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  • Carolina Shores public hearing set for June 7

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning amendment map June 7 at 2 p.m. at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The purpose of hearing is to receive comments on Title IX: Planning and Regulation of Development, Chapter 91 Unified Development, Section 91.09 that the official zoning map shall be amended as follows:

  • Belville plans for small budget surplus

    BELVILLE — Belville officials continued budget talks that began March 17 at their May 14 meeting by discussing what to do with about $50,000 in extra revenue.

    Kemmy Goodson, the town’s financial consultant, presented revised revenue and expenditure numbers for the 2018-19 fiscal year budget, estimating $1,028,700 in revenues and $975,806 in expenditures.

    Commissioners Donna Schardien, Noreen Slattery and Joe Breault voted unanimously at the March budget meeting to hold Belville’s tax rate to 9 cents.

  • Elections board to finalize primary vote tally Friday

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will meet Friday, May 18, to finalize the results of the May 8 primary election.

    Elections board director Sara Knotts said the board members will have a pre-canvass meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the elections board office, Building H, 75 Stamp Act Drive NE in Bolivia, to consider 73 provisional ballots and add supplemental absentee ballots.

    The regular canvass meeting will follow at 11 a.m. to finalize the election numbers.

    The primary election saw just 10.10 percent of Brunswick County voters turn out.

  • Butler to participate in GenX session as lawsuit against Chemours looms

    State Rep. Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, who represents northern Brunswick County, and Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue, D-Raleigh, will discuss the state response to GenX pollution and environmental issues at a May 17 town hall hosted by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) in Wilmington.

    The event is open to the public from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hannah Block Center, 120 S. Second St., Wilmington.

    Karyn Bruggeman with SiX said the legislators will also discuss education, health care and the economy and the public will be able to ask questions about the issues.

  • Man accused of robbing woman in Brunswick County

    A Wilmington man is accused of robbing a woman in Brunswick County.

    Brandon Lee Williams, 21, of South 12th Street was arrested May 9 and charged with common law robbery, misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Williams grabbing a woman’s shirt, pushing her and taking $245 from her May 9. He also had digital scales and a used needle when he was arrested.

    Williams remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.

  • Skaggs named high school principal of the year

    BOLIVIA — When she was first told she should go into education, Cheri Skaggs had one response: “No.”

    Last week, the Brunswick County Early College High School principal’s work was affirmed when she was named the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities 2018 High School Principal of the Year.

  • Holden Beach reclassifies Ferguson as assistant town manager

    Holden Beach commissioners gave a town staff member a new title to go with the duties she has taken on during her tenure.

    Christy Ferguson was hired as shoreline protection and recreation manager Aug. 11, 2014. During their May 8 meeting, commissioners named her assistant town manager at the request of Town Manager David Hewett.

    Hewett said the classification is necessary to reflect the roles and responsibilities Ferguson now has.

  • Pair charged in Leland break-in, assault

    Two people are accused of breaking into a Leland residence and assaulting two people there.

    Kaitlin Massey, 23, of Field View Way in Shallotte and Brenton Ludke, 27, of Wild Wing Road in Supply were arrested Sunday.

    Massey is charged with first-degree burglary, assault by strangulation and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, while Ludke is charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and misdemeanor simple assault.

  • Coast Guard rescues snorkeler near Bald Head Island

    The Coast Guard rescued a snorkeler in distress near Bald Head Island on Saturday.

    No one was injured.

    A woman aboard a 30-foot sailboat contacted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center at 6:13 p.m. via VHF-FM radio channel 16 to report a snorkeler from the boat who was wearing a life jacket became disoriented and drifted too far away, according to a Coast Guard news release.

    Sector North Carolina launched a 29-foot response boat with a small crew from Station Oak Island to find and rescue the snorkeler quickly.

  • Big Earl freed from Holden Beach shoreline Thursday

    Holden Beach — A week after washing ashore, Big Earl made its way back out to sea Thursday.

    Capt. Virgil Coleman was shrimping from the boat May 10 when winds blew a net into the boat’s propeller and got stuck, causing the boat out to drift to shore.

    Michael Staley of Browns Summit, a Holden Beach homeowner who was among those trying to free the boat, shared multiple posts to The Friends of Holden Beach Facebook group Thursday morning giving updates on Big Earl. The boat made it offshore about 11 a.m.