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  • Annual Relay for Life another race to beat cancer

    Relay for Life, an eight-hour race to beat cancer, unfolds once again Friday night with a variety of events around the track at West Brunswick High School at 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Events kick off at 4 p.m. with this year’s 1950s rock-n-roll-themed event, “Relay Around the Clock.”

    This year’s fundraising goal is $172,000. At last count, the amount raised was $106,856.12 among 247 participants, including 38 teams.

  • Volunteers shell out time for oyster reef-building project

    SUNSET BEACH — It was an oyster shell assembly line as about 50 volunteers turned out to help with a reef-building project last week.

    Orchestrated by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, gloved and willing volunteers gathered at the Sunset Beach Fire Station on Shoreline Drive West on April 25 to bag shells that are targeted for use as a future oyster reef in waters off from Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N.

  • SHIIP saves Medicare beneficiaries money

    Each year, thousands of people contact the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) throughout the state to help them identify savings in their Medicare coverage.

  • OIB airport receives $1.2M grant

    The North Carolina Board of Transportation approved state and federal funding for 10 airports, including Odell Williamson Municipal Airport, for a total investment of $12.2 million.

    The airport in Ocean Isle Beach received $1,202,000 for land acquisition, including rights-of-way and utilities, and preliminary engineering on an expanded runway protection zone.

  • H2GO board rethinks regional lift station

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members sought to pump the brakes on a pump station engineering contract approved in March.

    H2GO commissioners unanimously agreed March 20 to a $246,000 engineering services agreement with the Wooten Co. contractors to survey, design and bid a regional lift station project on Hewett Burton Road.

    Board chairman Jeff Gerken said at the April 17 H2GO meeting he subsequently heard from Leland Town Manager David Hollis that the town had committed to build a lift station that would serve new developments in the same area.

  • Leland adds animal control rules to ordinances

    LELAND — Town council members voted to add animal control laws to town ordinances at the April 19 meeting to prohibit the abuse of animals and detail acceptable animal restraints.

    The town didn’t previously have an ordinance specifically addressing animal control, just sections of the town code for dogs running at large in town and the procedure for designating a dog as dangerous, Town Manager David Hollis said during a review of the changes.

  • County candidate seeks spot on November ballot

    The early voting period is Marilyn Priddy’s last chance to become an official candidate for the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 2 seat.

    Priddy is seeking signatures to get on Nov. 3’s general election ballot as an unaffiliated candidate for the seat held by Republican Marty Cooke, who is running uncontested.

    Brunswick County Board of Elections director Sara Knotts said Tuesday she has been in contact with Priddy and provided her with the state-approved petition to attempt to be added to the ballot.

  • Red Hare opens brewery and taproom in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — The opening of 34° North Experiment Station at 4802 Main St. on Saturday brought Red Hare Brewing Co. to Shallotte directly from Marietta, Ga.

    “The reason we call it 34° North (is because) the city of Marietta and the city of Shallotte are on the same 34 degree latitude,” said Chris Green, Red Hare vice president and general manager.

  • FEMA flood maps approval process under way

    Brunswick County and 18 of its municipalities are working on approving Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps and associated ordinance changes.

    FEMA first made Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps available in August 2014.

    The maps show special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones that provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates.

    Public hearings for the rate maps were held in Brunswick County in 2015.

  • Insurance commissioner OKs rate increases

    Brunswick County home insurance customers will see rates increase in 2018 after the North Carolina Department of Insurance announced a settlement with the North Carolina Rate Bureau.

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said negotiations that began after he rejected the bureau’s proposed statewide 18.7 percent homeowners’ insurance rate increase ended with an agreement for an average 4.8 percent increase statewide.