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  • Man arrested, charged in Southport robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44-year-old man accused of robbing a Southport business less than an hour after the crime was reported Monday, June 23.

    A man walked into Tobacco Road Outlet just after 3 p.m. and demanded cash from the clerk, threatening her with bodily harm, and fled according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    The clerk was not injured and the robber got away with $217, a warrant shows.

  • County in the final stages of selling old hospital property

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday afternoon that has placed the county in the final stages of the closing process for the sale of the old community hospital property.

    During the meeting Friday, June 26, commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to confirm the sale of the property that formerly was home to Brunswick Community Hospital to Centre Development Company, formerly Excel Medical Development Group.

  • Children continue shark attack recoveries

    A teenager who lost most of his left arm during a shark attack June 14 off the coast of Oak Island has been released from a Wilmington hospital, while a 12-year-old who lost part of her left arm and leg during a separate shark attack that day is recovering from her injuries at a Chapel Hill hospital.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been released from the hospital in good condition, just four days after being maimed during a shark attack early near a public beach access at 55th Avenue on Oak Island.

  • Supply brothers accused of trafficking LSD

     Two brothers from Supply are accused of trafficking LSD in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 29-year-old Seth Anthony Lupek and 27-year-old Tobias Ian Lupek on June 16 after a search of their Woodard Road residence.

    The Lupeks each have been charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of trafficking LSD.

  • Local anglers sound off on shark attacks

     Last week, two children lost limbs in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart on Oak Island.

    Afterward, people throughout the region offered various theories as to why the rare attacks could happen so close together on a Brunswick County beach.

    Capt. Buster Gillis, who owns and operates Buster’s Outdoor Guide Service from Holden Beach, cites overpopulation as the primary reason for the attacks, which he said didn’t surprise him.

  • Force main installation causes traffic delays on Ocean Isle Beach Road

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Brunswick County and Ocean Isle Beach agreed to merge their sewer systems in November 2012. Two-and-a-half years later, the county is working on a project that will provide additional water and sewer capacity for the town.

  • Smart Start tabs Gabriel as new executive director

     The local Smart Start branch will be under new leadership in Brunswick County beginning July 1 when executive director Linda Gironda’s retirement takes effect.

    The Smart Start Board of Directors announced Helen Gabriel would fill Gironda’s role beginning next month, according to a news release issued Tuesday, June 23.

    Gabriel has worked for Smart Start since 2007 and provided program and evaluation direction to Smart Start programs and oversight of the North Carolina Pre-K program in Brunswick County.

  • Beachgoers leery about entering water after shark attacks

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A week after two children each lost an arm in separate shark attacks on Oak Island, Brunswick County beaches remained crowded as thousands of tourists flocked to the area for a weeklong vacation.

    While many of those individuals never thought twice about swimming in the Atlantic before last Sunday’s shark attacks on Oak Island, several people are now entering the ocean with trepidation.

  • Brunswick County drug agents assist in heroin bust

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents assisted New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Wilmington police in the arrest of four men and seizure of heroin Wednesday, June 17, in Wilmington.

  • Beach towns respond in wake of shark attacks

    Brunswick County’s six incorporated beach towns have been keeping an eye out for sharks after recent attacks but have no immediate plans to change the way they monitor the oceanfront.

    Tim Holloman, town manager at Oak Island, where a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy each lost an arm in shark attacks June 14, said his town’s regular beach patrol consists of voluntary beach ambassadors and the police department periodically traveling up and down the beach.

    “We typically don’t have any extra patrols at this time,” Holloman said.