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  • Man faces drug charges after SBI, Leland police investigation

    A Wilmington man accused of selling drugs in Brunswick County faces several charges following his Wednesday, April 15, arrest.

    An investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit and Leland police detectives led to the arrest of 36-year-old Anthony Antwan Mallette, which is charged with more than 30 counts of various drug violations, SBI spokeswoman Teresa West wrote in a news release.

    “Mallette was charged with conspiring to sell and selling heroin, oxycodone, morphine and crack cocaine,” West said.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen located

    Missing teen Antonio "A.J." Joseph Mills of Leland has returned home, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Friday morning.

    Antonio "A.J." Joseph Mills, 15, of Leland was reported missing Thursday morning, April 16, at North Brunswick High School where he is a student.

     

  • Permit issues main topics of OIB town board meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials agreed Tuesday, April 14, to start the permitting process for running their own beach renourishment projects, just in case they ever need to go it alone.

    Ocean Isle Beach staff hired Coastal Planning and Engineering to create a 30-year Beach Management Plan to maintain their beach from Shallotte Inlet to Tubbs Inlet.

    The town is part of the federal coastal storm damage reduction project which added 600,000 cubic yards of sand to the east end of the beach in 2006, 509,000 cubic yards in 2010 and 800,000 cubic yards in 2014.

  • Leland considers raising tax rate to increase police numbers

    LELAND — Leland officials are considering whether it’s time to increase services, which would increase the town’s tax rate.

    Town council members and staff reviewed department needs and budget options during a workshop Monday, April 13.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the town will have a budget somewhere around $9 million.

  • County budget talks lead to look at financing for park projects

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has decided to review its pay-as-you-go plan for capital improvements.

    The discussion about a shift in recent policy came at the April 8 budget workshop when the costs of park improvements came up.

    The county proposed making $4.5 million in renovations at Smithville Park in Southport in October 2014.

    At the budget workshop, the administrative staff revised the amount proposed to spend to $2.4 million, cutting out infrastructure and parking upgrades in fiscal year 2015-16.

  • County could increase taxes to maintain revenues

    BOLIVIA — To maintain the same amount of revenues after property revaluation, Brunswick County would have to implement a higher tax rate of 48.50 cents for 2015-16.

    County Manager Ann Hardy didn’t propose a tax increase, just provided the numbers to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during a two-day budget workshop April 8-9.

    The 2014-15 ad valorem tax rate is 44.25 cents.

    The property tax revaluation decreased property value by $359 million from $24,907,383,670 to $22,920,451,666.

  • Investigation leads to Leland traffic stop, two arrests and drug confiscation

    Two Wilmington men have been arrested after a months-long drug investigation by three law enforcement agencies led to a traffic stop near Leland on Monday afternoon, April 13.

  • Magazine names Sunset Beach top retirement destination

    Sunset Beach is one of eight coastal Carolina towns chosen as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire magazine.

    The Brunswick County beach town is featured in the latest May-June issue of the magazine in an article, “8 Coastal Camelots in the Carolinas.”

    Other North Carolina towns featured are Southport, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington. South Carolina coastal communities are Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Beaufort.

  • WBHS guidance counselor Mary Blackburn dies after two-year cancer battle

    Mary Blackburn, career development and special populations coordinator at West Brunswick High School, has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Blackburn, 68, died peacefully at her North Myrtle Beach, S.C., home surrounded by family Monday, April 13.

    In an interview with the Beacon in December 2013, Blackburn said the cancer was discovered after a colleague noticed she seemed to be losing weight.

    In April 2013, doctors diagnosed Blackburn with inoperable stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and her life was turned upside down.

  • Rabon's animal welfare bill calls for hotline

    Proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian, calls for establishing a hotline to report animal cruelty.

    Rabon is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 209, titled “Responsible Breeding/Prevent Cruelty.”

    The other two sponsors are state Sens. Trudy Wade, who is also a veterinarian, and Andrew Brock.

    The bill, introduced March 10, passed first reading March 11 and has been referred to the senate committee on rules and operations.