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  • McCrory addresses sheriff’s conference

     SUNSET BEACH — Gov. Pat McCrory touted his aggressive approach to drug addiction and mental health issues that are hampering the state’s criminal justice system as he addressed the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Annual Training Conference on Monday.

    The governor repeatedly said he wanted to lead from the front, spending more than an hour July 27 speaking to more than 200 people during the third day of the annual conference, from July 25 through July 29, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Brunswick County road construction frustrates motorists

     SHALLOTTE — Many motorists may feel like the Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte areas are the current road construction capitals of the world.

    Ongoing road construction at three different locations in and around the two towns has caused significant traffic delays as the North Carolina Department of Transportation continues work a roundabout at N.C. 179 and Hale Swamp Road, in addition to other road construction projects.

  • Virginia Williamson students produce anti-bullying film

     “I wonder why people hate me. Everyone finds it easy to bully me and it’s tough. It hurts me. I hate school. Some times I hate myself because of other people hating me. I wish I felt normal like other people.”

    That’s the opening monologue of a three-minute video Virginia Williamson Elementary School students produced earlier this month as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

    Virginia Williamson physical education teacher Nick Westfall spearheaded the effort to create the film and recruited the help of 12 fifth-grade students.

  • Leland firefighter accused of sex crimes involving girls

     A 49-year-old Leland firefighter accused of sexually exploiting girls faces 14 felony charges after his arrest Monday, July 27.

    Deputies arrested Brian David Saltsgaver, of Liz Lane, and charged him with indecent liberties, nine counts of felony disseminating obscenities and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Tuesday, July 28.

  • Lightning blamed for two Leland fires



    Lightning is being blamed for fires that destroyed a home and an amenities center in Leland last week.

    Scott Garner, Brunswick County’s fire marshal, said officials believe lightning strikes during a strong thunderstorm Thursday, July 23, sparked the two fires.

    One fire significantly damaged a home on Evangeline Drive in the Brunswick Forest community. A separate lightning strike hit the clubhouse at Waterberry Plantation in the Jackey’s Creek area.

  • Work starts on new medical facility for south Brunswick

    CAROLINA SHORES — Construction of a future 20,000-square-foot medical plaza for the south end of Brunswick County has officially launched.

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Novant Health facility took place Monday morning, July 27, at its future site at the corner of U.S. 17 and Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores.

    The new medical plaza will offer primary and specialty care as well as imaging services, according to Novant.

  • Kindred Spirit gets a new bench

    SUNSET BEACH — Thanks to Tom Thomas, people penning their thoughts at the Kindred Spirit mailbox have a new place to perch.

    Monday, the 82-year-old Atlanta resident rode a bicycle down to the popular sanctuary to view a newly installed, second bench he made for the site long renowned for its notebooks.

  • Pharmacy technician faces drug trafficking charges

    North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a  pharmacy technician who faces drug trafficking charges Monday, July 27.

    Two agents with the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit arrested Dustin Lee Holloman, 31, of Savannah Lane SW in Supply, on three felony counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance from a drug enforcement agent, a felony count of trafficking in opiates and misdemeanor possession of schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances.

  • Powerball winner, boyfriend face drug charges

    The 26-year-old woman who claimed $88 million in winnings from the Powerball lottery in February was cited on drug charges during a search of her home July 23 in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies searched Fontella Marie Holmes’ residence on Boverie Street in the Rutledge community off Gray Bridge Road that night.

    Holmes was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Supply man sought on felony charges turns self in

    A 19-year-old Supply man wanted on two felonies turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, July 22.

    Zachary Sky Matthews of Green Pine Drive faces breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Matthews is accused of breaking into a home on Lewis Street, damaging  the home’s front door and door frame, and stealing a microwave oven and electronics worth $250, warrants show.