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  • Shallotte Tractor Supply to host pet adoption event

    Tractor Supply Company in Shallotte at 5100 Main St. will host pet and livestock adoptions Saturday, June 17, with Southern Squeal, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Purina Days is an annual in-store event from June 14-18 that highlights pets and livestock, as well as the tools needed to properly care for them.

  • Lane closures under way on U.S. 17 bridge in Belville

    Motorists traveling on the U.S. 17 bridge over Jackeys Creek, two miles south of U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County, are encountering lane closures that started Monday, June 12. The closures are needed so state Department of Transportation crews can safely inspect the bridge and make any necessary repairs.

    Lane closures are in place daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. through Friday, June 16. One lane will remain open for traffic in each direction.

  • Sunset Beach concert postponed

    Because of rainy weather, the Sunset Beach Concert featuring Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot that was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7,  has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Village Park gazebo.

  • Tractor carrying liquid nitrogen overturns on U.S. 17

    A sprayer tractor with liquid nitrogen for crops overturned on U.S. 17 outside Leland after a crash May 31.

    the crash occurred May 31 when

    A woman driving a red four-door Buick north on the highway crashed into the back of the tractor, causing it to overturn and leak the liquid nitrogen, just before 10:45 a.m. near Zion Church Road, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Inman said.

    The woman, who was not identified, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for minor injuries and released later.

  • Holden Beach police remind beachgoers of parking rules

    HOLDEN BEACH — It’s May 28, the day before Memorial Day. A man and his daughter have come from out of town to visit his mother in Supply and hang out at the beach. About 12:30 p.m. that day, the man parks his white truck on a side road that is technically still Ocean Boulevard East, adjacent to Avenue A and Avenue B. About 3:30 p.m., he and his daughter return to his truck only to learn he and about 11 other vehicles have received $75 tickets.

  • Calabash woman accused of assaulting deputy

    A Calabash woman accused of resisting a public officer in April was arrested a month later on similar charges.

    Gloria Thomas, 76, was arrested May 29 and charged with misdemeanor assault on a government official/employee and resisting public officer.

    The recent incident happened at 2:09 p.m. May 29 at Thomas’ home in the 400 block of Wampee Street.

    A deputy responding to a domestic disturbance was using pepper spray on someone at the residence when Thomas pushed him off that person, warrants show.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to tax evasion

    A Leland man pleaded guilty to tax charges filed by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

    Wake County District Court Judge Louis B. Meyer III sentenced 31-year-old Daniel B. Leggett, of Olive Pine Way, to serve at suspended sentence of least five but no more than 15 months in prison and placed him on supervised probation for 60 months.

    Meyer also ordered Leggett to pay $6,174 in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service work within the first 12 months of probation and pay a $1,500 fine.

  • Southport woman injured after car crashes into store

    A Shoe Show employee was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a car crashed into the front of the Southport store Monday morning.

    An 89-year-old man drove his 2009 Nissan through the front of the store on North Howe Street at 10:50 a.m., according to a Southport police report. Witnesses told officers the man was pulling his car into a handicapped spot but pulled in too far, hitting the curb.

  • Three men injured in OIB boat explosion Friday

    A boat explosion Friday afternoon in the Intracoastal Waterway at Ocean Isle Beach injured three men.

    North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Master Officer Scott Pritchard identified the victims as boat operator and owner David Richard Martin Jr., 40, of Charlotte; passenger Jonathan Leslie Bickett, 35, of Charlotte; and Sea Tow employee Kendrick Stanley Schwarz, 24, of Brunswick County.

  • Residents question Leland’s budget increase

    LELAND — Leland officials heard from residents about the proposed 2017-18 budget plans at a June 1 public hearing, questioning a proposed increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented the budget at the May 18 town meeting with a substantial increase in the budget to $14.3 million. The budget for fiscal year 2016-17 was $10.8 million. The tax rate would increase from 18.33 cents to 26 cents.

    Hollis said the 7.67-cent tax rate increase to a 26-cent tax rate would hike the tax on a $212,000 home from $388.60 to $551.20, an increase of $162.60.