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  • Big Earl freed from Holden Beach shoreline

    HOLDEN BEACH — A week after washing ashore, Big Earl made its way back out to sea last Thursday.

    Capt. Virgil Coleman was shrimping from the boat May 10 when winds blew a net into the boat’s propeller and got stuck, causing the boat to drift into the sand.

    Michael Staley of Browns Summit, a Holden Beach homeowner who was among those trying to free the boat, shared Big Earl updates on The Friends of Holden Beach Facebook group May 17, when the boat made it offshore about 11 a.m.

  • Leland takes next step toward development partnership

    Leland officials took legal steps May 17 to prepare to pursue a public-private partnership with Brunswick Forest to start a new phase of development.

    Town council members agreed at their Feb. 15 meeting to accept a petition to establish a Brunswick Forest Special Assessment District (BFSAD) to help Jeff Earp’s Funston Land & Timber LLC, developer of Brunswick Forest, build the infrastructure for new homes and businesses sooner than later.

  • Elections board finalizes primary vote

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections finalized the results of the May 8 primary election May 18.

    Knotts said no outcomes changed after including the remaining votes.

    The board approved nine supplemental absentee ballots during a pre-canvass meeting in the elections board office that were either received on Election Day or were postmarked by Election Day and received by the end of the week, May 11.

    Board members also considered 73 provisional ballots and approved 45 of those ballots, which were added to the final results.

  • GenX, water contaminant testing bills filed

    Competing bills that address GenX and other emerging contaminants in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, and other sources of drinking water were submitted May 17 during the second day of the General Assembly’s short session.

    Rep. Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, who represents northern Brunswick County, filed House Bill 968 with fellow Democrats Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, William Richardson and Elmer Floyd of Fayetteville spoke about the bill during a May 17 town meeting in Wilmington.

  • Brunswick County budget proposes no tax increase, public hearing June 18

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy presented the 2018-19 budget proposal to county commissioners Monday night showing an operating budget of $242,689,100 with no increase in the tax rate.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a fourth year.

    The county tax on a home valued at $250,000 would be $1,212.50 and the county tax on a vehicle with a value of $25,000 would be $121.25.

  • Bird Island, Navassa preserved in ‘Saving Great Places’

    Bird Island and Navassa are two Brunswick County locales featured in a new book about successful efforts of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to save the environment.

    “Saving Great Places,” by University of Virginia’s College at Wise professor emeritus of history Glenn Blackburn, focuses on five sites on the N.C. coast in which the federation partnered with local citizens to fight a development project.

  • Carolina Shores gets recreational with new parks commission

    CAROLINA SHORES — For the past two decades since incorporating, the town has faced and strived to resolve serious issues like stormwater, street paving and tree removal.

    Now, town leaders believe it’s time to have a little fun.

    A reflection of that is the town’s newly formed parks commission, which convened at town hall last week for participants’ first official meeting.

  • Carolina Shores public hearing set for June 7

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning amendment map June 7 at 2 p.m. at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The purpose of hearing is to receive comments on Title IX: Planning and Regulation of Development, Chapter 91 Unified Development, Section 91.09 that the official zoning map shall be amended as follows:

  • Belville plans for small budget surplus

    BELVILLE — Belville officials continued budget talks that began March 17 at their May 14 meeting by discussing what to do with about $50,000 in extra revenue.

    Kemmy Goodson, the town’s financial consultant, presented revised revenue and expenditure numbers for the 2018-19 fiscal year budget, estimating $1,028,700 in revenues and $975,806 in expenditures.

    Commissioners Donna Schardien, Noreen Slattery and Joe Breault voted unanimously at the March budget meeting to hold Belville’s tax rate to 9 cents.

  • Elections board to finalize primary vote tally Friday

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will meet Friday, May 18, to finalize the results of the May 8 primary election.

    Elections board director Sara Knotts said the board members will have a pre-canvass meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the elections board office, Building H, 75 Stamp Act Drive NE in Bolivia, to consider 73 provisional ballots and add supplemental absentee ballots.

    The regular canvass meeting will follow at 11 a.m. to finalize the election numbers.

    The primary election saw just 10.10 percent of Brunswick County voters turn out.