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  • Consortium seeks ways to protect coastal communities

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — During the week of July 4 in 2013, four people drowned while swimming in the waters of Brunswick County beaches.

    Coastal community leaders want to make sure towns are protected in the future.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses two years ago released on parole

     A man convicted of three felony sex offenses more than two years ago and sentenced to 10 years in state prison has been approved for release on parole.

    Albert R. Baldwin was approved for parole Friday, April 17, after serving two years of a 10-year sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    Baldwin was convicted of two counts first-degree sexual offense and statutory rape and sex offense Oct. 4, 2012, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Former Leland officer convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison

     A former Leland police lieutenant was sentenced to 20 years in South Carolina state prison last week after pleading guilty to a pair of attempted murder charges.

    Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman sentenced 40-year-old Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply to serve 20 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections on two counts of attempted murder. The attempted murder charges were levied upon Smith after he led officers on a high-speed chase from Supply to South Carolina in September.

  • Supply woman faces drug trafficking charges

     A Supply woman is accused of trafficking prescription pills.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 50-year-old Dori Duke Maultsby-Nehilla, of Pine Knoll Lane, on four counts of trafficking opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Initial budget draft suggests 6-cent tax hike in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town staff is recommending an ad valorem tax increase to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation for the 2015-16 town budget.

    The increase over the current rate of 10.5 cents is based on four components outlined by town finance director Bonnie Schwerd at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, April 21.

  • Students thrive at Charter Day School’s FASTAR competition

     LELAND — Students at Roger Bacon Academy’s Charter Day School (CDS) in Leland have been preparing for the FASTAR competition since returning to school from winter break in January.

    Their preparation culminated on the school’s Leland campus when students participated in the 11th annual NASCAR-based competition Tuesday, April 21.

    FASTAR is an academic competition for students in kindergarten through fifth grade that revolves around a NASCAR theme.

  • OIB budgets money for terminal groin permitting

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials at Ocean Isle Beach mulling the possibility of installing a terminal groin on the east end of the island have budgeted money for the groin’s permitting stages.

    During a budget workshop Friday, April 17, town officials once again discussed the terminal groin, which has been hotly debated in Brunswick County as several concerned citizens in Sunset Beach have voiced concerns about the potentially negative impact the it could have on their town’s beach.

  • Supply woman accused of violating state school attendance law

     Deputies jailed a Supply woman accused of allowing her son to miss too many days of school.

    Jerri Brewer Collis, 48, was arrested April 2 on a misdemeanor school attendance law violation after she failed to bring her son, a student at Cedar Grove Middle School, to school the required amount of days, a warrant shows. She was briefly incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Brunswick County prepares to close Adult Health Clinic

    Brunswick County Health Services staff are working to help patients transition to new health care providers in preparation to close the Adult Health Clinic by June 1.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the clinic’s closure at its regular meeting Monday night, April 20.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant assessment open house April 28

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have scheduled an open house for Tuesday, April 28, to provide information on the agency’s assessment of the two units at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant during 2014.

    The informal open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport. There will be informational posters and NRC staff will be available to answer questions about the safety performance of the Brunswick plant as well as overall NRC oversight and inspection.