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  • Leland council balks at 10-year penny tax pitch

    LELAND — Town council members balked at a proposal to increase taxes by a penny every year for 10 years during discussion of the town’s 2018-19 budget proposal June 4.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members Monday night with a slightly adjusted, but still balanced budget proposal to keep the tax rate at 21 cents for a second consecutive year.

    Hollis reported the 2018-19 revenues and expenditures would balance out at $15,443,754 but increased the estimate for revenues that will roll over from 2017-18 to $1.3 million.

  • NCDOT seeks public input on transportation projects

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation opened public comment

    June 4 for residents to share their opinions on priorities for regional and local transportation projects.

    Those projects are outlined in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction.

  • State Outdoor Recreation Industry director seeks input from Brunswick representatives

    LELAND — The outdoor recreation industry supports 260,000 jobs in North Carolina and consumers are spending $28 billion a year on outdoor activities.

    That’s how David Knight, director of the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, got the attention of local government officials and business owners from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties at a May 30 meeting.

  • Team returns to excavate Gause family cemetery in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Members of the East Carolina University anthropology department returned to Sunset Beach on May 29 to search Gause Cemetery off Seaside Road and Live Oak Drive for the tomb of Revolutionary War hero William Gause Jr.

    Dr. Megan Perry brought two graduate students and a rotating group of undergrads, who are also participating in the Brunswick Town Archeological Field School in Winnabow, for a second year of study of the Gause family gravesite at the invitation of J.R. Robinson, a direct descendant of William Gause Jr. and John Julius Gause Jr.

  • County board delays fire commission standards review

    BOLIVIA — A fire chief’s email has delayed county commissioners’ approval of fire department service standards established by the fire commission they created.

    Brunswick County commissioners tasked the 19-member fire commission to generate and recommend fire department service standards.

    After nine months of meetings, fire commission members voted May 24 to approve 12 measures to submit to county commissioners.

  • ECU to offer current, former commercial fishers free health screenings June 9

    East Carolina University’s College of Nursing announced it will offer free health screenings to current and former commercial fishers this weekend.

    As part of the ECU College of Nursing’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, registered nurses and ECU clinical faculty will conduct the free health screenings Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Varnamtown Hall, 100 Varnamtown Road in Supply.

  • Portion of Mount Misery Road scheduled to close June 13

    A section of Mount Misery Road in northern Brunswick County will be closed for about three months to allow N.C. Department of Transportation crews to safely replace two metal drainage pipes with a reinforced concrete box culvert.

    The closure, which will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, will continue through early September.

    Mount Misery Road will be closed just north of Lincoln Road to the new bridge over the railroad tracks on Mount Misery Road.

  • Two arrested, three sought in robbery, kidnapping

    Two Shallotte women were arrested and three Supply men are sought in the robbery and kidnapping of an 18-year-old Supply man May 29.

    Shelby Renee Zelkowski, 18, of Chickadee Place was arrested May 29 and charged with conspiring to robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping. Taylor Nicole Chann, 17, of Tallow Trace was arrested May 30 on the same charges.

  • Two men face child rape charges in separate cases

    Two men are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on child rape and other charges in separate cases.

    Roland Evan King Sr., 51, of New Britton Loop Road was arrested May 31 and charged with six counts each of first-degree sex offense against a child and second-degree sexual offense, and five counts each of first-degree rape of a child and second-degree rape.

    Warrants show the crimes happened between July 1991 and July 1997 with a child who was between 9 and 15.

    King is jailed on $1 million bail.

  • Sunset Beach greets mayoral candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach meeting-goers got an opportunity to hear the town’s sole mayoral candidate speak at Monday night’s meeting.

    Greg Weiss, a retired sociology professor at Roanoke College in Virginia and researcher who now lives in Sunset Beach, outlined his background and community involvements at local, state and national levels.

    “I throw myself into any responsibility that I accept,” he said, speaking during the early portion of the June 4 meeting.