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  • Supply man to serve nine years for sexually assaulting girls

    BOLIVIA — A judge sentenced a Supply man to serve at least nine years in state prison for committing sex crimes with two girls, the District Attorney’s Office said.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge James Gregory Bell sentenced 35-year-old Michael Charles Jacobs of Seashore Road to two consecutive sentences of 58 to 130 months in prison, with credit for time served, after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree sexual offense Wednesday, Jan. 4.

  • Southport man accused of cutting, terrorizing woman

    Oak Island police arrested a Southport man accused of breaking into a residence Dec. 27 and cutting a woman who was there.

    Charles Dean Holden, 53, of Frink Street was arrested Jan. 6 and charged with felony breaking and entering with intent to terrorize or injure, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor communicating threats.

    Warrants issued Dec. 28 show Holden broke into the home in the 100 block of Northwest First Street and used a steak knife to slash the woman’s hand, saying he would kill her. 

  • School board forgives two makeup days for staff

    SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Board of Education forgave two makeup days for employees of Brunswick County Schools as a result of Hurricane Matthew, as allowed by the state General Assembly.

  • Brunswick County escapes weekend snowfall

    Despite some slight precipitation and bitterly cold temperatures, Brunswick County was spared from last weekend’s snowfall over the Carolinas.

    “Farther inland, mainly Charlotte and north of Raleigh, 8 to 12 inches fell in some places,” said Steven Pfaff, warning coordinator meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “That’s why we were concerned people traveling out of the area might be getting impacts. Impacts were expected to be elsewhere for the most part.”

  • County escapes weekend snowfall

    Despite some slight precipitation and bitterly cold temperatures, Brunswick County was spared from last weekend’s snowfall over the Carolinas.

    “Farther inland, mainly Charlotte and north of Raleigh, 8 to 12 inches fell in some places,” said Steven Pfaff, warning coordinator meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “That’s why we were concerned people traveling out of the area might be getting impacts. Impacts were expected to be elsewhere for the most part.”

  • SBHS seniors honor Judge Hankins for mentoring

    BOLIVIA — Five years ago, she gave them a trip to the nation’s Capital. What she didn’t realize is that her gift to them had more influence than she knew.

    And to show their appreciation, two of the students Brunswick County District Court Judge Pauline Hankins took to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2011 through her Jubilee Outreach program thanked her by holding a luncheon for her Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse. 

  • OIB residents complain about eminent domain settlement

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Residents complained during Tuesday’s town board meeting about a mediated settlement in the town’s eminent domain lawsuit with OIP Beach NC LLC development company.

    The agreement allows the developer to have a 20,000-square-foot lot along Causeway Drive between Gatha Lane and East Second Street and retain a $1.25 million payment for the property, while the town keeps the rest of the property between Gatha Lane and East Second Street next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Cannon found in Cape Fear near Brunswick Town could be linked to site’s history

    Another piece of Brunswick Town history has come up from the bottom of the Cape Fear River.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site historian, said Norfolk Dredging Co. was working on maintenance along the Cape Fear River channel Dec. 21 when they discovered an eight-foot long, 18th Century cannon.

    “They use one of those clamshell devices that scoops material out of the water. It was in the clamshell,” McKee said. “It was an oops.”

  • Sunset Beach considers request for summer beach police officer

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has tabled until its next meeting next Tuesday, Jan. 17, a request for a temporary summer beach-patrol police officer.

    Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith submitted a cost analysis for the patrol that was reviewed by council members at their first meeting of the new year Monday, Jan. 9.

    The cost of outfitting one officer working eight hours per day at a rate of $15 an hour for 140 days of the season would be $19,407.

  • Storm, floodplain sessions scheduled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Post-storms and post-flooding, the town has scheduled two public sessions later this month to address both issues that have inundated the town.

    A storm-ready community training session with the National Weather Service is set for next Thursday, Jan. 19. The 10 a.m. session at town hall will address weather events and severe weather events, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.