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  • 'Worms and Coffee' proprietor Mike Richards dies

    He was a vivid presence who made a difference through his Bolivia store renowned for its “Worms and Coffee.”

    Mike Richards, longtime operator of Midway Trading Post at 3296 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) next to Midway Road, died June 21 at 70.

    “Nobody expected it,” Richards’ wife Carole said. “He was playing golf the day before he went to the hospital.”

    Richards had been in the hospital seven days before he died.

  • Sunset Beach reaches settlement with Palm Cove

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved a settlement agreement with owners of 10 lots in Palm Cove at the east end of the island.

    Approval came at council’s monthly meeting this past Monday night, June 29.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said highlights of the agreement are to allow a common, privately owned and maintained boardwalk stretching across all 10 lots. The boardwalk will not be on the dunes and will connect to three dune crossovers over the dunes themselves.

  • Heat demands have AC repairmen working overtime

    The summer heat has taken its toll on air conditioners and the people who repair them.

    With pre-Fourth of July temperatures soaring into the humid 90s this week, malfunctioning air conditioners have repair companies and technicians working ‘round the clock.

    “It’s crazy busy,” said Justin Fulford, sales manager with Fulford Heating & Cooling on Holden Beach Road.

  • Detectives seek Calabash vehicle break-in culprits

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office seeks the community's help in identifying those responsible for a series of vehicle break-ins in and around Calabash.

    Multiple items, including credit cards, were stolen from a vehicle in the Meadowlands neighborhood early the morning of June 11, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued June 30. The credit cards were used to make purchases at various businesses in South Carolina.

  • County sells old hospital property, deal closed Monday

     BOLIVIA — The sale of the old community hospital property has officially closed.

    After the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday, June 26, that placed the county in the final stages of the closing process, the county’s attorneys sealed the deal Monday, June 29, Assistant County Attorney Bryan Batton said.

    The closing includes a three-day revocation period before the county can officially receive the $750,000 from Centre Development Co., which purchased the hospital property.

  • County commissioners to establish economic development department

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions,

    As a result, the EDC will be a new county department led by County Manager Ann Hardy as the county begins its search for a new director of the department.

    Jim Bradshaw, the EDC’s executive director, announced he would retire and the EDC would become a contractor to Brunswick County by Oct. 1 at a commissioners’ meeting June 23.

  • Medical aid required after man flees into ocean in Holden Beach

     A man and his relative received medical treatment following an incident in Holden Beach on Saturday night when the man ran into the ocean.

    Sometime after dark June 27, Holden Beach police responded to a disturbance call near Ocean Boulevard.

    When they arrived, a man ran out the back door of a house.

    The officers started chasing the man, who led them to the beach and jumped into the water.

    Police contacted neighboring police departments, the Coast Guard and Coastline Rescue to conduct a search.

  • Phone scams reported in Brunswick County

     Another telephone scam, in which someone calls residents while posing as a government employee, is making its way through Brunswick County, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Basically someone is calling claiming to be from our office and stating that the person failed to appear for jury duty and if they don't pay via a pre-loaded money card (such as a Green Dot card) they will be arrested and jailed,” Flax wrote in a Friday, June 25, news release. “The number showing on caller ID is a 910-465 number.”

  • Checking stations nets 10 DWI charges, 49 citations

     A traffic checkpoint held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, resulted in more than 15 arrests and several citations as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed with neighboring counties to host Operation Firecracker.

    The checking station began at 11 p.m. just north of U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue in Shallotte. Brunswick County deputies teamed with deputies from the Columbus and New Hanover County sheriff’s offices and officers with the Shallotte Police Department to host the checking station.

  • Tornado touches down near Sandy Creek

     A tornado touched down near Sandy Creek late Saturday afternoon, according the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Reid Hawkins, an NWS meteorologist and science officer, said a small, EF-0 tornado touched down just east of Sandy Creek about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

    Hawkins said an EF-0 tornado has winds that reach a maximum of 70 mph, adding the twister caused some roof and fence damage, knocked down a tree and moved a tractor.