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  • Families come together to remember victims of violent crimes

    WILMINGTON — Neighbors Carol Benino and Tanya Hart of Bolivia have found solace in each other through a terrible bond: the death of a loved one at the hands of another.

    Friday, Nov. 18, Hart, Benino and her husband Gus, and other family members attended the 21st Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to honor their loved ones’ memories during a time of year when family means so much.

  • Sunset Beach cabana ban evolves into focus on umbrellas

    After Sunset Beach Town Council voted to ban the sun-shading cabanas and tents on a 3-2 vote last Tuesday, Nov. 15, owners of cabana rental companies say they are going to go with the majority flow and focus on renting umbrellas next summer.

    Milton Burns, owner of In the Shade beach canopies and tent rentals near Sunset Beach, spoke against the ban at last week’s meeting. He later said council’s decision would affect his livelihood.

    Burns said he has been doing the rentals for the past nine years.

  • BFA focuses on annual holiday distribution

    As of last week, Brunswick Family Assistance has distributed all of its Tree of Hope tags and is poised for its annual holiday distributions of gifts and food to more than 1,000 people in need.

    “All tags have been distributed to the community,” BFA distribution program manager Charles Jackson said of the annual effort to provide items to those less fortunate in Brunswick County.

  • Ocean Isle Beach personality Miller Pope dies

    He was renowned for his art, entrepreneurship and upbeat take on just about everything life brought his way.

    Ocean Isle Beach businessman Miller Pope lived life creatively almost up to his last day this past Sunday, Nov. 20, when he died at 87.

  • Leland man wins $110,000 Cash 5 jackpot

    For most people, their hair stands on end when they’re frightened, but for Patrick Davenport of Leland, when the hair on his arm stands on end, it’s a sign of good luck.

    That’s exactly what happened Wednesday before he won a $110,000 Cash 5 jackpot, according to a North Carolina Education Lottery news release.

    Davenport, who owns his own painting business, said he knew he would win that afternoon.

  • North Carolina Disaster Assistance deadline extended

    At the request of the state of North Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a 31-day extension for Hurricane Matthew survivors to apply for federal disaster assistance.

    The state has requested more time for registration because a number of counties, including Brunswick, were added for individual assistance several weeks after the original Oct. 10 presidential disaster declaration.

  • Bolivia man, son charged in Sunset Harbor break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged a Bolivia man and his son accused in a series of break-ins in Sunset Harbor.

    Sixty-six-year-old Joseph Lee Griffin, of Woodedge Way, was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with altering a motor vehicle serial number, three counts of felony possession of stolen property and felony conspiracy. 

  • NCDOT project may cause ATMC outages

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation upgrade and construction project on Bridger Road in Shallotte may affect some ATMC customers throughout Brunswick County.

    When the project is under way during the early morning hours Jan. 23 and 24, customers may experience disruptions in cable TV and/or Internet services that could last several hours. Phone service in most areas will not be affected.

  • NCDOT project may cause ATMC outages

    Because of an upcoming North Carolina Department of Transportation upgrade and construction project, some ATMC customers throughout Brunswick County may experience disruptions in cable TV and/or Internet services. Phone service in most areas will not be affected.

  • Man accused of robbing Calabash bank captured

    A man accused of robbing a Calabash bank Friday, Nov. 18, was arrested at his home on S.C. 544 in Conway, S.C., on Monday.

    Kevin Michael Riera, 21, was charged with felony common law robbery and second-degree kidnapping, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Detectives, with the assistance of South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent Brian Truex and Coastal Carolina University Public Safety, identified Riera and took him into custody without incident, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.