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  • ‘Hands Across the Border’ checking station nets 10 DWI arrests

     CAROLINA SHORES — A traffic checkpoint at the North Carolina and South Carolina state line netted 10 driving while impaired arrests Friday night, Aug. 28, and Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

    Led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the “Hands Across the Border” checkpoint took place on U.S. 17 at the state line. One of the sheriff’s office’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Units (or BATMobile) was at the site.

  • U.S. Marshals arrest Calabash man wanted in South Carolina

     U.S. Marshals arrested a Calabash man wanted on a sex crime charge in South Carolina Monday, Aug. 31.

    A team of marshals arrested 32-year-old Leonardo Jimenez Romero, of Pineclair Drive SW, at a construction site inside the St. James community about 2 p.m. Monday, U.S. Marshal Bryan Konig said.

    Jimenez Romero was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he is awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

  • Residential real estate sales, average prices increase

    By Sam Hickman and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales and average sales price increased “considerably compared to the previous year,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in an Aug. 27 news release.

  • Expansion under way at Brunswick Family Assistance

    SHALLOTTE — Fred Stephens had mixed feelings as he stood in the newly expanded headquarters of Brunswick Family Assistance last week.

    “I hate the thought of expanding services, but really still 7.1 percent (of Brunswick County residents) are unemployed,” said Stephens, BFA’s executive director.

    He added between 3,900 and 4,000 people have seasonal low-paying service-industry jobs, and a lot don’t have health insurance.

  • 102-year-old chess player is king of the boards

    HICKMANS CROSSROADS — He’s been strategically maneuvering rooks, bishops and pawns for four decades, and he’s not about to stop now.

    Ralph Ashby, founder of the Grand Strand Chess Club that meets and plays weekly at Hickmans Crossroads Library, turned 102 on July 31.

    The centenarian keeps on going like energetic chess royalty, regularly showing up for the Tuesday afternoon gatherings at the county library branch on Calabash Road where, from 1 to 4 p.m., the chess club has the library meeting room all to itself for its weekly games.

  • Sheriff’s office offers $1,000 reward in break-in spree

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help to find the people who are breaking into and stealing from homes in the Winnabow and Leland areas.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a $1,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crimes, which have occurred in the past week, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • BCAR names Cumbie new CEO

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) Board of Directors has named Cynthia Cumbie as its new CEO.

    Cumbie previously served as multiple listing service (MLS) director and has acted as interim CEO since Steve Candler’s departure in May. Candler resigned to take a similar position in Bozeman, Mont., after serving as BCAR CEO since 2005.

  • Calabash man, passenger die in single-vehicle crash

    A 59-year-old Calabash man and his passenger died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, Aug. 27.

    Robert L. Gross, of Pineclair Drive, was driving a gold, four-door Ford Taurus at 10:20 p.m. on Thomasboro Road on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete culvert in a drainage ditch, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Gross and his front-seat passenger, 44-year-old Timothy Jones of Stanley, N.C., the owner of the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene, Crocker said.

  • Brunswick County inmate dies in apparent suicide

    A female inmate died Monday, Aug. 31, after being found unresponsive at the Brunswick County Detention Facility the day before.

    Heather Johnson, 35, died at 12:09 a.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to a news release issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility officers discovered Johnson unresponsive in her cell as a result of an apparent suicide attempt at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Two injured in Sunday morning shooting in Bolivia

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting that left two men injured.

    Terrance Laquinn Jones, 40, and Fredrick Williams Jr., 34, were shot about 12:50 a.m. Sunday during a card game at a residence at 2850 Brown Road in Bolivia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Both victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where they were treated for their injuries and released, Flax said.