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  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl

     A Leland man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested and charged Saturday, July 19, with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the sheriff’s office website.

    Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

    Hill is accused of injuring the same girl in November with a cigarette lighter, according to the warrants.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses with a child

     A Brunswick County man pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Monday, July 21, to one count of indecent liberties with a child.

    Judge Gail Adams sentenced Batson to between 13 and 25 months in prison suspended to two years probation. Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said the first year would be supervised probation and the final year could be switched to unsupervised if Batson complies with sex offender evaluation treatments.

  • Hearing on homeowners insurance hike postponed

     Brunswick County homeowners will have to wait two more months to find out whether the state’s insurance commissioner decides to raise rates.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced July 15 that the homeowners insurance rate hearing originally scheduled for Aug. 6 has been rescheduled for Oct. 20.

    The hearing is to begin at 9 a.m. in the Jim Long Hearing Room on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh, according to a N.C. Department of Insurance news release.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a  bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • BCC recognizes McRainey for contributions

     Brunswick Community College has experienced steady growth since 1998, and Dianne McRainey has been there to see it all.

    After 16 years as a member of the board of trustees, McRainey’s tenure has come to an end.

    “This experience has been wonderful,” McRainey said. “The people that have been on this board truly have their heart into the college and care about this community and what the college needs to provide for the community.

  • Early College High School calendar tweaked for 2014-15 school year

     Brunswick County Schools made a minor adjustment to the 2014-15 Early College High School calendar it approved in March.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School calendar was adjusted to align with the spring break schedule at Brunswick Community College spring break schedule. The adjustment was approved at the Board of Education’s July 1 monthly meeting.

    The first required teacher workdays are Aug. 4-6. The first day of class for ECHS classes is Aug. 7.

    Report cards will be released Oct. 15, Jan. 28, 2015, and March 18, 2015.

  • Ex-BSL chief convicted of failure to discharge duties

    The former police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes was convicted of failure to discharge duties in Brunswick County District Court on Friday, July 18.

    Emmett Ballree, who began his career as chief in Boiling Spring Lakes in 2008 before his 2012 termination, pleaded guilty to willful failure to discharge his duties as a police officer, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Businessman gets 3+ years in prison for Leland site contamination

    A 61-year-old business owner has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for crimes related to the to handling of a toxic substance at his facility in Leland.

    Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. were sentenced Wednesday, July 16, in Raleigh, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

  • Sunset Beach developer Gore dies at 82

     The man who played an integral role in the development and incorporation of Sunset Beach has died.

    Ed Gore, 82, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, July 16.

  • Bulkhead installation to restart Holden Beach park construction

    HOLDEN BEACH — A yearlong wait for a recreation park across the street from the Holden Beach Town Hall is almost over.

    At the July 8 town board meeting, Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said the park work will begin once a bulkhead along the waterfront is completed.

    Hewett told the town commissioners the contractor hired to install the bulkhead is making headway.

    “It’s not done yet but we are pleased with the progress,” Hewett said.