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  • Investigators arrest two on larceny charges

    Two Little River, S.C., residents face larceny charges after detectives said they conspired to steal items from a Calabash gift store.

    Investigators arrested 21-year-old Kyle Hugh Kenon and 38-year-old Courtney Margaret Mittlestadt on Dec. 16.

    Kenon is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise, mostly jewelry, from Callahan’s of Calabash Nautical Gifts on Beach Drive, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Police seek man who robbed Dollar General

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of robbing Dollar General on Dec. 16.

    At 9:30 p.m., the man entered the store and “forcefully took money” from an employee, according to a news release from town spokeswoman Rachel Johnson.

    The robber, who is described as a 5-foot-8, 180-pound white man, lingered around the store briefly before taking an undisclosed amount of money. He is believed to have left in a silver Buick.

    No one was hurt during the robbery.

  • Beach consortium reorganizes board after Caswell Beach fund complaint

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Brunswick Beaches Consortium took the first steps to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town.

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith ran the Dec. 11 BBC meeting.

    “I feel this organization has been very beneficial to the communities of Brunswick County. Working together we accomplish more than working separately,” she said.

  • Belville makes zoning changes for potential H2GO water treatment plant

    BELVILLE — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO was denied a zoning change in Leland to build a water treatment plant, so it brought its proposal to Belville.

    At the December board meeting Monday night, Dec. 15, Belville commissioners approved a set of text amendments to provide for and regulate a reverse osmosis water facility in the town’s Industrial District.

    The board voted unanimously, 3-0. Commissioner Pat O’Bryant was not in attendance.

  • Ocean Isle officials endorse a change to oceanfront setback rules

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved a request to send to North Carolina’s Coastal Resources Commission to consider amending oceanfront setback rules for the town.

    The setback rules require a static line — the first line of stable, natural vegetation that exists before a renourishment project is used to mark where the setback begins, regardless of the location of the actual first line of vegetation after the nourishment project.

  • Brunswick board approves land sale to state for $300,000

    Brunswick County commissioners have approved the sale of 397.85 acres to the state for $300,000.

    The land is east of River Road SE (NC 133) near the entrance road to Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county was preparing to sell the property to the Nature Conservancy with funding from Pittman-Robertson Land Acquisition Grant.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate lowest in years at 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6 percent in October, beating the two-year low of 6.3 percent unemployment reached in April.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The county unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a point from September, the same rate as the state unemployment rate, which decreased from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent.

  • Shallotte man to serve at least 12 years for infant son’s death

     BOLIVIA — A Shallotte man who was convicted in September of killing his infant son is expected to serve at least 12 years in state prison.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced 20-year-old Randy Lee Richardson to an active sentence of 144 to 187 months in the N.C. Department of Correction on Monday, Dec. 15, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Trial begins in 2011 Longwood murder

     A Longwood man accused of second-degree murder in 2011 is on trial this week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Hakeen Ahmad Muhammad, also known as Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, is accused of shooting Sherman A. Daniels to death Oct. 2, 2011, at a Carlon Road home in Longwood.

    Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas is prosecuting the case.

  • District hosts career fair at county basketball game

     LELAND — Graduating seniors from North Brunswick High School didn’t want to miss the Scorpions’ last home game against county rival South Brunswick Monday, Dec. 15. While they showed up in large numbers, the students also had the opportunity to mull over possible job opportunities at Monday night’s basketball game.

    Brunswick County Schools hosted a mini-career fair inside the lobby and concessions area of North Brunswick’s Leland campus that night in an effort to encourage high school seniors to begin exploring job opportunities.