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  • Leland board takes field trip to consider water plant zoning

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO had to put their plans for a water plant on hold when Leland officials continued a vote to rezone the plat of land where they intend to build.

    At the May town meeting, the company requested the Leland board rezone property at 9901 Chappel Loop Road from R6 — or residential use for single-family housing — to allow for commercial use.

    H2GO is one of the wholesale customers of Brunswick utilities’ finished water, which it sells to 8,500 customers in the Leland/Belville/Navassa area.

  • With limited access to painkillers, addicts turn to heroin

     BOLIVIA — When the prescription painkiller problem was at its peak three years ago, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier began working on solutions to combat the problem.

    Three years later, the diversion of prescription medication is down in Brunswick County, but deaths and the rise in the use of heroin are on the rise because of limited access to the pills.

  • Twin Lakes deed issue on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Residents are poised to voice opposition at Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming meeting Aug. 4 about a proposal for two private lakes to be deeded to the town.

  • Carolina Shores gets state reimbursement for ice storm costs

    CAROLINA SHORES — Four months after cleanup, the town of Carolina Shores has received more than $111,000 in state disaster assistance for debris management removal from this past winter’s ice storm.

    A check reimbursing the town $111,729.57 for its $155,000 cost undertaking debris cleanup from mid-February to March arrived last week through efforts of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety working through the Division of Emergency Management.

  • New charter school opens in Brunswick County

     SOUTHPORT — While many youngsters across Brunswick County are enjoying their last month of summer fun, 86 students filed into the brand new South Brunswick Charter School for the first day of school.

    South Brunswick Charter, which is operated by Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), opened its doors July 22 and became the second charter school in the county.

    RBA also operates Charter Day School in Leland.

  • Lightning strike causes fire in Brick Landing

     Local fire departments responded to a pair of lightning strikes that caused minor damage Thursday night, July 24.

    The first lightning strike took place at 1914 Mariner’s Wacche condominiums near Brick Landing Plantation in the Shallotte Point area.

    Lightning struck the roof of one condo unit about 11:30 p.m. and went into the attic of one condo, Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Potts said.

    There was minor damage to the condo, which is expected to be repaired, Potts said.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a  bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • Detectives ask for public’s help locating larceny suspects

     Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating five people they say committed multiple larcenies from businesses in the Holden Beach area.

    They are looking for a white woman, a white man and three black men, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The white woman has long brown hair and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black and white paints and Reef sandals.

    The white man was last seen wearing an orange shirt and gray stretch pants.

  • Bolivia man accused of taking nude picture of juvenile

     A Bolivia man faces a sex charge after allegedly sending a photograph of a nude girl to someone else who posted it online.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested 19-year-old James Rudolph Brown IV, of Earla Loop Road, who is charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, warrants show.

  • Man wanted in Myrtle Beach arrested in Brunswick on drug charges

     A Myrtle Beach man wanted on a probation violation in South Carolina was arrested last week in Brunswick County on multiple drug charges.

    Franklin Dwayne Hare, 42, of 4050 Shipyard Walk, was arrested Friday, July 25, and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Drug agents seized 20 bindles (dosage units) of heroin and seven grams of marijuana from Hare, warrants show.