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  • Brunswick County deputies assist in Wilmington drug arrests

     Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies assisted two other law enforcement agencies in a search that resulted in the arrests of two Wilmington men accused of trafficking drugs.

    The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and Wilmington police, along with Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies, arrested Daquah Lamar Drakeford and Deandre Lavon Wilder after searching a home on the 1200 block of North Fourth Street on Monday, April 20, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said.

  • Investigators seek couple in jewelry theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a couple believed to have stolen jewelry from a Calabash gift shop Sunday.

    Employees of Callahan’s Nautical Gifts at 7212 Beach Drive said a white man and white woman came in about 4 p.m., stole the items and left in a white, four-door, Ford F-150 pickup with tinted windows. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective April Cherry at 880-4929.

  • County keeps pay-as-you-go for parks, but will review priorities

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed it won’t add more debt to the county budget to finance park projects, but will review the priority list once more before continuing the pay-as-you-go policy in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    County staff reviewed the pay-as-you-go policy — only using money available from the fund balance for capital projects — after Commissioner Randy Thompson asked to consider alternatives during an April 9 budget workshop.

  • County seeks limit to liability if beach communities post lifeguards

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed to seek legislative help to ensure coastal communities aren’t at risk if they choose to put lifeguards on their beaches.

    At their Monday, April 20, meeting, commissioners voted to send a resolution to the General Assembly asking to enact legislation to provide immunity or limit liability for municipalities or counties that provide lifeguard services.

  • Apple Inc. joins land conservation near Green Swamp

    A conservation effort led in part by Apple Inc. will conserve several hundred acres in Brunswick County while also providing timber to use for the company’s packaging.

    The Conservation Fund, which works to promote environmental and economic success, announced April 16 in purchased more than 3,600 acres in Brunswick County and more than 30,000 acres in Maine in partnership with Apple.

  • Multifamily housing can continue on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — A citizen-initiated proposal for a text amendment to eliminate multifamily housing in the island’s commercial district won’t be recommended by the town planning board.

    But at its April 16 meeting, the board instructed town planner Rawls Howard to work on tweaking measures to grandfather existing condos in the beach business (BB1) district and come up with provisions to control multifamily development.

  • Calabash OKs corral consideration for horses

    CALABASH — Horses could soon become the newest residents of the Seafood Capital.

    Town commissioners have agreed to consider an ordinance change at their next monthly meeting after a property owner requested it.

    Edward Peterson, speaking during public comment at the April 14 board meeting, outlined his plans to retire to a 20-acre site he owns on Persimmon Road and bring his Arabian horses with him.

    Peterson said he has spent 40 years competing professionally with the strain of Egyptian Arabian horses he breeds and now plans to move to Calabash.

  • BCC Foundation raises more than $25K at community breakfast

     The Brunswick Community College Foundation held its annual community breakfast Wednesday, April 15, inside the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus.

    The breakfast featured guest speaker Celia Rivenbark, a renowned columnist and humorist.

    BCC’s director of resource development Elina DiCostanzo called the event “an overall huge success.”

    Two hundred sixty-five community members attended the event, which raised $25,460.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Road re-opening delayed

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Motorists in and around Ocean Isle Beach will have to wait a little longer than anticipated before they can include Ocean Isle Beach Road in their travel plans.

    While Ocean Isle Beach Road, also known as Four Mile Road, was originally scheduled to close from March 18 through Thursday, April 16, bad weather forced the North Carolina Department of Transportation to issue another notice last week, informing the public that the road would be closed through Thursday, April 30.

  • Consortium seeks ways to protect coastal communities

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — During the week of July 4 in 2013, four people drowned while swimming in the waters of Brunswick County beaches.

    Coastal community leaders want to make sure towns are protected in the future.