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  • Calabash hops on microbrewery wagon

    CALABASH — Not one but two businessmen have expressed craft brewery aspirations in the Seafood Capital after the town board of commissioners last week approved a zoning change to accommodate such ventures.

    Lowell Puckett of Shallotte, who sought the change unanimously approved at the April 12 town board meeting, hopes to locate a brewery somewhere in town. Another man, Steve Stone of Calabash, said he, too, is interested in launching a local microbrewery.

  • Carolina Shores OKs pond study

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners has approved funding not to exceed $50,000 to study stormwater ponds.

    Approval came at the board’s monthly meeting April 7 to authorize additional funds to study town hall campus stormwater ponds, eliminate nuisance yard flooding and removal of trees.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall said it appears an engineering evaluation is needed to assure the system is functioning correctly. He cited trees that need to come out, justifying a need to study the topography as part of the study.

  • Bolivia forest fire 70 percent contained

    By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    BOLIVIA — A 1,600-acre woods blaze that broke out Tuesday afternoon between Clemmons and Midway roads off N.C. 211 is 70 percent contained, a forestry official said Wednesday.

    A power outage attributed to the fire and affecting approximately 50,800 meter locations also occurred shortly after midnight. 

  • Ash man accused of killing woman in Horry County, S.C.

    A 24-year-old Ash man has refused extradition to face a murder charge in Horry County, S.C., where he is accused of killing of a woman and dumping her body.

    Christopher Francis Kalb, who is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on an assault on a female charge in a separate case, refused extradition at a hearing Friday, April 15, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Leland couple face child abuse charges

    A Leland couple is accused of abusing three children in their care.

    Twenty-four-year-old Kellie Earle Hill and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Alexander Austin Dean, both of Sandy Hills Drive, were captured Monday, April 18, in Leland, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Hill is charged with six counts of misdemeanor child abuse and Dean faces three counts of the same crime.

  • Two motions stipulated in Vassey pre-trial hearing

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Two motions were stipulated Monday during a pre-trial hearing in the case against a former Southport police sergeant who shot a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago.

  • Teacher accused of sex crimes involving Va. boy

    A Shallotte Middle School math teacher is accused of sex crimes involving a boy she met while teaching in Virginia.

    Kathleen Antonina Capitano, 24, of Shallotte, was arrested Saturday, April 16, and charged with four felony counts of use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children younger than 15, according to the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department.

  • Sunset Beach police warn about impostor

    The Sunset Beach Police Department is investigating a complaint about a man who approached a woman on the beach near the fishing pier and portrayed himself as "Sunset Beach Patrol."

    The encounter occurred at 9:30 p.m. April 4, according to a notification sent out by the town. The man told the woman she could not have a dog on a leash on the beach and he needed her name and information to issue her a citation. The woman didn’t divulge any information because she knew she was violating no rules.

  • Detectives seek man in Southport theft case

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for a man who stole a thermostat from Lowe's Home Improvement store in Southport on Dec. 18, 2015.
    The man, described only as a slender white man with short dark hair, took the Nest device, valued at $250, off a shelf, hid it in the black hoodie he was wearing and walked out of the store at 5084 Southport-Supply Road at 3:50 p.m.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Seth Parmelee at 880-4881    

  • Former Carolina Beach reserve officer faces new charges

    A former Carolina Beach Police Department reserve officer faces charges in Brunswick County.

    Warrants show 29-year-old Joseph Adam Silva was charged Friday, April 8, with two counts of second-degree rape, sexual servitude and impersonating a law enforcement officer in incidents that happened sometime between Jan. 1-20.