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  • Supply woman charged with child abuse in case involving husband

    The wife of a Supply man accused of 40 sex crimes involving children was arrested this week and charged with six felonies in the same case.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 34-year-old Katherine Renee Jacobs, of Seashore Road in Supply, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and charged her with six counts of felony child abuse sex acts, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • Comments sought for Sunset Beach bridge application

    An application for construction of a wooden bridge for the proposed Sunset Beach West development has been submitted to the Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Va.

    Sunset Beach West LLC proposes building a private, curved, 27-foot-wide wooden bridge less than 500 feet long at the west end of West Main Street over an unnamed tributary and wetlands to Mad Inlet in Sunset Beach.

  • Supply woman files criminal summons against Powerball winner

     BOLIVIA — A Supply woman has filed misdemeanor harassment charges against Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes. 

    Holmes, who is accused of making threatening and harassing phone calls to Lorna Shannea Marlowe, was issued a criminal summons Jan. 13, court records show.

    Holmes is accused of “using words and language in a telephone communication with (Marlowe) threatening to inflict bodily harm,” the summons reads.

  • People shoot for Powerball pot at Shallotte store that sold winning ticket in 2015

    Could lucky lightning strike twice?

    Powerball customers seemed to think so as they got in line to buy lottery tickets this week for a shot at a record $1.5 billion jackpot in the Jan. 13 drawing at the Scotchman store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Lest anyone has forgotten, that’s where Shallotte mom Marie Holmes’ winning $188,033,333 ticket was purchased almost a year ago for the Feb. 11, 2015, Powerball drawing.

    Joseph Tippett was among hopeful customers as he stopped by the store at the corner of Bridger Road on Monday.

  • ‘Unified’ school board moves forward with bond referendum

     SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Board of Education is ready to move forward with a $152 million bond referendum.

    At a special called board meeting before a Parent Advisory Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Shallotte, chairman Bud Thorsen asked board members where they stood on the issue.

    Board members Charlie Miller and Catherine Cooke have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of moving forward in asking the county board of commissioners to include the referendum on the Nov. 8, general election ballot.

  • Sunset Beach town staff can't explain UDO fill omission

    SUNSET BEACH — Jan Harris first noticed higher ground at an east-end development site a few months ago.

    Harris, long known for her scrutiny of development and environmental issues on the barrier island where she has lived for the past two decades, noticed a significant amount of fill being used for a new house under construction in the oceanfront Palm Cove development in the conservation reserve (CR1) zone at Sunset Beach’s easternmost tip.

  • Resident lawsuit seeks flood damages from Carolina Shores

    A resident has filed a lawsuit against the town of Carolina Shores claiming the town has been negligent in maintaining its stormwater system and her home was damaged as a result.

    Glenda B. Ward of 1 Court 6 Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores, whose case was filed Jan. 4 in Brunswick County Superior Court, alleges the town is at fault after her home was flooded “on or about” Oct. 2, 2015, when a large rainstorm hit the town.

  • Report ranks OIB highly in police officers per capita

     A report published by an independent web-based consumer news and resource center ranks two Brunswick County towns among the safest in the Tar Heel State.

    Bald Head Island was ranked first and Ocean Isle Beach eighth in consumeraffairs.com’s recently released “Safest Cities in North Carolina” report.

    The rankings are based on the number of police officers per 10,000 residents, Consumer Affairs spokeswoman Natalie Donahue said.

  • Trooper’s lawsuit against sheriff dismissed

     A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol sergeant in December 2013 against Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

    More than two years ago, N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Nance and his wife, Andrea, filed the suit alleging the sheriff violated his right to free speech and inflicted “emotional distress” against the trooper and his family.

    U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan dismissed the suit against Ingram in federal court Sept. 29, court records show.

  • Two Sunset Beach meetings moved to fire station

    Upcoming meetings in Sunset Beach will temporarily take place to accommodate more people at the town’s main fire station No. 1 at 102 Shoreline Drive West.

    That includes Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming second meeting of the month scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.