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  • Brunswick County man gets back to California roots through trip to Tanzania

    A trip to Tanzania strengthened one man’s ties to his old home in California and his new one in Brunswick County.

    Jim Cochran and his family moved from Tracy, Calif., to Brunswick County in 2012.

    Cochran lived in Tracy from 1996-2011 and was a member of the Tracy Community Church.

    In 2008 and again in 2011, Cochran joined a dozen members of the church on missionary trips to Moshi in Tanzania, Africa.

  • Holden Beach board moves ahead with park plans

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach officials finalized a plan for a park the town intends to build under the water tower across from town hall.

    Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members met twice in March to come up with a park design they could fully endorse after several months of delays.

    The parks and recreation board recommended a plan with three phases of amenities for the park at a cost of $138,000.

    Parks and Recreation board chair Peggy Schiavone said figures were adjusted up in the cost estimate presented to the town board.

  • Civil War shell found on Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A piece of Civil War history washed up on Holden Beach.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne told town commissioners a resident with a metal detector came across an unusual find at the Boyd Street access.

    A shell—the metal, explosive kind—was found in the sand at low tide about halfway down the beach.

    Layne, who described himself as a bit of a military history buff, said he did some searching and determined it is a Parrott shell, named after a type of cannon used during the Civil War.

  • Leland’s old town hall site is county’s favorite option for future senior center

    If Brunswick Senior Resources and the town of Leland can agree Thursday, the corner of Village Road and Town Hall Drive will be the future home of the Leland Senior Center.

    Brunswick County commissioners voted unanimously Monday for the corner where Leland’s old town hall sits as the best location for a future senior center.

    BSRI executive director Jim Fish presented three potential spots for the senior center:

    •off Village Road at the old town hall site

  • Hardy not taking interim position for granted

    Brunswick County Commissioners set their sites on finance director Ann Hardy as interim county manager while they are between managers.

    But she’s not taking anything for granted, which could be the reason the board selected her.

    “The county attorney (Huey Marshall) advised they should not have an interim manager and a manager at the same time,” Hardy said.

    “At this point I’m special assistant to the county manager.”

  • Water-quality grant proposed for clearing Shallotte River

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County needs a grassroots organization to improve water conditions in the Shallotte River.

    Brunswick County planning director Leslie Bell told the planning board Monday it needs to start organizing to take advantage of river-clearing opportunities.

    Bell proposed the county work with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to apply for a Clean Water Act Section 319 grant, which can be used to restore impaired water resources.

  • County services offered in April go beyond free dump week

    Free Dump Week is almost here, but it’s not the only public service the county highlights in April.

    According to County Manager Marty Lawing, it is the most popular and longest running.

    “It’s popular whether it’s part of county government week or not,” Lawing said about the promotion that predates his hiring in 2001.

    Free disposal at the landfill is available from Monday, April 15, through Saturday, April 20.

  • Planning department adds expediter to ease permit frustration

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County planning board has created a concierge service to get customers through the permitting process.

    Planning director Leslie Bell introduced Kyna Bryant-Hardy, the point of contact for all future permit requests, to planning board members at Monday night’s meeting.

    Bryant-Hardy, who has worked as an office assistant III in the planning department since 2009, now acts as the plan review expediter—to assist clients interested in initiating property development activities.

  • Census splitting Brunswick from Wilmington an economic concern

    BOLIVIA—Officials are concerned re-categorizing Brunswick County census statistics will have a negative effect on the local economy.

    The federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) identifies Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), core areas containing a substantial population nucleus, together with adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration with that core, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Wreck claims one life, injures two children

    A single-vehicle wreck Monday left a Columbus County man dead and his two children injured.

    Ricky Banks Watts, 54, of Delco, was killed when the Chevrolet pick-up truck he was driving overturned on U.S. 74.

    According to 1st Sgt. Troy Pope of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at 3:59 p.m on April 8.

    Pope said the truck driven by Watts was headed west on U.S. 74. The wreck occurred about 5.7 miles west of Leland and 1.3 miles west of Lanvale Road. The vehicle was traveling through Brunswick County toward Columbus County.