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  • International Coastal Clean-up Sept. 16

    The town of Holden Beach will participate in the International Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 16. Participants will be assigned a beach access or waterway park area to clean.

    If interested, call Christy at Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488 to get your beach access assignment. Supplies can be picked up Sept. 14-15.

  • Brunswick County DSS recruiting foster/adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services, at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Joint Sunset Beach meeting Aug. 31 covers stormwater

    Sunset Beach Town Council and the Sunset Beach Planning Board will hold a joint special meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Sunset Beach Town Hall Council Chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear a presentation from the North Carolina Coastal Federation regarding stormwater practices and policies and to have a question-and-answer session with the presenter.

    Council will not take action during this meeting.

  • N.C. Education Lottery issues warning about scam emails

    The North Carolina Education Lottery is getting reports of scammers sending fake emails to people across the state. The emails claim a person has won a prize of more than $1 million in an online drawing called the Legacy Prize. The email asks for a player’s personal information to be sent to an overseas claim office.

    “Lottery scams, unfortunately, are all too common,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education, “but they can easily be avoided by looking for the warning signs.”

  • Supply man accused of breaking infant son's arm

    A Supply man is accused of breaking his 2-month-old son’s arm.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested 36-year-old Lowell Curtis Alsbury, of Robinson Park Trail, on a charge of child abuse inflicting serious physical injury Friday, Aug. 25.

    A warrant shows Alsbury deliberately assaulted the infant the day he was arrested.

    Alsbury, a registered sex offender, remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $150,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Tuesday due to approaching storm

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Tuesday, Aug. 29, due to an approaching storm system.

    The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for portions of North Carolina and South Carolina as a disturbance dubbed “Potential Tropical Cyclone 10” moves up the southeast coast. Depending on conditions, the system could develop into Tropical Storm Irma.

    Tropical-storm-force winds, 39 mph or greater, are possible within the watch area Monday night through Tuesday.

  • Bolivia woman accused of food stamp fraud

    A Bolivia woman is accused of using an electronic benefits transfer card issued to another person to buy more than $500 in items from grocery stores.

    Sheila Emmons Deans, 56, of Cypress Lakes Circle SE, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 24, and charged with seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense, four counts of forgery of endorsement and two counts of food stamp fraud, all felonies.

    Warrants show Deans used a man’s EBT card as her own and bought $519.83 in groceries from Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart between June 2013 and June 2015.

  • Leland man faces statutory rape charge

    A Leland man is accused of committing statutory rape.

    Navassa police arrested Gregory Herbert Westfield, 46, at his home in the 1500 block of Dorsey Lane on Wednesday, Aug. 23, on a charge of statutory rape/sex offense with a person older than 6 and a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show the crimes were committed against a 13-year-old between Sept. 1, 2013, and May 23, 2015.

    Westfield was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Thursday, Aug. 24, on $250,000 bail.

  • Leland man accused of shooting into occupied Castle Hayne home

    A Leland man is accused of shooting into an occupied Castle Hayne home last week.

    James Leayon Tallman, 29, of Pinecliff Drive NE was arrested on Monday, Aug. 21, and charged with felony discharging a weapon into occupied property.

    A warrant shows on Sunday, Aug. 20, Tallman is accused of using a 9MM to shoot into a home in the 2200 block of Chair Road while it was occupied by three people.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jerry Brewer said the shooting was reported at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • Leland, Oak Island men win big in lottery

    Michael Hill of Leland said he almost missed out on winning a $10 million lottery prize.

    Hill, a nuclear plant worker, stopped by the Maco Depot on Maco Road in Leland and bought an Extreme Millions scratch-off ticket. When he didn’t win, he went back to the clerk who sold it to him.

    “I joked with her, ‘How come you didn’t sell me a winning ticket?’” he said in a news release issued Saturday, Aug. 26, by the N.C. Education Lottery.