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Today's News

  • GSATS committee works on Carolina Bays project

    Transportation officials pushing for another highway connector between North Carolina and South Carolina want to check the math on the latest project priority list.

    At the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) meeting June 8 in Carolina Shores, the group discussed a drop in prioritization points for the Carolina Bays Parkway project, an extension of S.C. 31 into North Carolina to U.S. 17.

  • Free summer meals for children, teens announced

    Open to all children 18 and younger, free summer meals for kids and teens start this week in Brunswick County. No enrollment is required. Call Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition at 253-1092 for additional information.

    Lincoln Elementary School: June 27 to Aug. 18,
Mondays through Thursdays, breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    North Brunswick High School: June 27 to Aug. 18,
Mondays through Thursdays, lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • FAA issues new rules for drone operation

    The Federal Aviation Administration unveiled new rules for drone operators June 21. The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation wants to help drone owners understand the new rules and how they impact drone operations in the state.

    Drones, also called unmanned aircraft systems, are an increasingly popular technology with many potential uses. The FAA’s new rules apply to both commercial and government operations of small drones (weighing less than 55 pounds).

  • Smithville Park playground grand opening set for July 21

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation announced the official grand opening of its new all-inclusive playground at Smithville Park in Southport will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21. There will be snacks and giveaways as well.

    This playground was funded by a grant awarded by Trillium Health Resources.

    Call 253-2670 for more information.

  • New provisions in motor vehicle laws take effect July 1

    Beginning Friday, July 1, five new motor vehicle provisions will become North Carolina law. The provisions, passed by the General Assembly, affect either vehicles or drivers in the state.

  • County, towns take interest in beach access court case

    Brunswick County and some of its municipalities are supporting Emerald Isle in a state Supreme Court case to protect public access to North Carolina beaches.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners have sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes.

    While the property owners lost a superior court decision and an appeal, they are taking the case to the state supreme court to be heard later this year.

  • Tax distribution bill not part of state budget update

    A Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax revenues for Brunswick County and its municipalities did not make it into the budget the two branches of the general assembly are finalizing.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing changes to LOST distribution, which County Manger Ann Hardy reported could cost the county $2.4 million annually.

    SB 846 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax monies to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • Elections board works on relocating two voting sites

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board decided to combine two Election Day polling places into one and relocate another polling site to a new building at the same facility during its June 20 meeting.

    Board members voted to move voters from the Belville 3 precinct that had voted at Leland Middle School to the same site as the Belville 2 precinct at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC).

  • A most memorable visit to Holden Beach

    By Anita Prater

    Guest Columnist

    My sister, Mary Gillum, and I have been visiting Holden Beach for many years with our families. This year’s trip will be the most memorable.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we got closer to a final 2016-17 budget bill, we modified a major transportation bill, we saw two bills of local interest studied and we received more visitors from back home.