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  • Leland board approves bonus for town manager’s performance

    Leland town council members awarded town manager David Hollis a one-time $20,000 bonus and upgraded his health-care plan after reviewing his performance Monday, July 15.

    Councilman Jon Tait said Hollis’ review was overdue, especially since the board was unanimous in its opinion of his work.

    “We are all pleased with his performance. He works harder than anyone I know,” Tait said.

    The board didn’t raise Hollis’ salary but provided benefits that Tait said were equivalent to a 7-percent increase.

  • Immigration reformers sit in at McIntyre’s Leland office

    An advocacy group for immigration reform held a sit-in in the Leland office of Congressman Mike McIntyre last week.

    The Latin American Coalition, based in Charlotte, spent the week caravanning around North Carolina on their way to Washington, D.C., and chose to stop at McIntyre’s office at 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 206, on July 18 to protest his vote to defund the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

  • NAACP questions low numbers for black teachers, students in accelerated courses

    The local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to see a few changes in Brunswick County Schools.

    Dr. Jerry Jackson spoke to members of the board of education July 9 on behalf of the Brunswick County NAACP.

    He said he shared the NAACP’s concerns, which are based on information received through public information access laws, with superintendent Edward Pruden, executive director of human resources Mark Pasier, and some of the board members.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate still above state, national averages

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continues to remain higher than state and national averages.

    According to the N.C. Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in May 2013.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was .7 percent above the state average of 8.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate number is 7.3 percent.

  • Residents, students work to increase oyster population, improve coastal environment

    Many hands make light work.

    That was the motto in St. James last week as residents, UNC Wilmington students, Oceans 17 campers and children from the Brunswick County Boys and Girls Club came together to add about 125 bushels of oyster shells to Beaver Dam Creek.

    On Thursday, July 18, the group planted Spartina patens grass and added oyster shells to existing reefs along the shores of St. James.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 17

    Breaking and entering (auto), larceny of an iPhone 4S, iPad, ATM card and wallet from an auto, fraud on Laurinburg Street. Unknown suspects broke into vehicle and stole items.

    July 19

    Larceny of bed sheets and a laundry bag on East Second Street. Suspect removed listed property from residence.

  • Filings for municipal elections complete for all races

    The filing period for municipal elections has ended.

    Candidates were able to file for office from noon July 5 until noon last Friday, July 19.

    There were 15 mayoral seats and multiple board seats available in all of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. Seats were also available in the sanitary districts and on the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees.

    Candidates have filed for all vacant seats. Some of the most contested seats include those for Oak Island mayor, Sunset Beach Town Council and on two sanitary districts.

  • Coast Guard assists sinking vessel

    A crew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island provided assistance to a sinking vessel Friday, July 19.

    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Lane Munroe said the Sector North Carolina Command Center received a VHF radio mayday call from a vessel, the Designated Diver, about 10 a.m. Two people were on board the vessel when it began taking on water. The crew aboard the distressed boat also activated its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

  • Youth volunteers repair homes for Brunswick County residents

    Marian Downer’s mobile home was in need of repair. The floors in the three bedrooms were giving way, raccoons were coming through holes in the screened porch, and some areas needed a fresh coat of paint.

    At 87, Marian can’t do the work herself. Her two daughters, Diane Downer and Deborah Downer, live with her, but both are disabled. Diane is recovering from a knee replacement surgery. Deborah was injured in a car accident and has recently had health problems.

  • Gas station birds ruffle rescuer's feathers

    Cages of colorful, cackling tropical birds line one wall of the small checkout area and store at Barrett’s Service Station on Holden Beach Road.

    For the three years they’ve been breeding and selling assorted birds at the Shallotte station, they’ve had no problems, station owner John Barrett said.

    “Do they look like they’re in danger to you?” Barrett asked as the birds sounded off from cages and perches on display inside the station.