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  • Roam + River bloggers traverse Brunswick County

    Stefani Jacoby and Johnny Brooks, aka bloggers Roam + River, left March 19 from the Atlanta area to visit every state they can in a 1996 refurbished Dodge Ram van.

    Why?

    They’re both 25.

    They have the least amount of responsibilities.

    It’s time.

    Last week, their travels brought them to Brunswick County. Their journey together began after they met in 2011 as students at Georgia College & State University, or GCSU (“Not the University of Georgia,” they both clarify), in a dorm study room.

  • Customers discover new Leland restaurants

    LELAND — A few businesses that opened in Leland in the spring will spend the summer establishing themselves with a new customer base because they are all new to northern Brunswick County.

    Panera Bread Co. came over from Wilmington so customers don’t have to, opening at 2024 Olde Regent Way in front of the Harris Teeter shopping center.

    Manager Jeremy Spencer said the new restaurant opened March 22 “but people are still learning that we’re here.”

  • OIB officials begin flood map, ordinance approval process

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials placed the town’s new Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) flood map on the wall in the commissioners’ meeting room to show off the upgrades.

    Most of the island was redesignated AE zones, areas with flood rates substantially lower in those zones than homes in VE zones that are considered volatile flood hazard areas.

  • County to end volunteer fire department supplements

    Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy will recommend at a budget workshop Thursday that county commissioners discontinue using county property taxes to supplement county volunteer fire departments.

    “No decision has been made regarding supplemental county ad valorem funding for fire departments,” Hardy said, but she will make the recommendation because of some duplication of service areas and some very low call volumes for some fire departments receiving the supplements.

  • Rouzer talks federal, state issues during Brunswick County visit

    SHALLOTTE — Congressman David Rouzer visited Brunswick County on May 2, including a stop at The Brunswick Beacon to discuss issues facing the country and state.

    Rouzer said the Agricultural Committee, of which he is a member, recently completed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, part of which will get people working and off food stamps while helping them avoid the “cliff,” or poverty threshold, for those who are promoted or take a second job that causes them to lose their benefits.

  • County accelerates courthouse parking lot construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved accelerating construction of a parking lot across Government Center Drive from the courthouse to replace parking that will be lost in the upcoming courthouse expansion.

    Engineering director William Pinnix told commissioners May 7 the courthouse renovation design has begun but it will take about a year for construction to begin.

    He proposed in the meantime the board approve building a new courthouse parking lot that will be open when courthouse staff members lose their parking spaces.

  • Jinks Creek dredged up again in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek continues to be a hot water topic, taking up more than half of town council’s nearly three-hour meeting Monday night.

    Council’s hour-long discussion and debate during a presentation by consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol was followed by comments from many affected residents from the area who spoke in favor of dredging to enable better boat navigation as well as to enhance their property values and amenities for visitors.

  • Carolina Shores set for new budget, neutral tax

    CAROLINA SHORES — Commissioners are poised for a first reading and public hearing Thursday of the town’s proposed $2.3 million fiscal 2018-19 budget calling for a neutral tax rate.

    At their monthly workshop Monday, board members and Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall combed through revenue and expenditure numbers for the proposed balanced $2,321,787 budget that takes effect July 1.

  • Brunswick Arts Council brings back 4x4 Mini Masterpiece Gala

    After a seven-year hiatus, the Brunswick Arts Council reactivates its 4x4 Mini Masterpiece Gala showcasing art, dance, music, cuisine and auctions.

    Festivities for this black-tie-optional event take place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Only 250 tickets, priced at $80 each, will be sold for this event in quantities from one to 10.

  • Hands Across the Sand at Brunswick County beaches May 19

    Those concerned about the potential impacts offshore drilling might have on the East Coast are organizing Hands Across the Sand events at every Brunswick County beach.

    At noon EST May 19, people will join hands for 15 minutes on beaches and parks around the world to demonstrate support for protecting our coasts from oil and gas development. These events are particularly timely given current federal plans to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic coast.