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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach to revise proposal to control council communication

    SUNSET BEACH — After lengthy debate over a proposal requiring town council members to secure permission before speaking to other officials or the media, a majority of council agreed to have Mayor Greg Weiss come up with a revision.

    The 3-1 vote came at council’s bimonthly meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, after town council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato objected to councilman John Corbett’s proposed “communications policy amendment.” Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton was absent.

  • Nov. 6 ballot stuffed with constitutional amendments

    Six proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution will be put to voters on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

    The amendments address hunting and fishing rights; victim rights and protections; determining a maximum allowable income tax rate; requiring photo identification to vote; judicial vacancy appointments; and adjusting the size of the bipartisan state Board of Ethics and Elections.

  • Calabash readies for Warrior Ride, Town Hall Day on Oct. 19

    CALABASH — The town is gearing up for the Warrior Ride that will be coming through Calabash this Friday, Oct. 19, as well as Town Hall Day that takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.

  • County to pay for gated community storm debris pickup

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously agreed Oct. 15 to cover the cost to pick up vegetative and construction and demolition debris in gated communities, with a few stipulations.

    Stephanie Lewis, the county’s director of operation services, said there are 26 gated communities in Brunswick County. Staff estimated there are 27,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 1,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris combined in those communities.

  • Sunset Beach moves closer to dredging launch

    SUNSET BEACH — Following questions and debate, Town Council approved at a special meeting Tuesday new dredging cost figures and dredging South Jinks Creek.

    Prior to the vote consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol repeatedly said dredging South Jinks Creek would have a negligible effect on additional water outflow velocity, less than 3 percent.

    He said the goal is restore the channel to its original condition or less than what it was.

  • Leland commissioners look to state, federal agencies for a flooding study

    LELAND — Council members debated Oct. 15 whether the town needed to pay for a study to understand flooding that occurred as a result of Hurricane Florence, based on damage in Stoney Creek Plantation.

    Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman asked if there was a way to answer the charge that excessive development is causing the area to flood. “Do we have to do a study?” she asked.

    Town Manager David Hollis said flooding is a very difficult issue to study, especially when the ground acts like an impervious surface when it is flooded.

  • Brunswick County Schools announce employees of the year

    Brunswick County Schools announced their employees of the year.

    Dr. Rick Hessman of Bolivia Elementary School is principal of the year, and Claire Herrington, a third-grade science teacher at Southport Elementary School, is teacher of the year.

    Rookie of the year went to Natalie Gavitt, who’s an Exceptional Children teacher at Shallotte Middle School, and nurse Melissa Pittman at Cedar Grove Middle School was named instructional support staff of the year.

  • Greene County women give back to Bolivia Elementary School

    On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit the mostly empty Greene County Middle School in Snow Hill, leaving significant damage in its wake. Some classrooms looked as normal as they had before the tornado, Snow Hill resident Jessica Byrd said, while the others were rubble.

    “Greene County is a small county, it’s a rural county, and a lot of times we get overlooked,” she said.

    But in this instance, many people came together to bring relief. It’s something Byrd said she’s never forgotten.

  • NCDOT closes Oak Island’s G.V. Barbee Bridge for six months

    The G.V. Barbee Bridge on N.C. 133 (Long Beach Road SE) over the Intracoastal Waterway is closed for six months, effective at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the closure is needed to allow a contractor to safely do extensive preservation work and repairs to the bridge.

  • Club Profile - Leland Area Rotary Club

    Information: lelandarearotary.com, twitter.com/lelandrotary, https://www.facebook.com/lelandarearotary

    Meetings: The Leland Area Rotary Club meets 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., every Thursday at the Brunswick Center at Leland, 121 Town Hall Dr.

    Leland Area Rotary Club 2018-2019 Officers

    President: David Sink

    President-elect: Mike Kebelbeck

    Vice President: Neil Firth

    Secretary: Rich Marulli

    Treasurer: Maureen Garofano

    Sergeant at Arms: Bill Myatt

    Immediate Past President: Curtis Wollitz