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  • Commissioners OK funds for water line design, school bond

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed to begin working to add a second raw water line for the Lower Cape Fear Water & Sewer Authority to provide the county with water.

    Commissioners unanimously approved Feb. 6 an interlocal agreement between Brunswick County, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the LCFWASA agreeing to the benefit of having additional raw water capacity and redundancy for the growth and well-being of Brunswick County and CFPUA customers.

  • Belville breaks ground for new town hall

    BELVILLE — Belville officials turned the first shovels full of dirt Monday on a town hall project they said was five years in the making.

    Mayor Mike Allen and commissioners Joe Breault, Donna Schardien and Noreen Slattery hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 13 on the site of the future town hall at River Road (N.C. 133) and Blackwell Road.

    The groundbreaking keeps a promise to revitalize Belville the current town board made when it was seated five years ago, Breault told the 50 or so people gathered for the event.

  • County unemployment reaches 6.7 percent for December

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate jumped between November and December from 6.3 percent for November to 6.7 percent in December.

    The year ended almost a point higher than the 5.9 percent unemployment rate that was steady through September and October.

    A year-to-year comparison showed unemployment was still lower ending 2016 than December 2015, when Brunswick County had 7.2 percent unemployment.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Lawsuit over Odell Williamson Airport reinstated

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Ocean Isle Beach airport operator.

    The lawsuit Tim Jackson and David Hill, owners of Jackson/Hill Aviation Inc. and Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s former Fixed Base Operator (FBO), filed against the town of Ocean Isle Beach was dismissed Nov. 2, 2015.

    Appellate court Judge Richard Dietz, wrote a judgment Feb. 7, with Chief Judge Linda McGee and Judge John Marsh Tyson in agreement, the case should not have been dismissed.

  • Shallotte police arrest woman on felony larceny charge

    Shallotte police arrested a Supply woman wanted in a January theft.

    Amy Elizabeth Griffie, 36, of Partridge Place was arrested Feb. 7 at her residence and charged with felony larceny, Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    Griffie is accused of stealing a ring worth about $1,000 from the counter of Pawn-USA on Main Street on Jan. 19. The ring has not been found.

     Griffie was released Feb. 7 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.    

  • Shallotte man arrested on 2014 sex crime charges involving child

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man on 2014 sex crime charges involving child.

    Timothy Paul Freshwater, 33, of Woodthrush Lane was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, and charged with statutory rape/sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child and sex offense in a parental role, all felonies.

    Warrants show the incident took place Oct. 21, 2014, when the victim was 13. 

  • CGMS students face discipline after BB guns found in locker

    Four Cedar Grove Middle School students face disciplinary action after a school resource officer discovered Airsoft BB Guns in a locker Feb. 8.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said a tip from a student led to SRO Kenneth Powell finding two BB guns. She said Powell and principal Michael Hobbs took immediate action and the four seventh-graders involved were identified.

    Swencki said all four students face disciplinary action according to the school’s code of conduct, which ranges from short-term to possible long-term suspension.

  • Leland woman arrested on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 66-year-old Leland woman accused of trying to sell oxycodone pills in January.

    Wilma L. Batten of Village Road was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II substance, felony conspiring to traffic opium/heroin, felony conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    Warrants show Batten attempted to sell a pill bottle containing 17 oxycodone pills Jan. 18.  

  • Plea hearing scheduled Feb. 20 in 2016 fatal Shallotte crash

        A Carolina Shores teen facing charges in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February 2016 is scheduled to enter a plea in Brunswick County Court on Monday, Feb. 20, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Hospice patient FaceTimes with rock hero Eddie Van Halen

    LELAND — It’s the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 5. Fifty-four-year-old Mike Brewer of Leland sits in a dim room holding an iPad that’s connected to FaceTime. On the screen in front of him is the image of a kitchen some 3,000 miles away.

    After a beat, a smiling man pops into view. Mike smiles back at rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen and says, “Hey, I know that guy.”