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  • 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.

  • Butler to participate in GenX session as lawsuit against Chemours looms

    State Rep. Deb Butler, D-Wilmington, who represents northern Brunswick County, and Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue, D-Raleigh, will discuss the state response to GenX pollution and environmental issues at a May 17 town hall hosted by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) in Wilmington.

    The event is open to the public from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hannah Block Center, 120 S. Second St., Wilmington.

    Karyn Bruggeman with SiX said the legislators will also discuss education, health care and the economy and the public will be able to ask questions about the issues.

  • Man accused of robbing woman in Brunswick County

    A Wilmington man is accused of robbing a woman in Brunswick County.

    Brandon Lee Williams, 21, of South 12th Street was arrested May 9 and charged with common law robbery, misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Williams grabbing a woman’s shirt, pushing her and taking $245 from her May 9. He also had digital scales and a used needle when he was arrested.

    Williams remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.

  • Skaggs named high school principal of the year

    BOLIVIA — When she was first told she should go into education, Cheri Skaggs had one response: “No.”

    Last week, the Brunswick County Early College High School principal’s work was affirmed when she was named the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities 2018 High School Principal of the Year.