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  • OIB preps for Comprehensive Land Use Plan, oyster festival

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials selected the Cape Fear Council of Government to develop the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at the town’s Tuesday, July 12, meeting.

    Deputy Town Administrator Justin Whiteside said the town has received a $15,000 grant from the Division of Coastal Management to help fund the land use plan.

    Whiteside said the COG’s $30,000 estimate included in their proposal was the lowest bid town staff received for the project.

  • Columbus County transportation projects top Brunswick, Pender priorities

    The Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) approved a priority list of regional projects it is seeking to fund in the next update of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The CFRPO, which consists of representatives of Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Cape Fear Council of Governments, met July 6 in Leland.

  • Storms cause some damage as Hurricane Bertha 20th anniversary arrives

    While the summer sun has come out for vacationers, bouts of severe weather have impacted Brunswick County in different ways over the past few weeks.

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said a July 3 lightning strike at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant damaged radio equipment used in operating water pumps.

    A redundant system is connected at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center in Supply stopped working about 6 a.m. July 8 because of a power surge.

  • Burr returns county MSA issue to Congress

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr re-introduced a measure to require the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to consider Brunswick County part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), instead of the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA.

    Burr attached an amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations Act of 2016 to require the OMB to accurately measure the economy and population of the Wilmington area, including Brunswick County.

  • Man arrested in SC in Longwood robbery

    A Longwood man wanted in an armed robbery in Brunswick County in April was captured in South Carolina on July 3.

    Georgetown police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille Rasheed Vereen at 4:30 a.m. and booked at the Georgetown County Detention Center on a charge of disorderly conduct.

    Both Vereen and 32-year-old Senneca Lamar Flowers are accused of stealing a 22-year-old man’s cell phone and wallet before hitting him in the head with a handgun April 26 in the 2000 block of Longwood.

  • Two indicted in separate drug trafficking cases

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted two people on drug trafficking charges in separate cases June 27.

    ·      Christy Chatfield, 39, of Graham Drive in Leland, conspiring to sell/deliver marijuana, trafficking opium/heroin and felony cocaine possession. She was arrested on the charges March 23 and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility that day on $750,000 bail.

  • Garden of ideas to grow at Lincoln Elementary

    LELAND — Sudents and faculty came together Wednesday, July 6, to break ground on a new garden at Lincoln Elementary School.

    The Garden at Lincoln Elementary, located in the school’s courtyard, will serve not only as a place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, but also to help expand the minds of the students who will tend to it.

  • Grand jury indicts five men on sex crime charges

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted five men on sex crime charges in separate cases June 27.

  • Leland man charged in June robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Leland man Monday, July 11, involved in an armed robbery last month.

    Darrin Darnell Lee, 27, of Smith Trail, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, in addition to two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

    Warrants show Lee threatened a man with a handgun to steal his debit card, driver’s license and $800 on June 16.

  • Ash man accused of killing ex-girlfriend to see judge Aug. 11

    BOLIVIA — An Ash man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend did not appear in front of a Brunswick County judge Monday, July 11, as originally scheduled

     Instead, Chris Kalb, 24, of Ash-Little River Road, will face a judge Thursday, Aug. 11, for an extradition hearing and a hearing on an unrelated assault on a female charge.