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  • Teen injured in boating accident near Ocean Isle

     A teenage girl was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after suffering head injuries during a boating accident last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    The teen was injured July 28 while she was on the boat in the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Brunswick County emergency response personnel took the girl from the scene of the accident to a landing area adjacent to Odell Williamson Municipal Airport before she was airlifted to the hospital in Wilmington.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to felony charge six years after his arrest

     A former Leland church pastor accused of sexually assaulting a child six years ago pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against nature, a felony, in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern T. Watson sentenced 51-year-old James Tyrus Johnson of Leland to serve five to six months in prison, which was suspended, and a year of unsupervised probation.

  • Two Shallotte men face felony sex charges

     Two Shallotte men have been charged with multiple felony sex charges in separate cases.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Thomas Nicholas Tribble of Salem Lane on Saturday, Aug. 1, and charged him with 22 counts of second-degree sexual offense.

    He is accused of “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” engaging in a sex offense with a victim “who was at the time mentally disabled” between May 2014 and March 2015, warrants show.

  • New traffic signal at Leland/Belville intersection

    Motorists will see a new flashing signal at N.C. 133 and Blackwell Road in Leland/Belville beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, as the North Carolina Department of Transportation prepares to fully activate the new traffic signal.
    As part of what is often referred to as the Leland Causeway Bridge Project, the new signal is expected to improve safety by controlling traffic at the N.C. 133 and Blackwell Road intersection. Currently, traffic on Blackwell Road has to stop, while traffic on N.C. 133 continues through the intersection.

  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old last year has been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Murton Harold Hyde, 56, of Turkey Street, was arrested Jan. 21 charged with six counts of first-degree sexual offense involving a child, three counts of crimes against nature and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. He was indicted on those charges July 20, court records show.

  • Brunswick County claims its eighth lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s incredible lottery streak continues with an Ocean Isle Beach man winning $10,000 this week.

    John Croake won $10,000 in the $200 Million Blowout scratch-off game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

    In early July, Kevin Beauchamp of Leland won $10,000 in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game.

    Sean Watson of Columbus Countywon the $227,196 jackpot in the July 2 Cash 5 drawing via Play at the Pump at a gas pump at Middle River C Store on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

  • BCC students achieve goals through Project Finish Line

     SUPPLY — Several students in Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education program are only a step or two away from securing their certifications in specialized job fields.

    Thanks to a $200,000 endowment grant, those BCC students will have the opportunity to finish their course work through Project Finish Line.

  • BCC officials prepare to open Southport campus

     SOUTHPORT — When Dr. Susanne Adams began her stint as Brunswick Community College president in July 2011, the college’s board of trustees hadn’t decided how it would move forward with its plans for a Southport campus.

    Eventually, trustees approved renovating the old alternative school on Lord Street and transforming it into a continuing education center with more classroom space and art studios.

    Four years later, college staff and trustees are two weeks away from officially opening the Southport campus.

  • Shallotte man sentenced on kidnapping, related charges

    A Shallotte man will spend four to six years in state prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Judge Ebern T. Watson sentenced 42-year-old Alex Ohara King to 49 to 81 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after King pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, communicating threats and injury to personal property, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Wednesday, July 29.

  • Belville files full breach of contract lawsuit against USG

    Belville filed a full complaint July 27 in its lawsuit against Urban Smart Growth (USG), including more details in the breakdown of the partnership that was intended to create a downtown development on the Brunswick River.

    Belville officials filed the lawsuit July 7 with an extension allowing the town to file its full complaint by July 27.

    Belville and USG developer Lance Robbins signed a resolution in 2007 for a 20-year agreement to work together on a master redevelopment plan of large-scale mixed-use development constructed in multiple phases over two decades.