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Today's News

  • Concerned cyclists clean hazardous section of N.C. 179

    Local bicyclists concerned about safety got out their shovels and brooms last week to do their own roadwork.

    Paul Dordal, Dave Weller and Dan Dickerson took matters into their own hands after officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state agency wasn’t responsible for maintaining what the three deemed a particularly hazardous stretch of shoulder along N.C. 179, aka Beach Drive, just south of Shallotte.

  • 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.

    June 10

    Ronnie Joe Yates Jr., 38, of 37th Street, Sunset Beach, was cited on a charge of concealing merchandise while on Wal-Mart premises.

    Vandalism causing $200 in damage to a fence on Mulberry Street.

    Larceny of $31.69 in fuel (drive-off) from Go Gas on Main Street.

    June 11

  • 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.

    June 10

    Vehicle verses deer traffic crash on Brunswick Forest Parkway near Low Country Boulevard resulting in property damage.

    Injury to real property; someone in a work truck drove over the victim’s lawn causing property damage on Heartwood Drive.

    Larceny of graphic t-shirts from the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart by three people.

  • 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.

  • Leland approves new development along planned Mallory Creek Drive extension

    LELAND — Leland’s town board approved an update to the Mallory Creek Plantation planned unit development for a new phase called The Retreat during its Thursday, June 16, meeting.

    The additional 87 lots zoned for single-family homes will also provide more road connections with the adjacent Westport and Brunswick Forest developments.

    As part of the town’s street connector plan, Leland has planned to extend Mallory Creek Drive to connect to Rice Gate Way. The project is included in the 2016-17 budget.

  • H2GO board resolves to proceed with reverse osmosis water plant

    LELAND — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to approve a resolution to move forward on a proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Chairman Bill Browning and commissioners Carl Antos and Ron Jenkins supporting the move while commissioners Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley opposed it.

    Gerken and Trombley were elected to the board last November on a campaign to oppose the plant. At their first board meeting, they pushed to suspend further funding of the plant and review the project and costs.

  • Believeland’s faithful finally rewarded

    If you run into Jackie Torok or Norm Harding in the next few days, or weeks even, give them a big smile and congratulations.

    You see, Jackie and Norm are Cleveland fans.

    It’s a big week for them as their faith was, for once, rewarded with the Cavaliers’ uphill run to the NBA title.

  • Elections board debates adding early voting on a Sunday

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board has decided on an early voting schedule for the November general election, but won’t offer any Sunday hours to voters.

    It was an issue the three-man board couldn’t agree on, voting 2-1 during its meeting Monday, June 20, on a plan that avoided Sunday hours.

    Of the three voting schedules the board considered, one proposed opening the polls from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 only at the voting location at the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia.

  • County commissioners act on school bond, OK 2016-17 budget

    BOLIVIA — Four of five Brunswick County commissioners steered clear of endorsing a bond referendum for Brunswick County Schools on Monday night, but voted to approve placing it on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke, whose wife Catherine Cooke is a school board member, said he opposed putting the referendum up for a vote because the school system was not in complete agreement about the bond referendum and had not exhausted all its options for using existing classroom space.

  • County, towns track Senate Bill 846 on tax distribution

    Brunswick County officials are keeping watch on a Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues for the county and its 19 municipalities.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing the changes to LOST distribution.

    County Manger Ann Hardy updated commissioners on the bill filed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on May 10 and passed on first reading in the Senate on May 11, the same day it was referred to the finance committee, where it remains.