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Today's News

  • Riverfront Arts Festival returns to Belville’s Riverwalk park May 30

    The Second Annual Riverfront Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

    Presented by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the goal of the Riverfront Arts Festival is to celebrate the arts, music and history of the area.

    “The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is pleased to celebrate the local history, arts and culture of our region in one event for the community to enjoy,” says Executive Director Dana Fisher.

  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    May 17

    Omar Gutierrez was arrested on a charge of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

    Mark Antonio Gutierrez was arrested on a charge of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

    Vandalism; graffiti on the entrance signs and other signs at Grayson Park.

    Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 North resulting in property damage.

  • Belville budget keeps tax rate steady

    Belville continued shaping its 2015-16 budget during the town commissioners’ May 18 meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed the board keep Belville’s tax rate at the same level for the next fiscal year unless it receives a change in revaluation numbers from Brunswick County.

    The property tax rate is proposed to remain at $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

    The rate is based on current estimates for Belville’s total assessed property value of $182,705,750.

  • Leland considers one-cent tax increase for police

    LELAND — Leland’s proposed budget will not require a tax increase, but officials will consider adding one cent to address police department needs.

    Because of a slight increase in property values from the 2015 revaluation, Town Manager David Hollis said commissioners can hold the tax rate at $.1515 per $100 valuation.

    “We’ve grown 5 percent in the revaluation” while Brunswick County-wide values dropped about 10 percent, Hollis said. Leland has real estate valued at $2 billion.

  • Environmental impact study proposed to move NC-SC connector highway forward

    CAROLINA SHORES — The next step to extend a highway from South Carolina into North Carolina could start with the states sharing the cost of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) put the Carolina Bays Parkway project, an extension of S.C. 31 into North Carolina to U.S. 17, in the top five of priority projects waiting state funding in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) list completed in January.

  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    May 18

    Call for service; someone failed to follow contract by not paying rent due.

    May 20

    Larceny of a purse containing items valued at $62 from a shopping cart at Wal-Mart.

    May 21

    Tell Tenant Curry, 25, was arrested on an order for arrest.

    Fraud; someone tried to take out a loan in the victim’s name.

  • Highway patrol investigates crash involving deputy

     A May 19 crash involving a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a large truck briefly closed N.C. 211 between Midway and Clemmons roads.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Scott Garner it happened at 7:21 a.m. near the N.C. 211 and Woodside Trail intersection.

    Two people inside the 1,000-gallon tank water truck that overturned were taken to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, Garner said.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the deputy was not injured.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.

    Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing — at least that’s my opinion. Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The word on everyone’s mind in the North Carolina House last week was budget. Budget meetings occupied every waking moment. May 19 saw an all day House Appropriations meeting and May 21’s House session lasted all night and into Friday morning, May 22.

  • The more things change, the more the best ones stay the same