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  • OIB board approves ordinance on beach digging

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials aren’t digging the number of holes left on Ocean Isle Beach this summer and put an ordinance in place July 10 to prohibit excessive excavations.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said the ordinance proposed Tuesday addresses a larger problem than kids digging small holes while playing on the beach.

  • New judge hears H2GO asset transfer lawsuit

    Representatives of Leland, Belville and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO began pleading their case, again, for the ownership of H2GO’s assets in front of a new judge at a July 6 hearing.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry was appointed by the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin to oversee the case, taking over from Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock

  • Committee completes second Leland business study

    LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee finished a second round of town business surveys, which economic development director Gary Vidmar reviewed for commissioners at their June 21 meeting.

    The first economic development Leland business study was completed in 2016 after the LEDC sent the business survey to 352 businesses.

    The second survey was sent out to more than 400 businesses, Vidmar said, adding all of the businesses contacted are inside Leland’s commercial limits.

  • Heavy rains sock county while Hurricane Chris stays off shore

    Hurricane Chris loomed off the North Carolina coast through the weekend, but Brunswick County saw a heavy downpour July 7 unrelated to the Atlantic storm as a front moved in from the west.

    Brunswick County saw heavy rainfall levels above five inches Saturday from Shallotte west to the North Carolina state line, said Steven Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

  • Carolina Shores approves change to allow potbellied pigs as pets

    CAROLINA SHORES — The heat is off Pork Chop the potbellied pig as Carolina Shores officials took the first step to become pet-pig friendly at the town workshop Monday morning.

    Board members voted 4-1 at the July 9 meeting to amend the October 2014 animal regulation ordinance No. 14-8, section 81.06 that said, “It shall be unlawful for any person to raise, keep or maintain any swine within the town.”

  • Shallotte adopts updated flood maps

     Three public hearings were held regarding the 2018 Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) at the July 3 regular meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen.

    Planning director Robert Waring said the state released the updated flood plain maps that included all of Brunswick County and municipalities for public comment and review. Shallotte was notified in February the maps would need to be adopted as revised by Aug. 28.

  • Town-wide drainage study for Carolina Shores completed

    Carolina Shores announced the completion of the town-wide drainage study by East Coast Engineering.

    During the past four years, the town has spent in excess of $2 million on drainage improvements, according to a town news release. This work remains ongoing to continuously improve the stormwater drainage system of the town.

  • Public meetings on Sunny Point Joint Land Use Study scheduled for July 30 at two sites

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in conjunction with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), Brunswick County, New Hanover County and the municipalities of Leland, Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The purpose of the JLUS is to identify potential land use conflicts around the military installation and the railroad corridor between MOTSU and Leland that might impede the long-term sustainability of its operations.

  • BBB warns of scams involving Medicare replacement cards

    The BBB of Coastal Carolina is warning of a new scam that targets Medicare recipients. Medicare has begun the process of replacing Medicare cards and scammers are seeking ways to make money during this period of transition.

    In a recent AARP survey, more than three quarters of Americans older than 65 knew very little about the new card system, which includes new user cards and replacement cards. Because of this lack of knowledge, it makes them very susceptible to the scammers who have plans on taking advantage of the situation.

  • State reaches settlement over false Medicare, Medicaid claims

    North Carolina has settled with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier, over civil allegations that Rotech knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicare and Medicaid.

    The settlement is joined by 22 other states and the federal government. The total settlement is $9.95 million, of which North Carolina will receive $43,671.23.