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  • County creates voice for small business with new commission

    BOLIVIA—Commissioner Frank Williams campaigned for a more business-friendly Brunswick County and put that promise into practice by creating a small business advisory commission.

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we created this commission to ensure that Brunswick County’s small business community has a strong voice,” Williams said.

    Williams drafted the proposal to create the commission for Brunswick County’s business community to provide feedback to county leaders to streamline permits and regulations.

  • UPDATED: "My name is my brand, just like Coca-Cola"

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury has found media strategist Edward Lee Rapp guilty of libel against a local judge.

    Now he has to pay $105,000 to Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    The 12-member jury’s verdict came at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the third day of testimony, after an hour-and-a-half of deliberation.

    The jury awarded $5,000 in presumed damages and $100,000 in punitive damages in connection with Rapp’s Facebook and blog postings on Carolina Talk Network about Lewis from April 2010.

  • New revenues for transportation costs on Rep. Iler’s mind

    A new legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly begins in Raleigh on Jan. 30.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, Rep. Frank Iler and Rep. Susi Hamilton will represent Brunswick Countians during the session.

    Rep. Frank Iler serves District 17, which covers most of Brunswick County. The district was redrawn in 2012. A section of northern Brunswick County including Leland, Northwest and Navassa, is now part of Hamilton’s District 18, which also covers New Hanover County.

  • Town speeds design schedule for new arts building

    LELAND—Leland is moving forward with plans for its Leland Cultural Arts Center.

    In 2010, the town bought an unfinished 18,000-square-foot building off U.S. 17 on 1212 Magnolia Village Way. It’s behind P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille near the Magnolia Greens development.

    In 2011, town officials decided it should house an arts hub with a stage/auditorium for public events and rooms for woodworking, pottery and painting/visual arts classrooms as well as a catering kitchen, a gallery and administrative offices.

  • Dare to Care for Children finding new ways to fundraise

    Leland officials got a chance this Christmas to play Santa’s little helper to a real St. Nick.

    Or St. Skip to be precise.

    Skip Wittkofsky, owner of Skip’s Truck Tire Service in Leland, has been Chris Kringle, the Easter Bunny and Superman to a New Hanover pediatric hospital for more than a decade. 

    During the holiday Wittkofsky had Leland Police Chief Mike James, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and councilwoman Martha Currie help deliver bags full of toys to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic.

  • Business owners say no to changes in sign ordinance

    LELAND—Some Leland business owners don’t like the town’s plan to change its sign ordinance.

    At last Thursday night’s monthly town meeting, officials opened a public hearing for responses about ordinance. The issue was not up for a vote.

    Town planning director Robert Waring explained the new ordinance, if approved, requires all non-conforming wall and ground signs to be brought into compliance with town ordinances within five years or be removed.

  • Judge 'humiliated' by erroneous blog postings

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said media strategist Edward Lee Rapp’s untrue blog postings about her nearly three years ago affected her personally.

    “I was embarrassed by them,” Lewis said, testifying Wednesday in her juried libel trial against Rapp. “I could not sleep.”

    She asked her administrative office for time off because “I had difficulty concentrating,” she said. “I was humiliated by it.”

  • Historian shares life of Martin Luther King Jr. at BCC event


    How can you understand the life of Martin Luther King Jr. if you don’t understand the historical time period in which he was raised?

    That is the question addressed by Ashley Barnhill, history instructor, during a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday, Jan. 17.

    “I have no clue except history because I didn’t grow up in a segregated place,” Barnhill said. “How can you understand King if you don’t know the history of that time?”

  • County joins together to say goodbye to detective

    Brunswick County stood still Saturday as the life of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Detective Kyle Jones was honored by family, friends and law enforcement.

    Jones died unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 14, at his Oak Island home.

    Throughout the county flags were at half-staff, and law enforcement badges were shrouded as tears filled hundreds of eyes.

  • Sunset Beach: Streetscape work delayed

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing has delayed a proposed schedule for streetscape improvements for the Sunset Beach island.
    At their monthly meeting Jan. 7, town council members considered a request for proposals (RFP) for streetscape designs.
    Proposed landscape design work by local golf course architect Tim Cate entails landscaping and parking areas, the sidewalk and a bike path, with “hardscape” work by Michael Norton.
    Specifications for construction have also been completed and are part of the RFPs.