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  • Billboard easement bill topples in House vote in Raleigh

    By Laura Lewis, Lindsay Kriz and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    An amended bill to ease billboard regulations in North Carolina and wrest say-so from local governments failed Monday in Raleigh.

    Local governments would have lost say-so in regulating billboards if the provision had been approved.

  • Shallotte OKs 2017-18 budget without tax increase

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte is marking its 11th year without a tax increase with the passage of its 2017-18 budget, town finance director Mimi Gaither said.

    The 2017-18 fund balance for the year shows $5,512,000, with $4,009,393 in the Enterprise Fund and $1,762,500 for capital projects, according to the budget approved during a special meeting Thursday, June 22.

    A budget highlight sheet showed there will be no tax increase, with a tax rate at .35 per 100 with one cent equaling $62,000.

  • Sheriff’s office asks for help to find habitual felon

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted on felony charges.

    Deputies are searching for 30-year-old Corbett Lee McLean, who’s wanted for breaking into a home in the Supply area and stealing guns May 25, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    McLean will be charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny of firearms.

  • Leland police seek ID of Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a riding mower from Wal-Mart.

    The man parked his vehicle in front of Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard, loaded a Murray riding mower onto a trailer and left the store without paying for it.
    The release describes the thief’s vehicle as a dark-colored Ford Explorer with tinted brake light covers and black rims.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.

  • Three arrested on cocaine charges

    Three people, including a New Hanover County Schools custodian, were arrested in Brunswick County on cocaine charges in two separate cases.

    Leland police arrested Francine Stukes, 53, and Everett Jackson, 60, on June 20 and charged them each with selling crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of crack cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of crack cocaine.

  • "Armed and dangerous" man sought by deputies turns self in

    A man considered armed and dangerous by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office turned himself in peacefully Wednesday morning.

    Records show Douglas Anthony Blouin Jr., 35, was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday.

    Blouin has been charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and assault with a deadly weapon relating to an incident on Friday, June 23, when the sheriff's office says Blouin assaulted someone and shot into a home on Landing Road in Shallotte.

  • Residents rally to save Sunset Beach market that’s not closing

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents responding to rumor were told Monday night there are no plans to shut down the Waterfront Market.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato accused fellow councilman John Corbett of spreading “fake news” in connection with the seasonal market, which Corbett’s wife Carol helps run on Thursdays in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said several times she had only questioned fees being charged for the market and there were no plans to close it.

  • Teen dies after falling off third story balcony in Holden Beach

    A 19-year-old from the Charlotte area died after falling from a third-story balcony of a Holden Beach residence Friday night.

    The man’s identity will not be released per request of the family, Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said, adding the town sends its condolences.

    Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tri-Beach Fire Department and Brunswick County EMS personnel and Holden Beach police and were dispatched to the home on Sand Dune Lane at 7:07 p.m., Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson said in a news release.

  • Duke Energy shows off Brunswick Nuclear Plant environmental safety measures

    SOUTHPORT — The Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport has its own turtle patrol just like most Brunswick County beach towns.

    But the Duke Energy plant isn’t tracking turtle nests. It’s protecting turtles and other marine life from the intake that draws one million gallons of water per minute into the plant.

    For large animals like sea turtles that can find the nuclear plant’s 300 foot wide intake canal inviting, Duke Energy made an upgrade to a diversion structure, a type of sea gate, so turtles can’t swim through.

  • Patient, EMTs recall rescue from cardiac arrest

    SUPPLY — On May 10, 76-year-old Theodore Racz of Sunset Beach began his tri-weekly kidney dialysis at Fresenius Kidney Care Brunswick County in Supply as usual. The treatment, which removes waste from the body after a person’s kidneys fail, usually lasts about five hours for him.

    About 30 minutes into it on this day, however, he said he “felt like I was hit by a baseball bat in the chest.

    “I called out to the nurse and that’s the last thing I remember.”