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  • Sunset Beach to send letters about groin, wind farm

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved sending a letter expressing concern about a proposed terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach.

    Approval came with a 4-1 vote, with town councilman Wilson Sherrill casting a dissenting vote, at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting March 2.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed sending a letter to Braxton Davis, director of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management.

  • OIB starts budget process at town board retreat

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began the budget process for the next fiscal year at a daylong board retreat Thursday, Feb. 26.

    Police Chief Ken Bellamy proposed the town buy three new police cars in the next budget year, instead two as planned, to standardize the fleet of SUVs.

    “We have 10 cars now. I’m asking to replace three. We still have in the budget this year for two,” he said.

    Bellamy would also like to increase the patrol division’s number of four-wheel drive vehicles to seven for use on the beach.

  • Belville sets rules for livestock, exotic animals

    Belville officials changed town ordinances at the Feb. 23 town board meeting after an animal hoarding case was discovered last year.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz was arrested July 15, 2014, and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from her home near Belville.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services recovered 125 ducks, pigeons, chickens and other birds, 10 dogs and at least one cat.

  • Shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road readies for construction

    Preparation for a shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road is under way with plans to open a new grocery store in 2016.

    Developer Wakefield Associates of Raleigh has begun clearing and readying the lot for Alex Lee Inc., parent company of Lowes Foods.

    The 39-acre site, which is near St. James Plantation, will be called 211 Midway Commons.

    The shopping center, which is part of Oak Island’s commercial district, will offer 90,000 square feet of leasable space with a new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods anchoring the development.

  • Towns draw mixed lines on pending ETJ legislation

    Pending state legislation that proposes doing away with municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions in North Carolina could be good or bad, depending on which town you’re talking to.

    House Bill 51, filed by Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Concord, on Feb. 4, would eliminate all existing and future municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas statewide effective Jan. 1, 2016, with former ETJ areas becoming subject to county ordinances and regulations.

  • Minister says county rules not helping homeless

    A local homeless advocate is taking Brunswick County to task for what she deems government interference with churches providing shelter for homeless people.

    Local pastor Donna Phelps, who leads Building Hope Ministries and Brunswick County Streetreach, has taken issue with what she says are unreasonable rules implemented by the county that ultimately prevent local churches from providing temporary shelter for the homeless.

  • Sex offender arrested at LMS

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy arrested a convicted sex offender at Leland Middle School on Thursday morning, Feb. 26.

    A warrant shows 46-year-old Michael Pernell Wagner of Main Street, Navassa, is charged with felony sex offender on child premises. He was dropping off the child of a friend, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Fox that bit Leland woman tests positive for rabies

    A fox that bit a Leland woman on the leg March 3 tested positive for rabies after being sent to a state lab.

    “Lt. Thomas Tolley, shelter director of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, has confirmed a fox that was sent to the state lab for rabies testing yesterday, did indeed test positive for the rabies virus,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a March 4 news release.

  • Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Shallotte pharmacy

     An Oak Island woman is accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on Sunday, March 1.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

    The pharmacist immediately contacted Shallotte police and detectives soon arrived, arrested Smith without incident and charged her with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

  • County enjoys ‘return to normalcy’ after harsh winter weather

     After a week marked by harsh winter weather and hazardous driving conditions throughout Brunswick County, the school system and government complexes have returned to a normal schedule.

    The winter weather conditions Feb. 24-25 forced several closings throughout Brunswick County.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said they were relieved people in Brunswick County could briefly enjoy a return to temperatures higher than 32 degrees.