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  • Rouzer touts tax reform

    SHALLOTTE — Tax reform, along with infrastructure and other topics tied to his home state are foremost on Congressman David Rouzer’s agenda these days.

    The Republican representing North Carolina’s 7th District said tax reform won’t be resolved until it’s sent to President Trump and signed into law.

    “But we’ve got a framework that has broad support between the White House and the Senate,” Rouzer said during a visit and interview at The Brunswick Beacon last Friday.

  • Kittens get second chance after rescue from county landfill

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Waste Industries driver Joseph Anderson was waiting in line at the Brunswick County landfill when he started wondering what was taking so long.

    He soon learned the delay on Sept. 28 had to do with the sound of distressed mewing coming from one of the containers that had been carted up for emptying at the county landfill in Bolivia.

  • Town administrator implements ‘security measures’ after meeting confrontation

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has called for “increased security measures effective immediately” following a confrontation between a town councilman and a candidate at an Oct. 17 council meeting.

    “The town of Sunset Beach has a legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace,” Parker wrote in a letter to town council members Oct. 19.

  • BCSO seeks teen last seen Oct. 22

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a teen last seen Oct. 22.

    Isaac Messer, 15, was last seen wearing a black and gray zip up sweater, white gym shorts with a black stripe on each side, and grey Vans shoes at his home on Holden Beach Road, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

    Messer is 5-foot-7, weights 135 pounds, and has dirty blonde hair and brown eyes.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kip Hester at 713-8360 or  911.

  • Southport women face cocaine charges in separate cases

    Two Southport women face cocaine charges in separate Brunswick County cases.

    Sarah Elaine Walker, 32, of Fairway Drive is charged with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Detectives arrest seven on felony gaming charges, seize 387 machines

    Detectives arrested seven people on felony gaming charges after “an intensive undercover investigation over the past several months,” according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday.

    They also seized 387 video gaming machines and more than $250,000 in cash after 16 searches conducted throughout the county as part of the investigation.

    Those arrested and the charges they face are:

  • WBHS student charged in fight, online threat

    A West Brunswick High School student is accused of punching a fellow student at the school Thursday, then making threats on social media.

    Kavon Kenith Gause, 17, of Pelican Point in Bolivia, is charged with misdemeanor simple affray and communicating threats, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office warrants show.

    Gause, a sophomore, fought with the other student identified as “J.B.,” striking him about the body, according to warrants dated Thursday.

  • Panera, Starbucks locating along U.S. 17 in Leland

    Leland economic development director Gary Vidmar updated the economic development committee Oct. 12 about businesses poised to move into the town.

  • 2017 Run OIB has board worried races are too big for island roads

    Just days after the 2017 Run OIB 5K and half-marathon Oct. 7, organizer David Hutnik of Coastal Race Productions was seeking approval from Ocean Isle Beach officials for the 2018 event.

    But town commissioners chose to have staff take another look at the race routes before approving a permit for 2018.

    “I have mixed feelings. You all know I’m against anything that goes over the bridge. But this brought a lot of people to Ocean Isle Beach. But it may have been too big for our island,” Mayor Pro Tem Dean Walters said during the Oct. 10 meeting.

  • Leland board will consider concept for municipal campus master plan

    Leland Town Council will consider approving the town’s municipal campus master plan at its Oct. 19 meeting.

    The plan is a proposal to expand amenities at Leland Municipal Park and former town hall site, as well as adjoining properties, to create a central hub for recreation and public events.

    Operation services director Niel Brooks will make a presentation of the plan details at town meeting and ask for the board’s vote to approve the concept.