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  • Calabash seeking attorney after resignation

    CALABASH — The town is seeking a new attorney following last week’s resignation of town attorney Mac Tyson.

    Tyson’s resignation was accepted by town commissioners at their monthly meeting March 11.

    Prior to that, town commissioner Jody Nance requested an agenda item and motion to activate a no-cause section of the attorney contract that allows either party to terminate the agreement at any time, for any reason, with a 30-day notice. Nance’s request was a motion to give Tyson a 30-day notice to terminate his contract with the town.

  • Five face drug charges after agents find meth lab

    Five people face drug charges after the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit found a methamphetamine lab in Leland.

    The agents received information Sunday, March 16, that 30-year-old James Davis Downer, of Black Berry Court in Leland, and others were actively cooking meth at 8987 Black Chestnut Drive, according to a sheriff’s office news release.  

  • Bolivia man arrested on weapon, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested a Bolivia man on weapon and drug charges.

    Jeffrey Brian Sullivan, 26, was wanted on felony possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of firearm by felon and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Agents searched Sullivan’s 656 Canterbury St. residence Friday afternoon, March 14, and found heroin, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm, the release said, but Sullivan was not in the home at the time.

  • Three teens charged in school vandalism

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested three teens Friday night in a case of vandalism at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland early Friday morning.

  • Deputies seek woman in Calabash larceny case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a woman wanted for questioning in a recent theft from a Calabash business.

    Bonnie Jean Anderson, a blonde white woman who is about 5-foot-6, is being sought in the March 4 larceny from Callahan’s Nautical Gifts in Calabash, according to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page. It is unclear what items or how many were taken.

    Anderson was the passenger in a red Ford SUV with Pennsylvania license plate seen leaving the business about 5:30 p.m.

  • Holden Beach Parrott shell explodes after 150 years, salvaged

    A century and a half after a Civil War cannon fired on Holden Beach, the shell that landed in the sand exploded.

    The shell didn’t go off on the beach, but exploded when members of a Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team attempted to remove the gunpowder inside to make it inert.

    On April 8, 2013, Gerald Workman unearthed the Civil War era Parrott shell — a 19-inch-long, 6-inch diameter shell named after a type of rifled cannon — in the sand halfway down the beach at the Boyd Street access.

  • New boat builder moving into industrial park in Navassa

    A new business, and a potential for 50 new jobs, are coming to Navassa.

    Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw announced the company, 33rd Strike Group, intends to move into northern Brunswick County in May.

    The catamaran manufacturer will locate in a 35,000-square-foot building in the Brunswick Industrial Warehouse complex near Navassa.

    Paul Miller, a representative of 33rd Strike Group, announced they were making the move to Brunswick County official at the Joint Economic Development Boards’ annual meeting March 5.

  • Leland officials retreat on long-term plans

    SURF CITY — Leland officials spent the last day of February at the coast sharing ideas about plans for the town.

    The mayor, commissioners and town manager and clerk met at the Surf City Welcome Center for a daylong planning retreat.

    After hosting a five-town hearing last fall on a proposed change to the sales tax distribution, the town representatives talked about continuing to organize local conferences.

  • Holden Beach Seniors group celebrates 30 years

    HOLDEN BEACH — Three decades of yard sales helped build the Holden Beach Senior Citizens’ group, and now bake sales will take the members into the future.

    The seniors hosted their 30th anniversary Monday, March 10, at the Holden Beach Community Center.

    Grace Peeples, president of the Holden Beach Senior Citizens for 28 of the past 30 years, shared the history of the group, beginning when she was working at the Beachmart and realized there was nothing for seniors to do.

  • OIB selects contractors, schedules spring and summer events

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners spent Tuesday’s town meeting unanimously approving contractors and community events.

    The town board approved Wingate Consulting Engineers to develop replacement plans for two handicapped beach access locations.

    The beach access ramps at Beaufort Street and Raeford Street, which include wooden walkways over the sand dunes are in need of rehabilitation or replacement.

    The engineering firm was approved to design the walkways, which are handicapped accessible and designs for a typical beach access for $2,000.