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  • Holden Beach Parks and Rec honors late member

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board donated a plaque in member of former member Tom Decker.

    Parks and rec board member Christy Ferguson showed fellow board members the memorial plaque honoring Decker, a former board member who died last year. Ferguson said the plaque will be placed in Holden Beach’s PAR course. She said Decker was one of the driving forces behind the course as well as the exercise stations along the boulevard.

  • Bald Head Island man faces up to 30 years in prison

    A Bald Head Island man who served as Robeson County’s longtime attorney pleaded guilty to bank fraud in a real estate scheme expected to result in more than $18 million in losses, according to aU.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

    Joseph Hal Kinlaw Jr., 63, who entered the plea Wednesday, June 1, faces up to 30 years in prison and five years of supervised release, as well as a $1 million fine and an order of restitution to victims.

  • Belville reduces fire department contribution

    An unanticipated cost at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park fishing pier led Belville board members to cut back on funding for the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department.

    At Belville’s May 23 town meeting, budget discussions led into revisiting the fire department funding donation the board had approved for fiscal year 2016-17.

    Commissioners agreed to provide $22,500 for the Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department budget workshop March 19.

  • Commissioners co-sign Holden Beach project

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday a precedent-setting agreement to co-sign Holden Beach’s financing for a multi-million dollar beach management project.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett brought the financing proposal to commissioners at their May 16 meeting and the board brought it back for discussion at Tuesday’s budget workshop.

  • Tropical Storm Bonnie welcomes 2016 hurricane season early

    Brunswick County received a preview of hurricane season with the formation of Tropical Storm Bonnie on Saturday, a day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its hurricane season prediction for 2016.

    Bonnie made landfall just east of Charleston, S.C., Sunday morning, May 29.

    The National Weather Service office in Wilmington said the National Hurricane Center downgraded Bonnie to a tropical depression later Sunday and a post-tropical cyclone Monday.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of pawning stolen items

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of trying to sell to a pawnshop items he’d stolen from several people.

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstasy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • Posthumous Purple Heart for a World War I hero

    CALABASH — Ninety-eight years after a teenage hero died in World War I in 1918, his great-nephew paid tribute to him on Memorial Day 2016.

    Nearly a century ago, 16-year-old Robert Anthony Strzempek II, the son of Polish immigrants living in Scranton, Pa., lied about his age so he could join the Army on April 27, 1917, and fight in the First World War in Europe.

    Strzempek was killed in action in Cierges, France, on Oct. 18, 1918, two weeks before the armistice that ended the war was signed.

  • Sunset Beach meets as Senate Bill 875 passes Senate

    Senate Bill 875 has passed the North Carolina Senate on third reading Thursday morning, June 2, in Raleigh as Sunset Beach Town Council convened locally to address the town's next steps in response to the controversial bill to de-annex three portions of the town.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts and all five town councilors made statements before a roomful of concerned residents at the 11:30 a.m. special called town meeting Thursday before going into an hour-and-25-minute-long closed session to consult with town attorney Grady Richardson.

  • Sunset Beach closes fire station because of mold

    Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 at 7149 Old Georgetown Road has been closed until further notice because of mold.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker sent out a memo about the closure to town council members Tuesday.

    Parker said Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey plans to schedule a test to determine the type of mold in the four-year-old building and type of remediation.