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  • 'Sunset Beach West' plans outlined across Mad Inlet

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has begun reviewing plans to develop 23 plats west of 40th Street and Mad Inlet on the Sunset Beach island.

    At an hour-long meeting last Friday, May 23, a town technical review board scrutinized plans by Sunset Beach West LLC for a 23-plat subdivision.

    Sandy Wood, building inspections director for the town, said the property in question was sold about two months ago by Sunset Beach businessman/developer Ed Gore to Sammy Varnam and other unnamed partners affiliated with property owner Sunset Beach West LLC.

  • Lawsuits voluntarily dismissed against Saunders

    Plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed lawsuits against developer Mark Saunders and his affiliated companies on claims of unfinished work in four of Saunders’ developments.

    An attorney representing the plaintiffs said they plan to refile the lawsuit in the near future, however.

    The dismissal in North Carolina Business Court relates to lawsuits claiming delays in completion in Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Palms, Rivers Edge Plantation and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

  • Sunset Beach scrutinizes proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — In light of a proposed tax increase, residents are watching as town council continues combing through the town’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

    At a work session attended by a roomful of residents May 21, council members grilled town department heads, including town finance director Donna Rogers, as line-by-line they pored over itemized expenses.

  • Fire destroys Supply thrift store

     A clerk at The Rose of Sharon Thrift Store suffered slight injuries in a fire that destroyed the building early Friday afternoon, May 23.

    The store clerk suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, but was not taken to the hospital, said David Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    The store, at 2060 Holden Beach Road, is sponsored by Sharon United Methodist Church.

    There were three or four volunteers inside the store when the fire started, Sharon Methodist Pastor Eddie Hill said.

  • Motion for change of venue denied for Southport man accused of human trafficking

     A judge denied a motion for a change of venue in the trial of a Southport man accused of human trafficking and promoting the prostitution of a minor.

    Kyle Bradley Wolfe, 21, was arrested in May 2013 and indicted in September on two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor, two counts of supervising, supporting or protecting minors for prostitution and two counts of human trafficking of a child victim.

    On May 19, Wolfe’s lawyer, Adrian Iapalucci, filed a motion for a change of venue, saying pretrial publicity could influence jurors.

  • Beaver blamed for sinkhole on Supply road

     A beaver is being blamed for the washout of portions of Sunset Harbor Road on Saturday morning, May 24.

    The beaver blocked a culvert running under the road near the junction with Retreat Street SE, which is located near Winding River Plantation in Supply, causing a massive sinkhole about 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep dividing two sections of the road.

    The damage was discovered about 7 a.m. Saturday, May 24, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper K.E. Herring said.

  • Wilmington man indicted in Leland murder

     A Wilmington man has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in Brunswick County.

    James Ketchum, of 321 Hooker Road, was indicted by a grand jury April 7 on a first-degree murder charge.

    In a separate indictment, Ketchum is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a female, stemming from a Jan. 4 armed robbery at the Pop Shop, a convenience store at Village and South Navassa roads in Leland.

  • ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ comes to West Brunswick

     SHALLOTTE — The “Little Theatre” has turned into the “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    The West Brunswick High School theatre department performed “Little Shop of Horrors,” which is directed by students Keyanna Alexander and Teresa Nieto, on May 23-24, and is preparing for two more performances of the musical Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

    The shows begin at 7 p.m. inside the “Little Theatre” on the campus of West Brunswick High School. Admission is $5 and children 5 and younger are admitted free.

  • Woman accused of threatening officer who killed her son

     A Boiling Spring Lakes woman is accused of threatening a Southport police officer, who is charged with killing her son, and the officer’s family.

    The lawyer for Bryon Vassey, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of Keith Vidal, filed a motion to obtain footage he said shows Vidal’s mother threatening Vassey’s wife.

    The lawyer for Vidal’s family, however, says it is a case of mistaken identity.

  • Leland man indicted on 20 counts of assault

     A Leland man who was shot by police during a DWI checkpoint last year has been indicted on 20 deadly weapon assault charges.

    Antoine Levar Graham, 26, was indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury Feb. 24. He was charged with 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and felony conspiracy.

    Graham is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,021,000 bail.