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  • Counterfeit items seized during Shallotte store raid

     More than $60,000 in counterfeit merchandise was seized from a Shallotte store last week.

    Agents with the North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force raided Fresh Gear, a clothing store at 5285-1 Main St., on Dec. 15 and seized almost $63,000 in counterfeit items, including Air Jordans, Timberland boots and Northface and Nike clothing, according to a news release issued by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office last week.

    Liz Proctor, a spokeswoman with the Secretary of State’s Office, said the store was not shut down following the raid.

  • Judge dismisses hacking charges against SBHS student

     A District Court judge dismissed the charges against a South Brunswick High School student accused of hacking into the school district’s computer network.

    Judge Pauline Hankins dismissed misdemeanor accessing computers and computer trespassing charges against 17-year-old Onzel Dupree Ballard, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, on Dec. 8.

    Ballard complied with the terms of a formal deferred prosecution, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Gore said.

  • Three Leland teens face felony charges in shooting

     Three Leland teens accused of shooting at a home in Wilmington last week face felony charges in New Hanover County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Leland police arrested 19-year-olds Jerry Lamont Andrews, Eddie Lee Harvey III and Kyreame Lewis on Dec. 15 and took them to the New Hanover County jail where they were each charged with felony conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Lincoln Elementary’s White named regional principal of the year

     LELAND — Molly White deflected the attention she received after she earned one of the highest honors a school administrator can achieve.

    Last week, White, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, was named the North Carolina Southeast Region Principal of the Year and will compete for the state title against seven other finalists.

    Students and staff surprised White with a celebration of her accomplishment just after 2 p.m. in the school’s bus parking lot Friday, Dec. 18.

  • Overdose reversal medication saves lives in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — More than 100 lives have been saved in the last two months in Brunswick and New Hanover counties thanks to a powerful overdose reversal medication.

    Robert Childs, of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, said these lives couldn’t have been salvaged had it not been for naloxone, a synthetic drug that blocks opiate receptors in the brain and reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

  • Emergency services plans mass casualty training exercise

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Emergency Services will host a mass casualty incident exercise at the movie theater in Shallotte on Jan. 30.

    Emergency services director Brian Watts announced the upcoming exercise at the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting Dec. 10.

    Watts said the exercise will involve an inadvertent hazardous materials exposure.

    “We do that type of exercise once a year. This is a little different,” he said.

  • OIB board to settle bike path design in January

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle officials will take another month to finalize plans for a bike path along West First Street.

    At the Dec. 8 board of commissioners meeting, members gave tentative approval to the layout proposed for the multi-use path, with direction to send letters informing First Street property owners of the effect the path will have.

  • OIB board to make final decision on First Street bike path design in January

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH–Ocean Isle officials will take another month to finalize plans for a bike path along West First Street.

    At the Dec. 8 town meeting, board members gave tentative approval to the layout proposed for the multi-use path, with direction to send letters informing First Street property owners of the affect the path will have in front of their houses.

  • Holden Beach board dedicates parcourse to Decker

    Holden Beach’s outgoing commissioners’ final act as board members was to dedicate the town’s parcourse to parks and recreation board member Tom Decker, who died of cardiac arrest Nov. 11.

    Before retiring to Holden Beach, Decker was a collegiate All-American football player and standout running back for the State University of New York at Cortland and earned all-state honors on the baseball team. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and played two seasons for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the Canadian Football League, winning a Grey Cup in 1962.

  • BCAR releases data for November 2015

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales are slowing down as the cooler weather rolls in and the holiday season gets under way, but the county saw more home sales this November than during the same month in 2014.

    Additionally, the average sales price continues to increase every month, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.