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  • Carolina Shores seeks volunteers Feb. 2

    The town of Carolina Shores is inviting interested residents and business owners to a volunteer kick-off meeting for 2017, scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the town hall boardroom at 200 Persimmon Road.

    The town is interested in engaging with stakeholders to achieve collaboration in the following areas:

    Environmental management — trees, beautification, solid waste/recycling, water quality. Teams that need volunteers are:

    1. Tree resource management — volunteer to be a tree resource manager/inspector

  • Fledging group pursues animal rights legislation

    A newly forming animal-rights group convened in Shallotte last week to address legislative issues it hopes to pursue at the state level.

    Kimberly Sherwood, volunteer coordinator for the fledgling local chapter of Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR), led discussion on puppy mill legislation introduced in Raleigh during the Jan. 23 session at Golden Corral in Shallotte.

  • Line break prompts boil water advisory

    Brunswick County Public Utilities issued a boil water advisory Monday, Jan. 30, for customers on the N.C. 211 corridor between Midway and Long Beach roads including, but not limited to, the town of St. James, The Regency, Arbor Creek, Abbington Oaks and West Trace.

    The areas experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system because of a main line rupture caused by construction work. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

  • NHRMC restricts visitation to protect against flu spread

    With an increase in flu cases being reported in the region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) is taking steps to limit its spread within hospital facilities and the community. In addition to restricting those with flu symptoms from visiting patients, NHRMC is asking community members to refrain from taking children to any NHRMC hospital facility unless it’s for the child’s treatment.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks info on Supply break-in, assault

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are offering a $1,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for a recent home invasion and assault in Supply. 

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said just before midnight on Jan. 22, two men, both estimated to be 6 feet tall and weight between 150 and 160 pounds broke into a home located in the 2900 block of Old Ferry Connection Road. One of the men had a firearm and assaulted one of the victims who were home at the time of the break-in.

  • Three men charged in vehicle break-in sprees

    Three men accused of stealing items from vehicles in Brunswick County face more than 50 charges each.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Christopher Shawn Dufrasne, 18, of Northeast 62nd Street in Oak Island; Cameron Kyle Kirkham, 22, of Pickerell Drive in Southport; and Roy Edward Patterson III, 27, of Sweet Bay Drive in Southport on Friday, Jan. 20.

  • Holden Beach Central Reach Project may finish ahead of schedule

    HOLDEN BEACH — Should the Central Reach Project be completed early, Holden Beach may be able to use the dredges in place to replace 100 cubic yards of sand lost as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Town Manager David Hewett said about 20,000 cubic yards of sand — the length of a football field and six feet deep — a day are being placed with an estimated completion date for the project late February or early March.

  • Southport crash ends with 18-wheeler in canal

    At least one lane of N.C. 87 (River Road) in Southport near the entrance to the Duke Energy Brunswick Nuclear Plant remained closed for at least 12 hours Thursday, Jan. 19, after an 18-wheel freightliner crashed into a canal. No one was injured.

    The driver of the truck, which was carrying wood chips, ran off the road and went through a guardrail before striking a concrete culvert and going down an embankment into a canal, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Inman said. Troopers were called about the crash at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.

  • Leland man arrested in shooting

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of trying to shoot another man. No one was injured.

    Dashaun Maurice Smith, 23, of Northwest Hooper Road was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 18, and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

    Warrants show Smith attempted to shoot another man on Grinders Way in Leland. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said reports do not specify the type of handgun used, but only one shot was fired.

  • Southport man to serve more than five years as habitual felon

    A Southport man will serve more than five years in prison as a habitual felon after he admitted to robbing a Southport store in June 2015, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.