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  • OIB begins eminent domain action for Causeway Drive property

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach town board voted to take a property by eminent domain to be used for a park.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said during the Feb. 11 town board meeting the town has pursued two parcels between Causeway Drive and the Museum of Coastal Carolina for open space and park property.

    Smith said the property at Causeway Drive and East Second Street is owned by Bank of America and town officials have been negotiating with the bank to purchase the land.

    “We thought we had a purchase agreement,” Smith said.

  • Plans under way for veterans memorial in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Plans are under way for a new veterans memorial in Sunset Beach.

    The Committee to Honor America’s Veterans consists of Brunswick County residents tasked with locating a veterans memorial somewhere in the region.

    Plans now call for the memorial to be located in the new Sunset Beach Town Park “one brick at a time,” according to members.

  • Seafood, Oktoberfest events pursued for Calabash

    CALABASH — What better place to have a seafood festival than in the Seafood Capital?

    That’s the way Dominique Wolfe sees it.

    Wolfe, a newly appointed member of the town’s community service committee, was given the go-ahead by the town board of commissioners last week to research the possibilities of bringing a seafood festival to Calabash.

    “Our committee will take on everything,” said Wolfe, speaking at the board’s Feb. 13 meeting, which was rescheduled from Feb. 11 because of last week’s icy weather.

  • N.C. 904 West closed for pipe replacement

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed a section of the west side of N.C. 904 near U.S. 17 for pipe replacement work.

    Crews with Steve Simmons Construction are replacing pipe under the highway, also known as Longwood Road. The road is scheduled to reopen March 3, weather permitting.

    Motorists should use U.S. 17, Green Bay Road and Old Shallotte Road during the closure.

  • Firefighters save man from burning house

     Emergency crews rescued a man who passed out on his kitchen floor in Oak Island during a house fire Friday, Feb. 14.

    Responders from the Oak Island and St. James fire departments, as well as Yaupon Beach volunteers, found a man lying face down in the 112 NE 51st St. residence just before midnight.

    Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen. The house is not a total loss, Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said.

  • Mad Inlet petition in question

    SUNSET BEACH — Town officials say there is no record of a petition sent to a state agency nearly a decade ago supporting lifting an inlet hazard designation for Mad Inlet.

    Their comments came at the start of Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual retreat Tuesday, when council also voted to send another letter about the matter to the Coastal Resources Commission prior to its upcoming meeting Feb. 26 in Nag’s Head.

  • Ice storm causes damage, power outages in Brunswick County

     Two weeks after Brunswick County recovered from after an ice storm, another one struck, bringing even more destruction.

    More than a quarter-inch of ice fell over Brunswick County last Tuesday and Wednesday, which caused lengthy power outages, forced school and business closings, and several automobile accidents.

    Inland areas of the county such as Leland experienced significantly more damage than the coastal areas this time, said Dave Loewenthal, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

  • School custodian accused of sex-related crimes

     A West Brunswick High School custodian is accused of sex-related crimes involving a student.

    Valentine Rivera, 42, was arrested Monday, Feb. 17, and charged with sexual battery, sexual activity with a student by school personnel and disseminating obscenity, which is a felony, according to the arrest warrants.

    Rivera is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.

    Rivera gave a nude photograph of himself to an 18-year-old student on school grounds on Feb. 3, the warrants allege.

  • Knighthood visits OIB for annual meeting

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — On Valentine’s weekend this year at the Ocean Isle Inn, you wouldn’t have to travel far to find a knight in shining armor.

    The Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux (KOFL), a nonprofit group with chapters in eight states and the District of Columbia, recreates in the lives of its members an Order of Knights dedicated to the code of chivalry, holding each other to a standard of character as befitting a modern tribute to the invaluable contribution of Knighthood to culture and society.

  • Vidal supporters propose officer training bill

     The family and friends of Keith Vidal, the schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen who was shot and killed in his home by a Southport police detective Jan. 5, are seeking legislation designed to protect the mentally ill in encounters with law enforcement officers.

    Vidal’s family and friends have submitted a proposal called Keith’s Law to state Rep. Frank Iler. The law would add mandatory 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to Basic Law Enforcement Training.