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  • Sunset Beach seeks relief from 'unsightly' bridge fence

    SUNSET BEACH—Don’t fence me in.

    That might be the latest theme song in Sunset Beach, where town council is seeking to remove what it deems an unsightly chain-link fence from underneath the Mannon C. Gore high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    Friday, NCDOT division engineer Karen Fussell didn’t make any promises, but told council members she’ll research the matter to see what, if anything, can be done.

  • UPDATE: Missing teens found

    Missing teens Christian Smith and Kayla Ray have been located and are with their families, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office press release issued Saturday night.

    Kayla Elizabeth Ray and Christien Aurianna Smith were reported missing Friday. They were believed to have gotten into a vehicle and left South Brunswick Middle School at about 7:45 a.m. Friday. No description of the vehicle or driver were available at press time.

  • Brunswick County Summer Concerts & Movies launch for season

    Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Leland proposes $1 inspection fees to attract growth

    Leland’s financial plan for 2013-14 is willing to risk the status quo to draw in business and developers.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the budget message to commissioners May 16, announcing town officials plan to reduce building permit fees “dramatically” to just $1.

    “We can use building inspection service as (public relations) for the town and invite builders into the town,” Hollis said. “Building permits would be essentially free.”

  • County board skips manager search, selects Hardy

    Brunswick County commissioners called off their search for a new county manager Monday night.

    Two weeks was all they needed to decide Ann Hardy is all they need.

    Board members had just elevated the finance director to interim manager at the May 6 county meeting, after Hardy had served a month-and-a-half as special assistant to former county manager Marty Lawing to get up to speed on county needs before he left to be Guilford County’s manager.

  • Drowning victim’s body recovered; town considering warning sign

    A drowning death in the Lockwood Folly Inlet may lead to Holden Beach erecting a warning sign on the beach where the accident occurred.

    The body of the Ohio man who drowned while visiting Holden Beach was recovered early Sunday morning, May 19.

    Kwesi Sample, 21, a member of the Xenos Christian Fellowship of Columbus, Ohio, a group that has visited Holden Beach for several years, drowned May 14 while attempting to swim the Lockwood Folly Inlet from Holden Beach to Oak Island.

  • Commissioners to give county employees pay raises

    Commissioners chose a method to reclassify county jobs and institute pay increases, but the process won’t be finalized until the new fiscal year.

    The county hired Evergreen Solutions in July 2012 to review compensation, job classifications, performance evaluations and benefits for all county employees.

    The county received Evergreen’s initial recommendations in January and spent the past five months tailoring the plan.

  • More arrests in BSL prostitution case include officer, volunteer firefighter

    A prostitution investigation in Boiling Spring Lakes has lead to charges against a police officer and volunteer firefighter.

    In early May, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said his department began a complex investigation involving advertisements for prostitution on the Internet via different social medial websites.

    That lead to Kyle Bradley Wolf, 20, 1911 Robin Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, and Shawn Christopher Conley, 20, North Twin Lakes Drive, Southport, each being charged with two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor.

  • Brunswick 2013-14 budget presented Monday night

    County Manager Ann Hardy summed up the 2013-14 budget proposal with the message: NO PROPERTY TAX RATE INCREASE.

    It was included on a PowerPoint slide that filled the screen behind county commissioners, summarizing the budget with $201.8 million, $0.4425 cents, 95.04 percent collection rate, 1 cent=$2,351,329.

    “Can I use that as a screensaver?” Commissioner Marty Cooke asked after Hardy put up the summary page.

  • Smart Start celebrates 20th anniversary with barbecue

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Smart Start of Brunswick County hosted a barbecue Thursday at its office on Sellers Street in Shallotte to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Smart Start.

    The staff served barbecue and sides and organized games for children.

    According to Smart Start of Brunswick County executive director Linda Gironda, the staff had wanted to host a community event.