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  • Small Business committee switches officers, but not gears 2014

    Brunswick County’s Small Business Advisory Committee will shuffle organizers, but the same group will still promote ideas for improving the county’s business climate.

    New SBAC officers for 2014 were elected at the Dec. 10 meeting.

    The new chairman is Steve Candler, executive vice president and director of governmental affairs at Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Former chair, Shannon Viera, President/CEO of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will move into the vice chair.

  • Architect approved for BCC business incubator building

    Brunswick Community College’s business incubator expansion plan for the Leland campus has reached the design stage.

    The BCC board met at the Leland building to receive an update on the incubator Dec. 12.

    The new business project, which was announced in September, included renovating a 2,800 square foot existing space in the campus extension building and will add a new 2,100 square foot building to the campus.

  • Family enjoys putting on Christmas light show for others

    Billy and Reba Lefler, and their son Terry have lived at the corner of Brookhollow Drive SW and Bricklanding Road SW for 13 years.

    Their home is easy to spot, it’s the one with all the Christmas lights.

    For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see them, the family wants everyone to know they are welcome to stop by.

    “We want a lot of people who don’t know we are here to know they can come and drive through,” Billy said.

    The Leflers have about 2.5 acres in one block to spread out their light show.

  • Family enjoys putting on Christmas light show for others

    SHALLOTTE — Billy and Reba Lefler, and their son Terry have lived at the corner of Brookhollow Drive SW and Bricklanding Road SW for 13 years.

    Their home is easy to spot. It’s the one with all the Christmas lights.

    For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see them, the family wants everyone to know they are welcome to stop by.

    “We want a lot of people who don’t know we are here to know they can come and drive through,” Billy said.

    The Leflers have about 2.5 acres in one block to spread out their light show.

  • Sheriff’s office receives MRAP vehicle from Department of Defense

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office now has an armored vehicle, and it’s already been put to use.

    The 38,000-pound vehicle that responded to a New Hanover County sheriff’s detective shooting Oct. 11 was acquired through military surplus. It will serve as protection for the SWAT members during emergencies.

    The MRAP, or mine-resistant armored personnel carrier, will be used as a tool to protect officers in Brunswick and surrounding counties during shootings, standoffs, or natural disasters.

  • Ferry removed from sandbar, investigation ongoing

     Crews on Thursday morning, Dec. 19, pulled a beached ferry from a sandbar in the Southport Channel then moved it to Wilmington for inspection, a Coast Guard official said.

    The 64-foot pedestrian ferry called “The Adeventure” and owned by Bald Head Island Transportation slammed into a sandbar near Battery Island just after 9 a.m. Dec. 17.

    According to the Coast Guard, the ferry was outside the marked channel that runs between Deep Point Marina in Southport and Bald Head Island when it hit the sandbar.

  • Shallotte eyes plans for riverwalk

     SHALLOTTE — With key pieces of land in place, Shallotte will make plans for their use, including a riverwalk, at the beginning of 2014, Mayor Walt Eccard said.

    Shallotte has core parcels on each side of Main Street, and the town board must determine what to do with them, Eccard said.

    “These decisions will be completely up to the board,” he said. “But right now, we’re trying to see which short-term steps we can take to allow the citizens to see the potential use for this land.”

  • Shallotte man accused of stealing pickup from business

    A Shallotte man is accused of stealing a pickup from an Ocean Isle Beach business Dec. 14.

    Deputies arrested Christopher Edward Mullinax, 48, of Rounding Run Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Mullinax is accused of taking a Chevrolet pickup and is contents from Coastal Vinyl and Aluminum.

  • County streamlines public hearing schedule for planning items

    Commissioners will try to expedite planning matters by cutting out lag time between public hearings.

    At the Dec. 16 county board meeting, Mike Hargett, Director of Planning & Community Development, requested commissioners modify the procedure for scheduling public hearings of planning related items.

    Under the current procedure, planning related public hearings are read at a first meeting, then scheduled and conducted a month later.

  • Sales tax distribution method won’t change

    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to leave Brunswick County’s sales tax distribution method as is.

    North Carolina state statute allows county commissioners to chose to distribute sales taxes using per capita – by the population of the county and municipalities, or ad valorem – based on the tax levy methods.

    Since 1989, Brunswick County has based its seals tax distribution on town population.