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  • Public hearing on Holden Beach terminal groin set for Sept. 24

    Holden Beach is one step closer to building a terminal groin after the Army Corps of Engineers released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project.

    The corps will receive comments on the DEIS, which was published Friday, Aug. 28, for 45 days. The end of the comment period is Oct. 13.

    The corps has scheduled a hearing to receive public comments at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St.

  • Representatives discuss rail plan in northern Brunswick County

    Wilmington is seeking support from northern Brunswick County communities for its plans to relocate a CSXT railroad line.

    Wilmington city councilwoman Laura Padgett met with Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman, mayor pro tem Pat Batleman, Town Administrator David Hollis and other town staff, Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis and Belville town commissioner Pat O’Bryant on Thursday, Aug. 27, to explain the plans.

  • Health care providers prepare for flu season

    Health care providers have begun rolling out their flu vaccination programs before the official arrival of fall.

    Susan Stanley, a registered nurse for the Brunswick County Health Services Department, spoke with members of the Belville town board Aug. 24 about Belville’s flu clinic scheduled for October.

    The health department will offer three types of flu vaccine: a regular seasonal flu shot, a seasonal flu mist and a high dose flu vaccine for people 65 and older.

  • Belville park puts town in wedding business

    Taking over Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park has put Belville in the wedding business.

    The park off River Road along the Brunswick River has turned out to be a popular location for wedding ceremonies this summer.

    Town administrator Athina Williams said town officials and staff didn’t know the park was a wedding destination until a resident called town hall in February to ask if anyone knew a party of about 15 people were in the park for a ceremony.

    “People like to go out there and to say their vows,” Williams said.

  • Trio indicted in Caswell Beach break-in

     Three people accused of breaking into a home and stealing a television from a home on Caswell Beach in June were indicted Aug. 18.

    Matthew Dillon Vaczy, Ginny Ann Kelly and Lamont Lee Proctor were each indicted on charges of second-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to real property, Superior Court records show.

  • Southport names 18-year force veteran and native police chief

     Gary Smith knows Southport and its police department.

    He thinks those two factors will assist him as he recently took over as the city’s new police chief.

    Smith, an 18-year-veteran of the Southport Police Department, served as acting chief since July 16 and stepped into the chief’s position upon Jerry Dove’s retirement, which took effect Sept. 1. Dove originally announced a retirement date of Oct. 1, but moved it up one month to because he is a mayoral candidate for Southport in November’s general election. 

  • Three indicted in cases involving sex crimes

     Three people have been indicted by a Superior Court grand jury in separate cases involving sex crimes.

    Forty-four-year-old Ramon Gonzalez-Uribe of Supply was indicted Aug. 18 on charges of statutory rape sexual offender, sexual activity by solicitation, indecent liberties with a child and assault on a female, court records show.

    Gonzalez-Uribe is accused of “engaging in a sexual act with … a person of the age of 14 years at the time of the offense,” a warrant shows.

  • ‘Hands Across the Border’ checking station nets 10 DWI arrests

     CAROLINA SHORES — A traffic checkpoint at the North Carolina and South Carolina state line netted 10 driving while impaired arrests Friday night, Aug. 28, and Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

    Led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the “Hands Across the Border” checkpoint took place on U.S. 17 at the state line. One of the sheriff’s office’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Units (or BATMobile) was at the site.

  • U.S. Marshals arrest Calabash man wanted in South Carolina

     U.S. Marshals arrested a Calabash man wanted on a sex crime charge in South Carolina Monday, Aug. 31.

    A team of marshals arrested 32-year-old Leonardo Jimenez Romero, of Pineclair Drive SW, at a construction site inside the St. James community about 2 p.m. Monday, U.S. Marshal Bryan Konig said.

    Jimenez Romero was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he is awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

  • Residential real estate sales, average prices increase

    By Sam Hickman and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales and average sales price increased “considerably compared to the previous year,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in an Aug. 27 news release.