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  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • Teacher of the Year addresses LGBT bullying issue

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year Kayce Smith has publicly addressed the school board several times with concerns about bullying in the school system.

    At the June 2 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, Smith spoke about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a group she feels has been “marginalized” in recent years.

  • School board OKs principal, assistant principal changes

     BOLIVIA — Following closed session at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting June 2, board members approved several personnel changes that will change leadership at six schools in the 2015-16 school year.

    Kelly Andrews, principal of Belville Elementary, will transfer to Bolivia Elementary where she will serve in the same capacity, effective July 1.

  • School district seeks input on uniform policy

     School district administrators are asking for the public’s input regarding the implementation of a school uniform policy for elementary and middle schools.

    Parents of all Brunswick County elementary and middle school students, as well as school staff, have been asked to offer their opinions on it through a brief online survey, can be found on the “News” tab of the district website, bcswan.net, or on the Brunswick County Schools Facebook page. Paper copies are also available in the main office of each school. 

  • Marshals arrest Lenoir County man in Leland

     The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted in a Lenoir County shooting in Leland on Wednesday, June 3.

    Daesean Lindrae Johnson, 20, of Kinston, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury in the May 28 shooting, jail records show.

    No other details of his arrest were provided.

    Johnson is incarcerated at the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center in Kinston on $500,000 bail.

  • Man accused of sexually assaulting girl in Brunswick County

     A Castle Hayne man is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 19-year-old Kymond Juantorey Auther on Saturday, June 6, and charged him with first-degree sex offense with a child.

    Auther is accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 between July 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014, a warrant shows.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail. 

  • Leland woman charged with insurance fraud

     A Leland woman is accused of falsely claiming stolen property to an insurance company for reimbursement.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Rebecca McKinney Spencer was arrested June 1 on charges of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

    Spencer is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $4,000 from American Modern Home Insurance Co. by claiming jewelry and electronics had been stolen from her apartment in January.

  • Southport police chief announces retirement

     Southport is actively searching for its next police chief after Jerry Dove announced his retirement from the position last week.

    Dove is in his 49th year as a law enforcement officer. His retirement is effective Oct. 1.

    Southport Mayor Robert Howard said Dove was a loyal servant to the Southport community and, more importantly, “a dear friend.”

  • Community tips leads to arrest of 3 men on drug charges

    Community tips and complaints led to the arrest of three men, including a gang member, on drug charges Friday, June 5, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Twenty-seven-year-olds Zane Alan Williams, a validated gang member, and Michael Jorrel Stanley, both of Ward Road in Longwood, are each charged with trafficking heroin, conspiring to traffic heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, the release said.

  • Deputies seize 19 dogs, charge Belville man with animal cruelty

    A 66-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after an alleged puppy mill bust at his Belville home.

    Deputies charged Clenton M. Howard with misdemeanor cruelty to animals after searching his home at 409 Glendale Drive at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4.

    During the search, deputies seized 19 miniature pinschers, also known as “min pins,” according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Thursday afternoon.