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  • UPDATE: Deputies locate Southport man reported missing

    Deputies have found a Southport man who was reported missing.

    Phillip Mark Helms was found safe Friday, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release.

    Helms was last seen at his home about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

  • 73-year-old Shallotte woman charged in apparent animal hoarding

    Animal control officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services assisted the Shallotte Police Department Wednesday afternoon with the rescue of 27 animals from an apparent hoarding situation.

    Twelve dogs and 15 cats were surrendered without incident to BCSAPS at a home on Pine Street in Shallotte.

    The animals were found in inhumane conditions, many of them in feces-filled cages. Most were covered with matted fur and in need of grooming. Several of the animals were sick and in need of veterinary care.

  • OIB museum contributor Hayden O'Neil dies

    Locally renowned Ocean Isle Beach businessman and museum board member Hayden O’Neil died Monday, Jan. 26, following a brief illness.

    O’Neil, 86, was noted for his contributions to the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, where he was chairman emeritus of the board, and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. He was also the longtime owner of Brunswick Business Center in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Detectives seek Supply man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a 61-year-old Supply man last seen Nov. 25, 2014.

    Peter Malcolm Dickinson, of Empire Road, is described as a 5-foot-4 white man weighing about 150 pounds, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday night.

    Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Tony Henson at 880-4878 or call 911.

  • Brunswick Beaches Consortium reorganizing after Bald Head Island quits

    The Brunswick Beaches Consortium has taken one step forward but two steps back in its effort to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town in November.

    The beach towns that have participated in the BBC met Dec. 11 to re-establish a board and elect officers to conduct the quarterly meetings.

    The members voted Bald Head Island Assistant Village Manager Chris McCall temporary chairman and BHI council member Dr. Gene Douglas as vice chairman.

  • County commissioners approve Oak Island beach funding over three years

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners approved funding $500,000 for Oak Island’s beach renourishment by splitting the cost into three annual installments of $166,666.

    Oak Island is proceeding with permitting and easements for the beach erosion abatement and renourishment project, anticipated to begin in February.

    The town is planning the first phase of the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project to dredge the eastern route of the Lockwood Folly River.

    The total cost for the Phase 1 dredging is estimated at $3.5 million.

  • Belville ABC will expand Waterford store

    BELVILLE — Belville’s ABC Board chairman Joe Henson told town commissioners its time to expand the Waterford store.

    Henson gave an update on the town’s two ABC Stores at the Jan. 26 town meeting where he presented plans and cost estimates for the expansion.

    “We’re making money. We’ve outgrown what we’ve got,” he said.

    Henson said ABC Store 1, on River Road, has room for merchandise and customers but ABC Store 2, on Olde Waterford Way, is too small to display all the products kept in stock.

  • County releases closed session minutes from Holden Beach parkland purchase

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has released closed session minutes from county commissioners’ discussions on the purchase of three parcels along the Intracoastal Waterway for a nature park near Holden Beach.

    The property totals nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The county bought the undeveloped property Dec. 17, 2014, from Sweetwater Investments LLC using county reserves.

  • With only ‘one chance at life,’ BCC student shines

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College sophomore Drake Harper has leaped over obstacles his entire life. A car crash that nearly took his life would be no different.

    After enrolling at BCC during the fall of 2013, Harper quickly adjusted to college life and found his niche on campus when he was elected student government president. Despite some early struggles socially, his life turned upside down on a rain-soaked highway near Whiteville on Jan. 11, 2014.

  • Rouzer announces flagship office will be in Brunswick County seat

     BOLIVIA — When former Congressman Mike McIntyre announced he was retiring as the top political leader of the 7th District, Brunswick County residents wanted assurance that his replacement would address coastal issues as McIntyre did for 18 years.

    McIntyre’s successor, U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, held a news conference on the third floor of the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 26, to announce Bolivia would be his flagship office.