values available for inspection in the office and available for download on the county website,

  • Holden Beach board approves traffic, parking rule changes

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach town board approved an update to traffic and parking ordinance codes despite a split vote by commissioners.

    The board made a number of updates based on planning and zoning board recommendations, but the majority of the discussion focused on parking regulations.

    The new codes make it unlawful to park or leave a vehicle standing in any street, right of way, street intersection, crosswalk, sidewalk or access way.

  • 11th annual North Brunswick chamber car show at Leland Lowe’s Food Saturday

    The coolest cars and trucks, and the folks who love them, will be in Leland at Lowe’s Food Saturday.

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts their 11th Annual Leland Under The Lights Car Show August 23.

    The show benefiting NBCC’s education and scholarship funds will be held from 3-8 p.m., rain or shine, in the Lowe’s Food parking lot.

    Lowe’s Food at Brunswick Forest is off U.S. 17 North at 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing in Leland

  • Commercial fishing groups sue federal agencies over unbalanced sea turtle protection standards

    A recent court filing is claiming what’s good for the loggerhead is good for the leatherback.

    Commercial fisherman from Brunswick County and other coastal areas abide by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect sea turtles, but they are now challenging federal officials to hold fish and line fishermen to the same standard.

    The North Carolina Fisheries Association and Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh Aug. 5 requesting a court ruling that several federal agencies allow violations to the ESA.

  • Brunswick district court judge runs for state appeals court

    Brunswick County based District Court Judge Marion Warren has filed to run for the NC Court of Appeals.

    Warren serves the 13th Judicial District covering Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    “Cases heard in Raleigh affect us all,” Warren said.

    “The last 14 years I’ve sat in a courtroom I’ve considered a solemn obligation. I want to take that experience and my North Carolina common sense and my training and background to Raleigh to render decisions they same way I’ve tried cases in front of individuals.”