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Today's News

  • FEMA flood maps approval process under way

    Brunswick County and 18 of its municipalities are working on approving Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps and associated ordinance changes.

    FEMA first made Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps available in August 2014.

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

    Public hearings for the rate maps were held in Brunswick County in 2015.

  • Holden Beach abandons pursuit of terminal groin project

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 during their April 17 meeting to end their pursuit of a terminal groin

    The town originally intended to build a 700-foot-long terminal groin with a 300-foot shore anchorage system and associated long-term beach nourishment component on the east end of the island, according to a public notice released by Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Insurance commissioner OKs rate increases

    Brunswick County home insurance customers will see rates increase in 2018 after the North Carolina Department of Insurance announced a settlement with the North Carolina Rate Bureau.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said negotiations that began after he rejected the bureau’s proposed statewide 18.7 percent homeowners’ insurance rate increase ended with an agreement for an average 4.8 percent increase statewide.

  • Leland adds animal control rules to ordinances

    LELAND — Town council members voted to add animal control laws to town ordinances at the April 19 meeting to prohibit the abuse of animals and detail acceptable animal restraints.

    The town didn’t previously have an ordinance specifically addressing animal control, just sections of the town code for dogs running at large in town and the procedure for designating a dog as dangerous, Town Manager David Hollis said during a review of the changes.

  • Dredging draws dispute in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek brought disagreement at a town council meeting last week.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato took issue at the April 19 meeting with councilman John Corbett for querying residents in the area about whether they want dredging.

    “I find it inappropriate you’re promoting dredging when it has been taken off the table by the scoping committee,” Cerrato said, referring to an April 9 session with agency officials that council members attended.

  • County candidate seeks spot on November ballot

    The early voting period is Marilyn Priddy’s last chance to become an official candidate for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.

    Priddy is seeking signatures to get on Nov. 3’s general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for the seat held by Republican Marty Cooke, who is running uncontested.

    Brunswick County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said Tuesday she has been in contact with Priddy and provided her with the state-approved petition to attempt to be added to the ballot.

  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • Red Hare opens brewery and taproom in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — The opening of 34° North Experiment Station at 4802 Main St. on Saturday brought Red Hare Brewing Co. to Shallotte directly from Marietta, Ga.

    “The reason we call it 34° North (is because) the city of Marietta and the city of Shallotte are on the same 34 degree latitude,” said Chris Green, Red Hare vice president and general manager.

  • Tri-Beach fire department celebrates 50 years

    HOLDEN BEACH — Back in 1968 there was not one beach on Holden Beach, but three; Holden, Robinson and Colonial beaches all occupied the same island.

    The three beaches, plus the mainland, needed a fire department to serve them, so a group of local residents formed Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Servicing Robinson, Colonial and Holden Beach.

    It wasn’t until about 1992, when the decision was made to shorten the name to Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Chief Doug Todd said.

  • Event offers info on current crimes

    SUPPLY — Criminals always evolve with technology, but Secretary of State Elaine Marshall says one fact hasn’t changed: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    The keys to fending them off are vigilance and scrutiny, she said.

    “Today they have learned how to speed up, how they can steal your money and do you harm,” she said.