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  • Former Leland Police officer faces assault charge

    An officer fired from the Leland Police Department in 2012 faces an assault charge.

    Warrants show Leland police arrested 41-year-old John Blasingame of Amber Pines Drive on Wednesday, May 17, on a misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim took out the warrant through a magistrate.

  • Airman rides across country to promote veteran, pet support group

    SHALLOTTE — After falling on difficult times in 2014, Air Force veteran Harold Palmquist of Phoenix found himself seeking a homeless shelter not only for himself, but for his four-legged companion Daisy.

    “I was living in a motel, and they said they can’t accept my dog,” Palmquist said. “They barely had enough beds for humans, so I was just about to hit the street.”

  • Holden Beach commissioners consider staggered terms

    HOLDEN BEACH — Commissioners are considering a referendum that would both lengthen and stagger their terms in office.

    Commissioner H. Ashley Royal pitched the idea at the board’s May 16 meeting.

    Under his proposal, five board members would be elected in 2017, with the three candidates receiving the most votes serving four-year terms and the other two serving two-year terms. Then, Royal said, the 2019 election would put the two-year commissioner positions up for a four-year term, resulting in subsequent staggered four-year terms for each commissioner.

  • Calabash FD auxiliary sells reflective signs to aid responders

    CALABASH — Honey Chiocco keyed in a home address on her cell phone global positioning system before steering a Calabash Fire Department emergency truck into residential territory.

    Minutes later, she was trying to discern the exact location of the Carolina Shores house along a street lined with mailboxes and confusing, often non-existent house numbers.

    Chiocco, public information officer for the department, wanted to demonstrate how confounding it can often be for responders trying to find an address in an emergency situation. And it happens far too often.

  • Memorial Day remembers those who gave all

    It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of the country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice were once again paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Tuesday, May 30.

    Calabash American Legion Post 503 at 10277 Beach Drive will have a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 30. The public is invited.

  • ‘Tribute to Alton & E.B. Milliken’ honors Shallotte Electric founders

    They’re lifelong Shallotte residents credited with founding a mainstay Main Street business.

    This Saturday, May 27, “A Tribute to Alton & E.B. Milliken” will unfold starting at 4 p.m. in Mulberry Park to honor the Shallotte couple and their contributions to their native town.

  • ‘Tis the season for beach regulations to rule

    Welcome to the South Brunswick Islands for another season. Please remember to take nothing but photos and selfies and leave nothing behind except footprints in the sand.

    Have fun, but follow the rules, please.

    The upcoming Memorial Day weekend typically launches the season for local beaches, and the South Brunswick Islands are no different.

  • NCDOT to close, replace bridge in Shallotte

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Bridgers Road bridge over Mulberry Branch in Shallotte from 7 a.m. Monday, June 5, through 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, to replace it.

    Traffic will detour west on N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road) then right onto the U.S. 17 North ramp, then east on Smith Avenue and then right onto White Road.

    The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the road. The bridge approaches also will be reinforced to prevent washout and other maintenance problems.

  • Supply man faces statutory rape charge

    A Supply man is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.
    Gabriel David Trotter, 34, of King Street SW was arrested Thursday, May 11, and charged with statuary rape where the defendant is six or more years older than the victim and indecent liberties with a child, among other charges.
    Warrants show the crimes were committed between Nov. 1, 2016, and March 30.
    Trotter remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $300,000 bail.
     

  • East Side meets West Brunswick in “Rent School Edition” production

    SHALLOTTE — New York City’s East Village is making its way down to West Brunswick High School in the form of the hit Broadway musical, “Rent.”