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  • UPDATE: Leland man facing felony charge arrested
  • Sunset Beach council grills firm on park materials, delay

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council had questions for representatives of the firm hired to design Sunset Beach Town Park at the monthly town board meeting Monday night.

    Jeff Thompson with Withers & Ravenel, the engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the park, blamed a contractor’s placement of materials in an outside area for triggering a land-disturbance notice from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and subsequent work halt on the park work site last month.

  • Name change suggested for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — What’s in a name?

    Maybe a lot, if you live or do business in the town of Carolina Shores.

    At a town board of commissioners’ meeting Sept. 4, former Mayor Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter suggested it might be time for the town and its residents to consider a name change.

    “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores,” Altreuter read during public comment time, citing the name posted on the board dais listing the six communities that compose the town.

  • County agrees to settle lawsuit against youth football league

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to settle a lawsuit filed by a Shallotte lawyer who alleged opposing coaches encouraged an illegal and unsafe hit on his son during a game in the fall of 2012.

    The judgment was agreed to by both Richard Hollar and the county and will go before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to be signed and approved. The settlement would award $22,000 to Hollar, the plantiff, and his son, Kasey, for legal fees.

  • School board members’ raise found unlawful, voided

     BOLIVIA — An attempt by the members of the Brunswick County Board of Education to increase their own pay has raised more questions than it has salaries.

    On Aug. 28, the board held a special called meeting to adopt its budget for the 2015 fiscal year, and one line item included a raise in the salaries for Board of Education members.

    Two weeks later, board attorney Rick Green determined that, based on statutory review, sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • District has disappointing test scores

     BOLIVIA — When the state released its 2013-14 test scores last week, Superintendent Edward Pruden described Brunswick County Schools’ results in one word: troubling.

    Pruden and other school officials released the information to the media Wednesday, Sept. 3, but the results were embargoed until the state made the data public the next day.

    While the number of schools in the district that exceeded the state’s growth status increased from three to five, the schools that didn’t meet growth status increased from six to 10.

  • Leland man indicted on sex crimes with children charges

     A Leland man arrested in July in Idaho has been indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury on several sex crimes, including indecent liberties with a child.

    Fernando “Flaco” Vargas-Julio was indicted by a grand jury in early August on charges of indecent liberties with a child, crimes against nature and first-degree sex offense with a child.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

     A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common-law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common-law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.

  • Community seeks ways to implement Project Lazarus

     BOLIVIA — Two months after Wilkes County native Fred Brason came to the region to talk about Project Lazarus, community leaders gathered in Bolivia two weeks ago to discuss the possibilities of implementing the program in Brunswick County.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Shallotte man dies in traffic accident

     A 19-year-old Shallotte man died in a traffic accident Wednesday, Sept. 3, after his vehicle struck a tree near N.C. 130.

    Austin Rowell was traveling east on Empire Road in Supply about 3.5 miles outside of Shallotte when he ran off the road in his 2001 Ford pickup, N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. E.C. Harris said.