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  • Navigators available to help with health insurance marketplace, open enrollment

    ginning Nov. 3 to help residents navigate the health insurance marketplace during open enrollment and re-enrollment.

  • Shallotte burglary suspect nabbed in New Hanover County

    A Wilmington man wanted in a Shallotte burglary was nabbed in New Hanover County on Wednesday morning. 

    Brian Michael Gines, 27, of Beeson Court, has been charged with felony second-degree burglary, felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Gines was arrested by New Hanover County Sheriff's Office deputies at his place of work in New Hanover County Oct. 26. Flax declined to say which agency transferred Gines to Brunswick County. 

  • SBHS junior accused of sexual assault at homecoming event

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a South Brunswick High School junior accused of sexual assault during a homecoming bonfire Wednesday, Oct. 19.

    Jibri Ali Ballard, 16, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20, and charged with felony second-degree sex offense and misdemeanor sexual battery.

  • Nearly 11,000 BEMC customers experience brief outage Wednesday

    About 11,000 people in Brunswick County were without power for one hour and 20 minutes after a Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation transmission substation experienced a failure.

    The outage affected about 9,500 in the Leland-Winnabow area, more than 700 customers in the Bolivia area and more than 500 customers in the Supply area.

  • County lifts state of emergency for water line break

    Brunswick County lifted its State of Emergency at noon Friday as work on the bypass around the break in the water main nears completion, though water restrictions remain in place.
     
    Crews are undertaking the final steps to bring the bypass into operation. Once completed, crews will test the bypass to ensure it is operating correctly. If work continues without unexpected problems, this could take place over the weekend and Monday, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said in a news release.
     

  • Schools sustain hurricane damage

    Several Brunswick County Schools buildings sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request Oct. 4 to waive the requirement of three bids for work costing more than $10,000 if emergency repairs were needed at schools as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Although schools reported damage totaling $18,906, school district spokeswoman Swencki said the request did not have to be enacted because each project was handled individually and none of the individual projects costs exceeded $10,000.

     

  • Supply man faces felony sex crimes involving child

    A Supply man is accused of committing sex crimes against a child.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year-old Billy Joe Walton Jr. of Civietown Road on Wednesday, Oct. 12, on 17 felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and a felony count of disseminating obscenity to a child younger than 13.

    Warrants show Walton committed the crimes between July 12 and Oct. 12 against four victims, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Silver alert issued for missing Southport teen

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Southport teen.

    Gabrielle Grace Ryman, 15 of 415 West St., was last seen at her home Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, she is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.

    Ryman is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long at 279-2283.    

  • Shallotte police arrest three on multiple felony charges

    Three people are accused of depositing stolen checks to buy heroin between June and September.

    Christian Orion Russ, 24, of Longwood Road in Longwood, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 12, and charged with two felony counts each of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft, exploiting disabled/elderly, conspiracy, receiving money improperly from a bank machine and depositing money into a banking machine.

  • Leland committee receives business study results

    LELAND — Leland’s economic development committee finished the first town business survey in time to provide a brief overview of responses at its Oct. 13 meeting.

    The LEDC sent the survey to 352 businesses in July in an effort to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.