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  • Southport man sentenced for trafficking cocaine

    A Southport man has been sentenced to serve at least three years in prison for trafficking in cocaine, the District Attorney’s Office said.

    John Wesley Bines, 36, of Jabbertown Road was indicted June 27 on two felony counts of trafficking between 28 and 200 grams of cocaine.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern T. Watson III sentenced Bines on Sept. 6 to serve 35 to 51 months in the N.C. Department of Correction immediately after Bins pleaded guilty to the charges.

    Warrants showed Bines trafficked in cocaine Feb. 26, 2015, and was arrested the next day.

  • Compass Pointe intersection examined after fatal crash

     A fatal crash in last month has raised concerns about safety at the Compass Pointe and U.S. 74/76 intersection.

  • BCC board briefed on Title IX protocol

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees was briefed on Title IX as it applies to harassment during its Thursday, Sept. 15, meeting.

    Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities and employment practices.

    Nicole Williams, the college’s director of human resources and its Title IX coordinator, told the board how Title IX approaches harassment.

  • One of three people charged in illegal video gaming bust pleads

    One of three people accused of operating an illegal video gaming site pleaded guilty to the charges she faced.

    Tiffany Teal Ard, 33, of Supply, pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to a misdemeanor charge of operating/possessing a slot machine, misdemeanor gambling and misdemeanor probation violation, which was put in place until she paid her court fee of $568. Court records show Ard paid the fee the day of her plea.

  • Sunset Beach not likely to ban pine straw

    SUNSET BEACH ­­­— It’s not likely the town can prohibit use of pine straw in landscaping, but more realistically it can encourage communication and warnings about its potential fire dangers.

    The informal conclusion was reached following discussion at a Sunset Beach Planning Board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 15.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said he would love to say it’s going to be easy to put something in place to regulate pine straw, but he said it’s also going to be “impossible to enforce.”

  • Sixth-graders will not play middle school sports, despite state policy change

    BOLIVIA — Sixth-graders at Brunswick County Schools will not be allowed to play middle school sports despite a change in state policy.

    This was the message Rhonda Benton, executive director of elementary and middle school education, had for superintendent Les Tubb, school board members and attendees of Tuesday’s operations/curriculum/policy committees meeting.

  • Sunset Beach trolls dredging oyster survey

    SUNSET BEACH — It will cost the town an extra $22,000 to conduct an oyster survey of local waters that are part of the town’s dredging analysis.

    But a representative for Moffatt & Nichol infrastructure advisory firm said that does not include Jinks Creek, the portion that is of most concern to the town’s local environmental resource committee (ERC).

    Jerry McCrain of Moffatt & Nichol said the estimated cost does not include Jinks Creek.

  • Sunset Beach police chief resigns

    Sunset Beach Town Council will address the recent resignation of Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner at its next meeting Oct. 3.

    Joyner resigned last week after 27 years with the town, according to a town press release issued last Wednesday, Sept. 21.

    Joyner cited personal reasons for her resignation.

    “I have enjoyed my 27 years as an employee with the town and wish everyone the best,” Joyner is quoted in the news release.

    Joyner had been on 12-week unpaid family medical leave that was to conclude in mid-October.

  • Flood victim who lost lawsuit speaks in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A resident who recently lost a lawsuit against the town spoke about ongoing flooding fears at a town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Sept. 15.

    Glenda Ward said her house was flooded by a storm that descended the night of Oct. 2, 2015, the start of a weekend deluge that dumped 24 inches of rain on the town last year.

    Ward read a statement about what she went through at her home on Court 6 Northwest Drive, citing stopped-up culverts.

  • Leland man to serve up to 19 years in child sexual assault case

    A 20-year-old Leland man was sentenced to a maximum of 19 years in state prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree sex offense on a child younger than 13.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced Kymond Juantorey Auther to serve between 12 and 19 years in the North Carolina Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to the crime, District Attorney Jon David said in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

    The release did not say when Auther pleaded or was sentenced.