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  • Former Holden Beach commissioner Pat Sandifer dies

    Former Holden Beach commissioner Patricia “Pat” Sandifer died unexpectedly at her home Friday morning, Jan. 5, at age 77.

    Sandifer served the town as a commissioner from 1999-2001 and 2005-2007.

    She was also the owner of Holden Beach Properties, a real estate company on the island.

  • Three men face meth charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men on methamphetamine-related charges.

    Jamie Fernandes Rosario Eppard, 36, of W.W. Gene Lane in Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling ort place for a controlled substance, felony counts of conspiring to sell methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession.

    Warrants show Eppard conspired Dec. 18 with two others to sell methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Pastor snowballs into ‘N.C. Green Swamp Weather Rock’ fame

    When snow and ice befell the region last week, church pastor Anthony Clemmons did his part to turn the deep-freeze into a new enterprise.

    The longtime pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia virtually went viral after unveiling his “North Carolina Green Swamp Weather Rock” on weather videos posted on Facebook.

    By the end of the week, Clemmons found new fame with his broadcasts that were picked up by a Wilmington TV station.

  • Georgia man accused of using match.com to scam Southport woman

     

  • Carolina Shores lauds volunteers

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners kicked off the New Year recognizing its many volunteers at the board’s first workshop of 2018 on Monday, Jan. 8.

    Mayor Joyce Dunn presented certificates to members of the town’s volunteer environmental management advisory, business promotion and prosperity and civic health, wellness and recreation groups. She also recognized winners in the town’s photo contest and members of the Carolina Shores POA Architectural Control Committee for their contributions to the town.

  • Sunset at Sunset rears head in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — It was a “non-agenda” topic that dominated Sunset Beach Town Council’s first meeting of the year Monday night.

    At the start of the Jan. 8 meeting, council members approved removing from the agenda on a 3-2 vote councilman Richard Cerrato’s proposal to discuss management of the annual fall event, except for approving its date for this year of Oct. 6.

    Mayor Robert Forrester charged since 2010 Cerrato has opposed town control of the event and continues to reiterate the same things.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man matches words to win $150K lottery prize

    A love of crossword puzzles led Timothy Pope of Ocean Isle Beach to a $150,000 lottery win.
     
    “I like playing the crossword tickets,” Pope said in a North Carolina Education Lottery news release issued Tuesday afternoon. “I feel like they’re more entertaining.”
     
    Pope’s good luck happened when he bought a $5 Silver & Gold Crossword scratch-off ticket at the Clinton Express Mart on Libson Street in Clinton.
     

  • Deputies seek missing Southport teen

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating a Southport teenager they say was last seen Sunday night/Monday morning.

    Courtney Thomas, 16, was last seen at her home on Flagship Avenue around midnight on Sunday.

    She is described as a white girl standing 5-feet 3-inches tall and weighing an estimated 120 pounds. She has dark hair and brown eyes. It's not known what clothing she was wearing when she was last seen.

  • BEAT schedules Jan. 16 rally in Bolivia against offshore drilling

    Brunswick Environmental Action Team will hold a rally against offshore drilling at 5 p.m. Juesday, Jan. 16, in front of the David Sandifer Building at the County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    Immediately afterward, at 6 p.m., speakers will address Brunswick County commissioners and ask them to support a resolution opposed to offshore drilling.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners remains one of two governing bodies on the East Coast unopposed to seismic blasting and offshore drilling.

  • Coastal agency seeks new members

    The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is seeking applications from citizens and community organizations to fill vacancies on the local advisory committees for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve sites.

    The local advisory committees consist of citizens and representatives from community organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental partner organizations who provide division staff with guidance and feedback regarding program activities and management of the reserve sites.