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  • Sunset Beach road closure scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach public works department staff will close a portion of Magnolia Drive between Park and Seaside roads at 9 a.m. Monday, March 27, for stormwater pipe repairs.

    The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. The repair is expected to take three days.

    Afterward, staff will replace stormwater pipe at Kirkwood Place and Magnolia Drive. The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. This repair is expected to take two days. 

  • Sunset Beach couple charged with selling drugs

    A Sunset Beach couple is accused of selling drugs from their home.

    Robert Austin Kelly, 45, and Niki Lee Stiltner, 43, of 807 Dogwood Drive were arrested Wednesday, March 22, and are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Pedestrian hit crossing U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    A car struck a Shallotte man while he was walking across U.S. 17 on Tuesday night, March 21.

    Daniel Lamont King, 25, is in critical condition as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    No other injuries were reported.

  • Brunswick County charges dropped against man accused in Whiteville stabbings

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    All Brunswick County charges against a man accused of stabbing two women, one fatally, in Whiteville last year have been dismissed.

    Investigators said 51-year-old James Edward McKamey of Whiteville stabbed 35-year-old Reshonta Love in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29 and 65-year-old Greer in the 900 block of Smyrna Drive minutes later.

    McKamey faces the death penalty if convicted.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Fire chief to appear in court on assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on March 31 to face misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges filed against him by a Wilmington man last month.

    Herzig is accused of assaulting and striking Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington, by pushing him, striking him in the face and back of the head and choking him from behind, a warrant reads.

  • Belville budget talks set sights on tax rate

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners increased the town tax rate to 9 cents last year. At a budget retreat Saturday, March 18, they called for cuts in expenses to avoid touching the tax rate again.

    The early estimate of the budget is $947,000. Town Administrator Athina Williams said staying at 9 cents per $100 of valuation would maintain ad valorem revenues at $156,600.

    Sales and use taxes are anticipated about $440,000.

    And the town anticipates receiving $145,000 in revenues from the ABC board.

  • Board supports NBHS athletes, Harrington Village detention pond

    LELAND — High school students don’t often make an appearance at Leland town board meetings, so when they do it usually means they have done something good.

    In the case of the North Brunswick High School boys’ track team, its members have done no wrong.

    NBHS track coach Gary Bishop brought almost the entire team to the town meeting March 16 to recognize their undefeated streak.

  • Navassa Superfund site project still testing for creosote impact

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency is still poking holes in the Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site in Navassa.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, updated Navassa residents on their progress at a March 14 meeting.

  • Symposium shows how businesses sustain themselves, employees

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College’s sixth annual sustainability symposium Friday, March 17, covered sustainability in business.

    For several of the speakers who discussed the subject, being sustainable meant more than just making the business profitable.

    The buzzword at the symposium was maintaining the “triple bottom line” by treating employees well and using environmentally friendly processes while also staying profitable.