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  • Leland rescinds on-street parking rules

    LELAND — Leland officials scrapped three years of efforts to address on-street parking problems at a special meeting June 22 by eliminating regulations put in place in January 2016.

    Council members voted a year and a half ago to require an additional parking space be provided at a ratio of one space per one lot in all new subdivisions.

    The town board’s decision to remove the requirements came after town and planning board members held a joint meeting May 26 where they heard complaints about the parking space impact from developers.

  • Former Shallotte resident wagers to win second place on 'Jeopardy!'

    “Camel Lot, Heteronyms, Sources of Power, Presidential Biographies, Moviemaking, Why I Drink.”

    Those were the first six categories former Shallotte resident Lisette Pringle and her two opponents were greeted with in their first round of “Jeopardy!” which aired May 31 and made Pringle a local celebrity.

  • Three people arrested in reported weekend kidnapping in Leland

    A Leland man accused of kidnapping a man Friday was arrested on a drunk driving charge the next day. 

    Marcus Antwyn Jenkins, 35, of Thunder Hill Road NE was arrested Saturday, June 24, and charged with second-degree kidnapping, possession of firearm by a felon and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun. 

  • Billboard easement bill topples in House vote in Raleigh

    By Laura Lewis, Lindsay Kriz and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    An amended bill to ease billboard regulations in North Carolina and wrest say-so from local governments failed Monday in Raleigh.

    Local governments would have lost say-so in regulating billboards if the provision had been approved.

  • Shallotte OKs 2017-18 budget without tax increase

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is marking its 11th year without a tax increase with the passage of its 2017-18 budget, town finance director Mimi Gaither said.

    The 2017-18 fund balance for the year shows $5,512,000, with $4,009,393 in the Enterprise Fund and $1,762,500 for capital projects, according to the budget approved during a special meeting Thursday, June 22.

    A budget highlight sheet showed there will be no tax increase, with a tax rate at .35 per 100 with one cent equaling $62,000.

  • Sheriff’s office asks for help to find habitual felon

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted on felony charges.

    Deputies are searching for 30-year-old Corbett Lee McLean, who’s wanted for breaking into a home in the Supply area and stealing guns May 25, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    McLean will be charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny of firearms.

  • Leland police seek ID of Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a riding mower from Wal-Mart.

    The man parked his vehicle in front of Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard, loaded a Murray riding mower onto a trailer and left the store without paying for it.
    The release describes the thief’s vehicle as a dark-colored Ford Explorer with tinted brake light covers and black rims.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.

  • Three arrested on cocaine charges

    Three people, including a New Hanover County Schools custodian, were arrested in Brunswick County on cocaine charges in two separate cases.

    Leland police arrested Francine Stukes, 53, and Everett Jackson, 60, on June 20 and charged them each with selling crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of crack cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of crack cocaine.

  • "Armed and dangerous" man sought by deputies turns self in

    A man considered armed and dangerous by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office turned himself in peacefully Wednesday morning.

    Records show Douglas Anthony Blouin Jr., 35, was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday.

    Blouin has been charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and assault with a deadly weapon relating to an incident on Friday, June 23, when the sheriff's office says Blouin assaulted someone and shot into a home on Landing Road in Shallotte.

  • Residents rally to save Sunset Beach market that’s not closing

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents responding to rumor were told Monday night there are no plans to shut down the Waterfront Market.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato accused fellow councilman John Corbett of spreading “fake news” in connection with the seasonal market, which Corbett’s wife Carol helps run on Thursdays in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said several times she had only questioned fees being charged for the market and there were no plans to close it.