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Today's News

  • Snow and ice cause closings across county

    Last week’s snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures prompted postponements and closings across Brunswick County.

    Unofficial data from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington showed the entire county received ice that made road travel treacherous or impossible, with the area between Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes receiving at least two inches of snow and the Leland/Belville/Navassa area receiving as many as five inches of snow.

  • OIB OKs changes for more development

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began 2018 by approving plans for development on and off the island.

    Commissioners approved modifying the existing master land use plan for The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach development behind Lowes Foods on Beach Drive SW (N.C. 179).

    A change in the design of Section I of the development will decrease the previously approved number of lots from 213 to 202.

  • County planning board revises solar farm ordinance criteria

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Planning Board members proposed new regulations for building solar farms Jan. 8 by revising recommendations turned down by county commissioners in November.

    County commissioners sent the planning board proposals back for another review after residents spoke in opposition of solar farm rules changes they saw as too restrictive during a Nov. 20 public hearing.

  • Commissioner denies homeowners insurance rate increase

    The state’s new insurance commissioner followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by denying a request for a homeowners insurance rate increase.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey rejected the North Carolina Rate Bureau’s proposal for a statewide 18.7 percent homeowners insurance rate increase, according to a Jan. 5 news release from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was unusual for what was happening both inside and outside the legislative buildings. Although I had only one meeting to attend, it seemed to take two days on the calendar.

  • Shallotte, developer head for mediation

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

     

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is preparing for mediation with its riverfront developer after reaching a contract impasse.

    Aldermen voted at their first meeting of the year Jan. 4 to notify Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, that the town was prepared to implement the mediation provision in its amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Kudos to county for proper weather response

    A few days ahead of 2018’s arrival, the

    National Weather Service predicted every part of Brunswick County would receive at least an inch of snow and likely a little ice from the effects of a bomb cyclone expected to slam into the East Coast beginning the afternoon of Jan. 3.

    While Leland, Belville and surrounding areas saw as many as five inches of snow, other communities closer to the Atlantic Ocean and to South Carolina saw nary a flake.

  • Harsh winter temps call for hibernation

    Happy New Year, all! I rang it in by recovering from the crud that plagued many of us at the end of 2017. For me, it was a fitting conclusion to what was a mostly crummy year.

    When I pulled up to my parents’ house for the holidays, my kid brother Jim and his family weren’t there even though they’d arrived the day before.

    “They went to Target because Noah is sick,” Dad explained.

    “Well then, I know what I’m getting for Christmas,” I said.

  • Stitt promoted to brigadier general

    Douglas F. Stitt has been selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the Army. He is serving as director of the Officer Personnel Management Directorate with Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky. He has served in the military for 27 years.

    Stitt is the son of Janet A. and Wesley L. Stitt of Canton, N.Y., and Barbara J. Bartholomew of Sunset Beach; husband of Beth J. Bartholomew-Stitt of Fort Knox, Ky.; father of Laura J. Stitt of Boone and Anna J. Stitt of Fort Knox, Ky.; and son-in-law of Donald R. Bartholomew of Sunset Beach.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

    All our yesterdays have lighted fools

    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

                                    — Shakespeare, Macbeth V.5.

     

    Keep the study-hall candle on for a few minutes here while we investigate this mysterious bush.