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  • Judge denies motion to dismiss H2GO lawsuit, but cuts claims

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry denied most of Belville’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO that froze the turnover of H2GO’s assets and the future of a reverse osmosis water plant.

    But Henry cut out some of the plaintiffs’ claims in a ruling released Aug. 14.

    State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Henry to take over the case from Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock.

    Henry heard from representatives of Belville, Leland and H2GO at a July 6 hearing.

  • Free Medicare seminar planned in Ocean Isle Beach and Leland

    The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) will offer a free seminar, “What time is it? Savings time!” from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall at 3 W. Third St., Ocean Isle Beach, and again Sept. 19 at Life Point Church, 1107 New Pointe Blvd., Suite 24, in Leland.

    The seminars are open to anyone new to Medicare or interested in learning more about Medicare and will include a question and answer session.

  • Parks survey planned in Carolina Shores

    Carolina Shores may soon survey residents to help determine future recreational amenities.

    Following a town parks commission meeting last week, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said a recreation survey is planned.

    The purpose of the survey will be to get resident input on what parks and recreation amenities the town should offer in the future, Mendenhall said.

    Dale Holland with Holland Planners gave an overview of the town’s parks and recreation plan at the Aug. 15 meeting.

  • OIB seeks bike grant to hasten repaving First Street

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials will apply for a Grand Strand Area Transportation Study grant to support a bike lane installation project on East and West First streets.

    Town commissioners voted during their Aug. 14 meeting to adopt a resolution of support to apply for $385,000 from the GSATS local direct attributable funds program and match the grant with $315,000 from the town.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the program could assist efforts to have First Street repaved by adding four-foot bike lanes on either side of the street.

  • Superfund site section may be ready to develop in 2 years

    NAVASSA — The first phase of development of the Kerr-McGee Superfund site in Navassa is still 18 to 24 months away, cleanup officials said at the quarterly update meeting Aug. 9 at Navassa Community Center.

    But it’s the first notice residents received that the project is ready to move beyond samples and testing into clean up for the northern section of the site.

  • Leland man accused of sex crimes against teens freed on reduced bail

    A Leland man accused of sex crimes against teenagers had his bail reduced by 95 percent last week.

    Leland police arrested Joel Rouse, 42, of Mermaid Watch Court on Aug. 3 and charged him with three counts each of second-degree forcible sexual offense, first-degree statutory sexual offense and indecent liberties in incidents involving a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, according to a news release.

    Court records show District Court Judge Jason Disbrow on Aug. 6 reduced Rouse’s bail amount from $1 million to $50,000.

  • Harrington Village neighbors want street redesign improved

    LELAND — Residents with complaints about how the Harrington Village development has worsened traffic into their neighborhood are taking them to town hall Aug. 20.

    Before the Harrington Village subdivision plan was approved in August 2016, property owners told town council members during a public hearing they were upset with the proposal to add an extension to Baldwin Drive, creating a new street through Harrington Village that connected with Fairview Drive.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks Ash Dollar General store robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who robbed the Dollar General in Ash last week. No one was injured.

    The robber was holding a handgun when he entered the store at 2085 Longwood Road about 10 p.m. Aug. 11, demanded the clerk open the store’s safe and give him money. When the clerk couldn’t open the safe, he demanded money from a cash register, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

  • Leland EDC workforce development discussion delayed

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee plan for improving workforce development hit a snag when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb announced Aug. 7 he would retire in September.

    The LEDC intended to meet with representatives from Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick Community College to discuss developing more technical programs that could lead students from high school into a two-year degree program.

  • Grand jury indicts Southport police chief, lieutenant

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Southport police chief Gary Lee Smith and his second in command, Lt. Michael Christian Simmons, after they were arrested July 26 on public corruption charges.

    The grand jury indicted each Aug. 6 on charges of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, willful failure to discharge duties and obstruction of justice District Attorney Jon David and Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery

    The District Attorney’s Office served Smith on Aug. 8 with another count of obtaining property by false pretense, Emery said.