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  • Fire destroys Sunset Beach home

    A Sunset Beach couple lost their home Wednesday afternoon to a fire attributed to a smoking-related cause.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the mostly wood three-story house at 514 Twisted Oak Lane was fully involved when his department arrived at the scene of the fire relayed by 911 dispatch at 3:11 p.m. March 15.

    The couple and their pets were able to escape the blaze that erupted and was quickly spread by wind blowing Wednesday afternoon.

  • County woods fire quelled

    A woods fire that led to evacuations last week has been quelled.

    The blaze started as a controlled burn Thursday, March 9, that got out of control, flared up again and led to the closure of a portion of Makatoka Road in the Ash and Supply area Friday afternoon, March 10.

    Fire officials said between 60 to 100 acres burned, and some homes were threatened.

    By 4:30 p.m., Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said, the fire was 50 to 60 percent contained and only a small portion of Makatoka Road remained closed because of smoke.

  • Roomful of residents bring questions about The Farm at Brunswick

    CAROLINA SHORES — A roomful of residents brought questions about development plans in The Farm at Brunswick to the March 9 Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting.

    Foremost were questions about a development agreement approved by commissioners as proposed by developer D.R. Horton for phases 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 as well as a planned residential development (PRD) that is to be “age-restricted,” aka a “55-and-over community.”

  • Fire fatality attributed to smoking at Southport assisted living facility

    An elderly resident of Carillon Assisted Living of Southport died from injuries she received from a smoking-related fire that broke out at the facility the morning of March 4.

    Joan Dolores Vannoordt, 79, was critically injured and later died from injuries caused by the fire attributed to an oxygen tank that ignited and exploded at the facility at 1125 E. Leonard Road.

  • ‘From Boys to Men’ mentoring program launches at West Brunswick High School

    SHALLOTTE — Their ages range “from boys to men,” inspiring the title of a new mentoring program that launched last week at West Brunswick High School.

    For the program’s March 8 kickoff, they converged in the school media center to share sandwiches and biographies about their lives.

  • Gause announces retirement as Shallotte police chief

    SHALLOTTE — Police Chief Rodney Gause announced his plans to retire this year at the March meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen. Gause, who has been chief since 1988 said he would retire effective July 1.

    Gause began his law enforcement career in Shallotte in 1981. On June 2, 1982, he began working full time. He was 28 when he became chief, the youngest police chief in North Carolina.

    “June 2 equals 35 years for me,” he said. “I’ve got four grandkids. I want to spend more time with them.”

  • County board to hear rezoning request for assisted living facility

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will have to decide if zoning will be approved to allow an assisted living facility to be built along U.S. 17.

    Despite two meetings’ worth of discussion, the county planning board could not support the developer’s plan to build across from a neighborhood on Old Shallotte Road NW.

    Representatives from Brunswick Community and Assisted Living came before the planning board at the Feb. 13 and March 13 meetings, seeking rezoning of a parcel at 5220 Ocean Highway W. (U.S. 17).

  • OIB terminal groin approved, town plans to build in November

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach cleared the last hurdle to building a terminal groin on the east end of the island when officials received their Army Corps of Engineers record of decision permitting the project Feb. 28.

    Now town officials are prepping to be ready to begin building by November.

    At the March 14 town meeting, board members unanimously approved a pre-construction services contract with Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina to develop the final design, construction plans and contract bids for the terminal groin.

  • Man sentenced for selling cocaine in Leland

    A Wilmington man will spend at least seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges in Brunswick County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 8.

    Judge C. Winston Gilchrist sentenced 36-year-old Wendell L. Ray to serve a minimum of 88 months to a maximum of 118 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after Ray pleaded guilty to two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Warrants: Ash man broke into store twice in three weeks

    A 31-year-old man is accused of breaking into the same Ash store twice in three weeks.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Jordan Norris, of Alligator Road NW in Ash, on Thursday, March 9, and charged him with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods or property and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Norris broke a window at Ash Grocery, 3892 Whiteville Road, on Feb. 24 and again March 7.