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  • Shallotte man faces felony drug, weapon charges in county case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Shallotte man on felony drug and weapon charges Oct. 12.

    Eugene Gause, 54, of Beach Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Canada to Keys ride raises money, awareness for suicide prevention

    CALABASH — About 14 years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Burke committed suicide

    The Navy seaman was the son of Curt Wildemann’s cousin, MaryAnn Burke, the cousin of Curt Wildemann

    Fast forward to February 2016 when Wildemann, of Henderson, Nev., is in Seattle to visit a friend. While he was there, his brother Mike told him MaryAnn and her husband Ray were in Seattle, too, to participate in one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s national Out of the Darkness walks.

  • Texas rescue dogs welcomed by N.C. foster homes

    Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Lone Star State, not the least of which were its most helpless victims — pets who were either separated from their owners or in need of attention at inundated shelters.

    The week of Oct. 1, it was local animal groups to the rescue as volunteers with Wilmington-based Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, with assistance from Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Paws-Ability, traveled 1,200 miles down to a Houston shelter to fetch some dogs in need of new homes.

  • Sunset Beach councilman confronts candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Drama erupted at the end of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday when town councilman Richard Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern as he was speaking and two board members intervened.

    The incident occurred while Nern was speaking about park fees during public comment at the Oct. 17 morning meeting.

    “When there’s no (waterfront) market next year, remember how the vote went,” Nern said after a majority of council voted Tuesday to increase park usage fees.

  • Grand jury indicts six men in federal drug trafficking case

    Six alleged members and associates of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Wilmington have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, powder cocaine and crack cocaine following an investigation in which the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office participated, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Tuesday.

    Firearm charges are pending against four of the men, all of whom are from Wilmington.  

  • Treats for troops

    Local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the nation in donating their Halloween candy by bringing it to Coastal Pediatric Dentistry.

    The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to U.S. service members deployed overseas in harm’s way and to first responders serving at home.

  • Breakfast with first responders in OIB

    Enjoy a free breakfast while meeting firefighters and police officers from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn helpful safety tips while getting to know first responders who keep the community safe.

    In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Betty S. Williamson meeting room at 3 W. Third St.

  • NHBMC recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center will have local hairdressers in the lobby of the hospital to offer temporary pink hair extensions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 30.

    There is no set charge, but those interested can donate to the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation Breast Health Fund, which provides mobile mammography, financial assistance for mammography screenings and comfort items to newly diagnosed women with breast cancer.

  • Holden Beach Bridge lane closures begin Oct. 18

    Drivers crossing the Holden Beach Bridge/N.C. 130 over the Intracoastal Waterway will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18. The closures are needed for North Carolina Department of Transportation crews to safely inspect and perform routine maintenance work on various sections of the bridge.

    The closures will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons dies

    Former Calabash Mayor Anthony “Donnie” Clemmons, 78, died unexpectedly at his home Friday morning, Oct. 13.

    Clemmons served the town for more than two decades, on the town planning and zoning board from 1991-1999 and as a town commissioner from 1999-2007, finishing his municipal service with a four-year stint as mayor from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the local water quality board.