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  • Volunteers team up to learn what’s ‘B.E.S.T. For Kids’

    BOLIVIA— A group of 126 people moved as one as they copied the movements of the woman at the front of the room at Brunswick Community College on Jan. 10.

    Only this wasn’t an exercise class at Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. It was a training session for B.E.S.T. (Brunswick Early Success Team) For Kids, an initiative set to launch at the end of this month in elementary schools across the public school district.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks stolen truck

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teal 2002 Ford F350 XLF Power Stroke diesel truck stolen sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 in the 8100 block of River Road, Southport.

    According to a Facebook post, the tailgate of the truck has a unique pinstripe design that can also be found on the dashboard of the truck.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandon Fuller at 398-5335.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man faces felony marijuana charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Ocean Isle Beach man on felony marijuana charges.

    Samuel Chad Hodges, 23, of Earl Street was arrested Dec. 29 and charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

    Warrants show Hodges had 21 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag in a green 1994 Honda Civic on Dec. 22.

    Hodges remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $125,000 bail.

  • Agents arrest two Supply men on drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested two Supply men on a variety of drug charges.

    Charles Junior Simmons, 59, and Jaquan Tirece Hankins, 19, were arrested Friday, Jan. 12.

    Simmons is charged with maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, trafficking opium, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • School board OKs amended schedule for snow days

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education approved changing Tuesday, Jan. 23, from a required teacher workday to a regular school day for students to make up a snow day.

    The last day of the semester also will be extended by two days to make up the remaining snow days. It will now be Jan. 25, as requested by Superintendent Les Tubb and approved by the board during its regular meeting Jan. 9.

  • Car crashes into Leland restaurant

    No one suffered major injuries after a vehicle crashed into a Leland restaurant Jan. 9.

    The silver Chevy Cruze plowed into the front of Bessie Burger at 1120 E. Cutlar Crossing in Brunswick Forest about 1:45 p.m.

    No one inside the restaurant was injured and the two people in the car were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for a medical evaluation, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    The driver of the car, who was not named, is a man in his 80s, Humphries said.

  • Former county schools leader McAdams dies

    Former Brunswick County Schools and New Hanover County Schools employee James Everett “Mac” McAdams died of cancer Tuesday, Jan. 9, at age 68.

  • OIB’s roundabout in eye of new development

    The intersection of Ocean Isle Beach Road SW (SR 1184), Causeway Drive (NC 904) and Beach Drive SW (NC 179) will be a hub of development activity in 2018.

    The new owner of Ocean Isle Palms a mile north on Ocean Isle Beach Road has taken the first step toward developing the neighborhood.

    The shell of the Publix grocery store in the Ocean Isle Beach Marketplace just east of the intersection on Beach Drive has been raised.

  • House, Senate at odds over GenX testing bill

    An effort to move forward with testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants stalled in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    GenX and three perfluorinated compounds were identified in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University.

    But instead of blocking House Bill 189 — Short Term Response to Emerging Contaminants Bill along party lines, the House supported the measure while the Senate held off on taking action.

  • Leland to host public meeting on parks and rec plan

    Talking about the need for a recreation building in Leland in 2017 has led town officials to re-evaluate its Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan in 2018.

    The parks and recreation department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Leland Town Hall seeking public input for the PROS Master Plan update.

    The plan, created in 2008 and revised in 2014, has become obsolete because od the town’s rapid growth, operation services director Niel Brooks, said.