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  • Teachers work to prevent sexual abuse in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Karen Walker’s message to the Brunswick County Board of Education at its March 4 monthly meeting was clear.

    “We must do everything in our power to protect our children,” Walker said repeatedly.

    Walker, Brunswick County’s Teacher of the Year, is taking steps to address one area of safety concerns within the school system as she plans on hosting a sexual abuse awareness training session at the end of March.

  • English convicted of voluntary manslaughter in boyfriend’s death

     A jury convicted a Supply woman of voluntary manslaughter March 4 in Brunswick County Superior Court in the May 2012 death of her longtime boyfriend.

    Julie Ann English, 49, had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend of 11 years, Michael Anthony Pate, at the couple’s Oxpen Road home in Supply.

    Superior Court Judge Claire V. Hill sentenced English to serve 51 to 74 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

    With credit for nearly two years in custody, English could be released as early as 2016.

  • House passes flood insurance bill

     The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly March 4 to approve bipartisan legislation that would block dramatic increases in premiums paid by some property owners covered under the National Flood Insurance Program.

    The House bill, called the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which could be voted on by the U.S. Senate this week, rolls back key provisions of a 2012 law that would have eventually removed flood insurance subsidies and caused premiums to rise dramatically on homes in areas more prone to flooding.

  • No property tax increase expected in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Although they haven’t officially voted on a property tax increase, Brunswick County commissioners don’t plan on an increase in the coming year. Commissioners recommended maintaining the current tax rate of 44.25 cents per $100 of value, according to presentations during their Thursday, March 6, budget retreat.

  • Deputies find missing Shallotte woman, infant daughter safe

     Deputies have found a missing Shallotte woman and her infant daughter safe.

    Trish Elizabeth Whitley, 33, was last seen by her father Monday, March 3, about 4:30 p.m. at 1792 Chadwick Landing in Shallotte.

    She and her 1-year-old daughter, Imogen Whitley, were found safely early Friday evening, the  Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said.

  • Propane smell briefly empties Sunset Beach drugstore

    A possible propane problem led to evacuation of Walgreens in Sunset Beach on Friday morning, March 7.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said local firefighters responded after the smell of propane was detected around 7:50 a.m.

    The building was evacuated and aired out. Dempsey attributed the incident to a possible leak in the heating system of the drugstore at 852 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The drugstore was closed for about 30 minutes. By 8:30 a.m., employees and customers were allowed to go back inside the store, Dempsey said.

  • Agents arrest S.C. man after finding $27K in drugs

    A South Carolina man faces drug charges after agents said they found more than $27,000 in illegal drugs during a traffic stop Wednesday, March 5, near Calabash.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice-Narcotics Unit seized 174 grams of MDMA from Kyle Whitney Anderson’s black 2013 Chrysler 300 on U.S. 17, just across the state line, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Wilmington couple face 120 sex crimes involving child

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies have charged a Wilmington couple with 120 sex crimes involving a child.

    Amos Lavon Hardy, 36, of Carolina Beach Road, faces 70 counts of first-degree sex offense with a child, according to a sheriff’s office news release. 

    The charges are in addition to the four counts of sex offense in a parental role, three counts of statutory rape/sexual offense and second-degree rape Hardy was charged with Feb. 10, when he was first arrested and jailed.

  • Flurry of candidates file for elections by deadline

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis announced her intention to run for the N.C. Supreme Court last June, but waited until Friday, Feb. 28, the last day of the fi ling period, to make it known she is running for chief justice.

    Lewis became a Superior Court judge in the 13th Judicial District in 2000 and serves as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge representing Brunswick County.

    Her term does not expire until 2018, but Lewis said last year she felt a run for the state Supreme Court was the next step for her.

  • No more gated communities in Leland

    LELAND — Leland’s town board voted to change its ordinance to prohibit gated communities at the Feb. 20 meeting.

    The public hearing and discussion on the gated communities began in January and was continued for a month when commissioners asked for more information.