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Today's News

  • County revaluation public comment meeting set for Aug. 29

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials are preparing for the 2015 property revaluation and will hear public comments on the tax value schedule at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

    Brunswick County conducts a revaluation and adopts a new schedule of values every four years. North Carolina General Statute 105-317, requires a public hearing to allow comment.

    The Tax Assessor’s office has made a copy of the Schedule of Values available for inspection in the office and available for download on the county website,

  • Holden Beach board approves traffic, parking rule changes

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach town board approved an update to traffic and parking ordinance codes despite a split vote by commissioners.

    The board made a number of updates based on planning and zoning board recommendations, but the majority of the discussion focused on parking regulations.

    The new codes make it unlawful to park or leave a vehicle standing in any street, right of way, street intersection, crosswalk, sidewalk or access way.

  • 11th annual North Brunswick chamber car show at Leland Lowe’s Food Saturday

    The coolest cars and trucks, and the folks who love them, will be in Leland at Lowe’s Food Saturday.

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts their 11th Annual Leland Under The Lights Car Show August 23.

    The show benefiting NBCC’s education and scholarship funds will be held from 3-8 p.m., rain or shine, in the Lowe’s Food parking lot.

    Lowe’s Food at Brunswick Forest is off U.S. 17 North at 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing in Leland

  • Commercial fishing groups sue federal agencies over unbalanced sea turtle protection standards

    A recent court filing is claiming what’s good for the loggerhead is good for the leatherback.

    Commercial fisherman from Brunswick County and other coastal areas abide by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect sea turtles, but they are now challenging federal officials to hold fish and line fishermen to the same standard.

    The North Carolina Fisheries Association and Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh Aug. 5 requesting a court ruling that several federal agencies allow violations to the ESA.

  • Brunswick district court judge runs for state appeals court

    Brunswick County based District Court Judge Marion Warren has filed to run for the NC Court of Appeals.

    Warren serves the 13th Judicial District covering Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    “Cases heard in Raleigh affect us all,” Warren said.

    “The last 14 years I’ve sat in a courtroom I’ve considered a solemn obligation. I want to take that experience and my North Carolina common sense and my training and background to Raleigh to render decisions they same way I’ve tried cases in front of individuals.”

  • Commissioner resolution opposes housing illegal minors in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s board of commissioners approved a resolution opposing the re-settling of immigrant minors within Brunswick County at the July county meeting.

    The resolution is intended to address the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Unite States, causing a reported hardship on the communities receiving the minors.

    The resolution opposes housing any of these minors in Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes requested County Attorney Huey Marshall draft the document to create a county position on the issue.

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    The Leland Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins and larcenies that occurred on Aug. 4 in the Magnolia Greens development.

    Six of the break-ins and larcenies happened in on Willow Pond Lane and four more occurred on Grandiflora Drive.

  • Sunset Beach style roundabout idea presented for NC 179 in OIB

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – The Ocean Isle Beach board agreed to start a conversation about replacing the NC 179 intersection at Causeway Drive with a roundabout.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended Tuesday’s regular town meeting to show the commissioners a concept for replacing the signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

    Chad Kimes said his department began talking with OIB staff a few months ago to address safety issues with left turns at the intersection.

  • Two years after fatal boating accident, light will mark Cape Fear River quarantine site

    An abandoned quarantine station at the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Southport now has a light to warn boaters of the concrete slab in the water.

    The 19th century station was the site of a 2012 boating accident that caused one death and several injuries.

    According to reports, on Aug. 4, 2012, Ed and Barbara Lee Pierce of Wilmington and two other passengers were in the Pierce’s boat heading to Wilmington when they rammed into the concrete platform.

  • Go right ahead and pass me by

    I have to warn you, I am now the slowest river on the road.

    If you are trying to get somewhere quickly, I’ll be over in the right lane. Don’t mind me.

    I don’t know if I’m finally starting to get used to the way things work around here or if I’ve just given up on the tenets the high school football coaches/driver’s education instructors taught me in summer school.

    But I’m just going to go with it from here on out.