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Today's News

  • Belville Riverwalk receives PARTF, Duke Foundation grants

    BELVILLE – Phase 1 of Belville’s plan for a riverwalk along the Brunswick River is fully funded thanks to successful grant applications.

    At the Belville town meeting July 28, officials received a $55,970 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and then announced the town’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund application was fully funded at $160,900.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • County seeks input on grinder pump fees at Aug. 18 public hearing

    Brunswick County commissioners set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to establish grinder maintenance fees for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Public utilities director Jerry Pierce said the fees have helped his department cover the costs to upgrade sewer service when the county takes over a municipal system.

    The county board approved the Grinder Pump Maintenance Policy in 2008.

    Under the terms of the policy, the county began maintaining grinder pump stations that provide sewer service to single-family homes.

  • Sometimes memories can sting worse than wasps

    I’m finding it a little more difficult than usual to bang out this week’s column because my hand and forearm are smarting after I got stung by a swarm of wasps this past Sunday.

    Here’s what happened: I worked myself into a tizzy worrying about my house back in South Carolina, so I decided to drive up and check on it in person, just to give myself some peace of mind. When I got there, I walked up to my front porch, exactly the way I did when I lived there, and pulled open the storm door, as had been my routine.

  • Pruden sets school superintendent standard

    This time next year, Brunswick County Schools will likely have a new superintendent.

    We hope that person matches Edward Pruden’s caliber. While we have not agreed with everything he has done during his tenure as the school district’s leader for the past four years, it is obvious he genuinely cares about students and their success. It is the most important character trait a school system leader should have.

  • Shallotte Police report

    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.

    July 21

    Breaking and entering and larceny at Ocean City Chevrolet by someone taking tools from a toolbox in a Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. vehicle.

    July 22

    Larceny of motor fuel from Go Gas on Main Street by someone pumping fuel and driving off without paying for it.

    Larceny of a wallet taken from a room at the Days Inn.

    July 23

  • Leland Police report

    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.

    July 18

    Embezzlement and larceny by employee who had been filing false returns and keeping the monies from a business at 1114 New Pointe Blvd.

    July 19

    Mark Gregory Stacy, 44, 1103 Larchmont Court, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired on Low Country Boulevard.

  • Commissioners choose not to put sales tax increase referendum on fall ballot

    A sales tax increase won’t go to a vote again in 2014.

    Brunswick County commissioners saw too many hurdles to overcome to put the quarter-cent sales tax increase referendum back on the ballot in November.

    The board members made the decision at the July 21 county meeting.

    They didn’t vote on the decision, but came to a consensus while deciding how to respond to a request for a second referendum by a number of town mayors.

  • Brunswick County beach loggerhead turtle critical habitats unwelcome

    Three Brunswick County beaches were designated critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles, but local beach, and turtle, advocates don’t see much of a benefit.

    On July 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) and the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) created the critical habitat designation for loggerhead sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act. The critical habitats include North Carolina coastal counties.

  • Leland board takes field trip to consider water plant zoning

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO had to put their plans for a water plant on hold when Leland officials continued a vote to rezone the plat of land where they intend to build.

    At the May town meeting, the company requested the Leland board rezone property at 9901 Chappel Loop Road from R6 — or residential use for single-family housing — to allow for commercial use.

    H2GO is one of the wholesale customers of Brunswick utilities’ finished water, which it sells to 8,500 customers in the Leland/Belville/Navassa area.