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  • New bloodhounds fitting in nicely at sheriff’s office

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Powell recently returned from a weeklong seminar in York County, S.C., in which he and his bloodhound K-9 partner, Star, received training.

    The trip to York County, near the border of the two Carolinas, was a homecoming of sorts for Star, who was donated by the York County Sheriff’s Office to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in May.

    Star and her fellow bloodhound K-9, Missy, are now permanent members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

  • Falcone’s owners move south, bring their restaurant along

    LELAND — Plenty of current Brunswick County residents made the move to North Carolina from “up north.”

    When Orazio Falcone and Dianeth Kingsbury made that move they brought a slice of home with them by opening Falcone’s Italian Restaurant.

    Falcone is originally from Sicily, where he was born and raised. He first moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1971 and came to the United States for good in 1980.

    “That’s when I set the goal to be in the restaurant business,” Falcone said.

  • Lottery winner's boyfriend released after posting $12M bail

    The boyfriend of Powerball lottery winner Fontella Marie Holmes was released from jail Sunday morning after posting $12 million bail.

    Thirty-one-year-old Lamarr Andre McDow was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility early Saturday morning, Jan. 2, more than four days after he was arrested on a charge of violating the terms of his pretrial release, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Southport man charged with felony larceny

     A Southport man accused of stealing a golf cart last week faces a felony charge in Brunswick County.

    Michael Dwayne Holland was arrested Dec. 23 and charged with felony larceny, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Holland, 30, of River Road in Southport, is accused of stealing a $1,100 EZ-GO golf cart from someone else’s property Dec. 9, a warrant shows.

    He was incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released after posting $10,000 bail, Flax said. 

  • Felony sex crimes charges against Shallotte man dismissed in court

    Multiple felony sex crimes charges against a Shallotte man were dismissed in Brunswick County Superior Court two weeks ago.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Thomas Nicholas Tribble of Salem Lane on Aug. 1.

    They charged him with 22 counts of second-degree sexual offense.

    Those charges were dismissed Dec. 14, according to Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s Office records.

  • Historic church celebrates 81 years

    There was plenty of singing, celebrating and congregating as members observed the 81st anniversary of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Sunday night, Dec. 20.

    That’s a long time, church deacons Vonnie Gause, Wallace Berkley and John Marlow observed at the start of the two-hour-long celebration, but they knew the Lord could handle that. After all, they said, he’d handled it “from there till now.”

    The church’s current congregation is coming behind the ones who made it happen, not without struggle and effort.

  • Holden Beach, Leland parks receive PARTF grants

    Two Brunswick County towns will receive funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF).

    Holden Beach will receive $183,370 for amenities to add to Bridgeview Park across the street from the town hall, while Leland has received $217,500 for the next phase of Westgate Nature Park. PARTF grants require a 50 percent match of funding provided if a town is approved.

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    Holden Beach missed out on PARTF funds when it first applied in December 2013, but tried again in December 2014.

  • Holden Beach board approves new noise ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach’s four newest commissioners caused a stir by introducing noise ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats Dec. 8.

    They didn’t back down to resistance from residents, approving the majority of their proposed changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

    John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal were elected in November and sworn in along with Ken Kyser, the only incumbent re-elected, at the Dec. 8 meeting.

  • Bolivia Fire Department dedicates land for new station

    BOLIVIA — Following the annual Christmas parade down Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia on Saturday morning, Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department hosted a land dedication for its future community building.

    The fire department normally hosts a post-parade visit from Santa Claus for photos and refreshments at the fire department at 119 Green Lewis Road SE.

  • Reeveses earn Leland COTY award

    LELAND — Santa and Mrs. Claus received an early Christmas present of their own at the Leland town meeting Dec. 17.

    Scott and Connie Reeves received Mayor Brenda Bozeman’s Citizens of the Year award Thursday.

    Bozeman chose the couple, who operate Azalea Plaza Estates Mobile Home Park on Old Fayetteville Road, because they are ubiquitous participants at town and community events.