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  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Fire chief to appear in court on assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on March 31 to face misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges filed against him by a Wilmington man last month.

    Herzig is accused of assaulting and striking Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington, by pushing him, striking him in the face and back of the head and choking him from behind, a warrant reads.

  • Belville budget talks set sights on tax rate

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioners increased the town tax rate to 9 cents last year. At a budget retreat Saturday, March 18, they called for cuts in expenses to avoid touching the tax rate again.

    The early estimate of the budget is $947,000. Town Administrator Athina Williams said staying at 9 cents per $100 of valuation would maintain ad valorem revenues at $156,600.

    Sales and use taxes are anticipated about $440,000.

    And the town anticipates receiving $145,000 in revenues from the ABC board.

  • Board supports NBHS athletes, Harrington Village detention pond

    LELAND — High school students don’t often make an appearance at Leland town board meetings, so when they do it usually means they have done something good.

    In the case of the North Brunswick High School boys’ track team, its members have done no wrong.

    NBHS track coach Gary Bishop brought almost the entire team to the town meeting March 16 to recognize their undefeated streak.

  • Navassa Superfund site project still testing for creosote impact

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency is still poking holes in the Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site in Navassa.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, updated Navassa residents on their progress at a March 14 meeting.

  • Symposium shows how businesses sustain themselves, employees

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College’s sixth annual sustainability symposium Friday, March 17, covered sustainability in business.

    For several of the speakers who discussed the subject, being sustainable meant more than just making the business profitable.

    The buzzword at the symposium was maintaining the “triple bottom line” by treating employees well and using environmentally friendly processes while also staying profitable.

  • County funding cuts prompt Brunswick Guarantee

    A Brunswick County-funded scholarship program that provides free tuition and no fees for qualified students to attend Brunswick Community College is intended to restore funding and recruit more of the county’s high school graduates to the college.

    The three-year funding agreement county commissioners approved March 6 provides the BCC Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses through the program, called Brunswick Guarantee.

  • Supply senior center opens at 101 Stone Chimney Place

    SUPPLY — A month to the day after opening a new senior center in Leland, county officials reconvened at 101 Stone Chimney Place to christen another.

  • Attack on derelict boats under way with new ordinance

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved an ordinance Monday night giving the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office authority to deal with abandoned and derelict boats.

    A half-submerged shrimp boat below the Holden Beach Bridge may be the face of the abandoned boats in the county, but commissioner Pat Sykes said she pushed for the ordinance because of complaints of sailboats clogging an inlet off Fish Factory Road in Southport.

  • Ash man involved in ICE case dies of self-inflicted gunshot

    An Ash man who shot himself during a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations search of his home died Friday, March 17.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head March 7.