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  • A Taste of Calabash winners announced

    CALABASH — It was another successful town event with 760 tickets sold and 18 participating restaurants.

    Helen Kapalka, organizer of A Taste of Calabash, said the third annual festival April 21 was another hit.

    Kapalka, speaking at the monthly town commissioners’ meeting last Tuesday, May 8, also recognized this year’s People’s Choice winners: first-place restaurant The Boundary House, followed by second, third and fourth winners Bennett’s Grill and Café, Captain Nance’s Seafood and Mmm Que Rico.

  • Kitten healing after roadside rescue

    Heather Harrison was on her way home from work in Shallotte on May 5 when she saw the vehicle in front of her swerve around something at the side of the road.

    Seconds later, she saw a tiny ball of fur trying to scoot farther back from the road, away from westbound traffic rushing past on N.C. 130 into Columbus County just before dusk.

  • County approves $137M water plant expansion

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County committed to a $137 million expansion of the Northwest Water Treatment Plant including a $99 million reverse osmosis plant to filter out contaminants from the Cape Fear River, the source of the county’s drinking water.

    County commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to move forward on the RO/expansion project at a May 10 budget workshop for fiscal year 2018-19.

  • NCLCV announces Green Tie Award winners

    The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) announced the honorees for its annual Green Tie Awards on May 8.

    Among them is Representative of the Year Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, who represents the northern portion of Brunswick County. Though she was omitted from the House committees studying GenX, Butler raised her voice and galvanized citizens to speak out against the pollution of the Cape Fear River.

  • Oak Island reports progress on dune restoration, other projects

    After Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the town of Oak Island worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on a truck haul project to restore some of the dunes lost in the storm. The project began in the spring 2017 and was halted during turtle nesting season. The project resumed in November 2017 and was completed in early March 2018.

  • State chosen for FAA pilot drone program

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the N.C. Department of Transportation has been selected as one of only 10 participants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, or drones) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative that will shape the future of drones in America.

    “We are looking forward to helping today’s winners unlock the enormous potential of drone operations, which will create new services and jobs in their local communities,” Chao said in a news release.

  • Holden Beach system development fees public hearing May 23

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the town hall public assembly at 110 Rothschild St. to hear a presentation on the study of system development fees the town could levy.

    This hearing, the study and the presentation are in accordance with NC Administrative Code 15A NCAC 18C.0409 and 15A NCAC 02T.011.

    McGill Associates will present the study results, which is posted on the town website, hbtownhall.com.

    All interested are invited to attend.

  • Carolina Shores flood maps information session set for May 21

    The town of Carolina Shores will hold a public information meeting on flood maps at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, is in the process of updating flood maps for Brunswick County, including the town of Carolina Shores.

  • School board OKs referendum project updates

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved updates May 1 to projects funded through a $152 million school bond referendum voters passed in November 2016.

    Board members first approved early work site authorization to proceed for Town Creek Middle School.

  • School board members OK personnel lists

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes after its May 1 closed session.

    Under administrative retirements, the board approved the retirement of Tina Child as assistant principal at Bolivia Elementary School, effective July 1.