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Today's News

  • Billboard easement bill topples in House vote in Raleigh

    By Laura Lewis, Lindsay Kriz and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    An amended bill to ease billboard regulations in North Carolina and wrest say-so from local governments failed Monday in Raleigh.

    Local governments would have lost say-so in regulating billboards if the provision had been approved.

  • Residents rally to save Sunset Beach market that’s not closing

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents responding to rumor were told Monday night there are no plans to shut down the Waterfront Market.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato accused fellow councilman John Corbett of spreading “fake news” in connection with the seasonal market, which Corbett’s wife Carol helps run on Thursdays in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said several times she had only questioned fees being charged for the market and there were no plans to close it.

  • State: Chemours has contained GenX wastewater

    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality secretary Michael Regan said The Chemours Co.’s Fayetteville facility has contained wastewater from the byproduct GenX following a DEQ inspection Tuesday.

    The unregulated chemical GenX was discovered in the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for Brunswick County Public Utilities, June 8.

    The state’s water quality agency verified the company is preventing the unregulated chemical compound from discharging into the Cape Fear River.

  • Zaxby's ribbon cutting set for Monday, July 3, in Shallotte

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for Shallotte's new Zaxby's restaurant is set for 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, according to an announcement issued Wednesday by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    The newly built 90-seat franchise chicken-menu restaurant is at 4736 Main St., former site of The Grille restaurant where scenes from the movie “Tammy” starring Melissa McCarthy were shot in May and June 2013, and was a Hardee’s before that. Restaurant operators have recently been interviewing and hiring new employees.

  • Leland rescinds on-street parking rules

    LELAND — Leland officials scrapped three years of efforts to address on-street parking problems at a special meeting June 22 by eliminating regulations put in place in January 2016.

    Council members voted a year and a half ago to require an additional parking space be provided at a ratio of one space per one lot in all new subdivisions.

    The town board’s decision to remove the requirements came after town and planning board members held a joint meeting May 26 where they heard complaints about the parking space impact from developers.

  • Sunset Beach de-annexation proceeds in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — A state bill to de-annex a senior complex has been approved by the Senate and passed second reading Tuesday, June 27, in the House.

    It was unclear at press time whether Senate Bill 289 to de-annex Sunset Creek Commons from Sunset Beach will require a third reading, but it was approved on second reading by a 98-14 vote Tuesday afternoon, according to an update on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

  • Belville adds farmer’s market, community liaison and OKs 2017-18 budget

    BELVILLE — The Seaview Crab Company will bring seafood and a farmer’s market to the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park two days a week through October.

    Business owners Joe Romano and Nathan King spoke to the board of commissioners Monday night to thank the town for the opportunity to add a sixth location for their products.

    Romano said they opened in 2006 and have operated open-air seafood markets for seven years on Carolina Beach Road, Market Street and Marstellar Street in Wilmington as well as in Spout Springs and Sanford.

  • "Armed and dangerous" man sought by deputies turns self in

    A man considered armed and dangerous by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office turned himself in peacefully Wednesday morning.

    Records show Douglas Anthony Blouin Jr., 35, was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday.

    Blouin has been charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and assault with a deadly weapon relating to an incident on Friday, June 23, when the sheriff's office says Blouin assaulted someone and shot into a home on Landing Road in Shallotte.

  • H2GO board continues planning water plant

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO will continue to plan for a reverse osmosis (RO) plant as if its saltwater discharge permit remains valid, despite a challenge from two board members.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit May 8 for H2GO’s proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    H2GO applied for the NPDES permit to discharge salt water from the RO plant desalinization process into the Brunswick River.

  • October opening planned for new nursing facility

    A new 136-bed nursing home facility under construction in rural Brunswick County is pegged for an October opening.

    Brunswick Health and Rehab Center has been under construction since June 2016 at 9600 No. 5 School Road near Ash Little River Road.

    It is owned by Saber Healthcare Group headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, which operates 111 facilities and more than 10,002 licensed beds in six states, including Autumn Care of Shallotte and 22 other facilities in North Carolina, according to the company’s website.