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  • Shallotte approves river dredging project

    Shallotte officials voted to approve spending $35,000 to dredge the Shallotte River at a town meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.

    The plan is to dredge from just north of the mouth of the Intracoastal Waterway at Inlet View to Holden’s Seafood.

    The cost for the dredging is $60,000, which the town will split with the state of North Carolina.

    Once approved, the town will send a check for $30,000 to the state, which will then send the full amount to the Army Corps of Engineers, Alderman Alan Lewis said.

  • Belville chooses three days in September to show off Riverwalk plan

    Belville will present its Brunswick Riverwalk idea to the public at three meetings in September.

    The Brunswick Riverwalk Citizens Advisory Board will host the meetings from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12 at Belville Elementary School.

    The citizens’ advisory board wants Belville residents, property owners and interested citizens from Brunswick and New Hanover County to participate and provide feedback for the town project on the Brunswick River.

  • Brunswick EMS adds iPads to ambulances

    Brunswick County Emergency Services’ ambulance crews are the second county department to add iPads in the office.

    While county administrators try to go paperless to cut down printing hundreds of pages of agendas, the ambulances are using them to get back on the road faster.

    Switching to filing reports on iPads cuts out the time that paperwork keeps an ambulance out of service between calls.

  • Volunteer policy revisions postponed by board

    To avoid losing a number of volunteer football coaches a week after practices, county commissioners have held off enacting new standards for Parks and Recreation volunteers.

    Following a lawsuit filed by Richard Hollar that, in part, claims volunteers with criminal records were allowed to coach recreation league football teams, the Parks and Recreation department revised its volunteer background check policy.

  • Commissioners accept grant for Waccamaw park, agree to begin final design work

    Parks and Recreation staff created a master plan for the first phase of construction of new facilities at Waccamaw Park, then applied for a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant totaling $500,000.

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which manages the PARTF grants, approved the full amount for the Waccamaw Park in May.

    Jim Pryor, Parks and Recreation director, told county commissioners at the Aug. 29 meeting the grant is a 50/50 match with the county.

  • Two more people arrested in Southport armed robberies

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested two more people in several armed robberies in Southport last month.

    No one was injured during the crimes, which happened between Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 in the Pineview Drive area, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said in a previous report.

  • NCDOT crews inspect 3 Brunswick County bridges

    Brunswick County motorists may experience traffic delays as crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation conduct routine inspections on three Intracoastal Waterway bridges starting Monday.

    The inspections will require weekday intermittent lane closures between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on N.C. 130 in Holden Beach, N.C. 904 in Ocean Isle Beach and N.C. 133 in Oak Island, through Sept 20, weather permitting.

    Motorists should plan for extra time crossing the bridges and use caution in the area, the NCDOT said in a news release.

  • Holiday season checkpoints net 13 DWI arrests

     A series of traffic checkpoints in Brunswick County netted 13 driving while impaired arrests the night of Friday, Aug. 30.

  • Brunswick County Superior Court holds drug court graduation

     Brunswick County Superior Court held its treatment courts graduation ceremony Thursday, Aug. 29, as graduates from drug court, mental health court and DWI court were honored before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Leland Police Detective Patrick McGowan urged each of the 13 graduates to “show people what you’re capable of.” He told them they didn’t have to go back where they came from and “they’d come too far to turn back now.”

  • Fish fry raises funds for foundation’s outreach

    More than $1,000 was raised in the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Fish Fry in Shallotte on Friday, Aug. 30.

    Monique Stenquist, chairwoman of the foundation, said 170 meals were sold during the lunchtime event on N.C. 130, in the parking lot behind First Community Bank.

    The total amount raised, minus expenses, came to $1,072, Stenquist said. The fish was caught and donated by anglers who participated in a recent fishing tournament by Sheriff John Ingram to raise money for his campaign, she said.