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  • Community brings tidings of great joy to animal shelter

     SUPPLY — The animals at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services shelter are already having a Merry Christmas because of a charitable group of givers from all across Brunswick County.

    People from different parts of the county came together at the sheriff’s office animal shelter off N.C. 211 in Supply and donated toys for dogs and cats, pet food, cleaning supplies, treats and many other goodies for the shelter staff and the pets to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.

  • Traffic debacle sparks confusion, frustration

     CIVIETOWN — Civietown Fire Chief Mark Hewett has begged the state for years to place a stoplight at N.C. 130, Shell Point and Civietown roads.

    Construction is finally under way for the stoplight, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, he said.

    The closure of Gray Bridge Road for bridge replacement began Dec. 15 and is expected to last four months, the N.C. Department of Transportation said. In the meantime, motorists on Gray Bridge Road must travel down N.C. 130 and take the detour road, Shell Point Road.

  • Two men sought in wallet theft

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are looking for two men suspected of larceny and fraud.

    Someone accidentally left his wallet on a washing machine while doing laundry Dec. 5 at River Run Laundromat at 4956 Long Beach Road in Southport, according to a news release. He contacted the business the next day and was told no one had turned it in. When he called his bank, he found out many transactions totaling more than $500 were debited from his account.

  • Wilmington man arrested after chase near Maco

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested a Wilmington man on traffic violations and drug charges after he led them on a high-speed chase to the Columbus County line Friday afternoon, Dec. 19.

  • Investigators find no evidence man posed as Red Cross official

    Investigators have found no evidence indicating a Leland man accused of leading police on a chase Dec. 15 defrauded the American Red Cross, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, is charged with failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen goods, felony speeding to elude arrest and driving while license revoked-driving while impaired revocation, Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell said.

  • Investigators arrest two on larceny charges

    Two Little River, S.C., residents face larceny charges after detectives said they conspired to steal items from a Calabash gift store.

    Investigators arrested 21-year-old Kyle Hugh Kenon and 38-year-old Courtney Margaret Mittlestadt on Dec. 16.

    Kenon is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise, mostly jewelry, from Callahan’s of Calabash Nautical Gifts on Beach Drive, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Police seek man who robbed Dollar General

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of robbing Dollar General on Dec. 16.

    At 9:30 p.m., the man entered the store and “forcefully took money” from an employee, according to a news release from town spokeswoman Rachel Johnson.

    The robber, who is described as a 5-foot-8, 180-pound white man, lingered around the store briefly before taking an undisclosed amount of money. He is believed to have left in a silver Buick.

    No one was hurt during the robbery.

  • Beach consortium reorganizes board after Caswell Beach fund complaint

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Brunswick Beaches Consortium took the first steps to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town.

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith ran the Dec. 11 BBC meeting.

    “I feel this organization has been very beneficial to the communities of Brunswick County. Working together we accomplish more than working separately,” she said.

  • Belville makes zoning changes for potential H2GO water treatment plant

    BELVILLE — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO was denied a zoning change in Leland to build a water treatment plant, so it brought its proposal to Belville.

    At the December board meeting Monday night, Dec. 15, Belville commissioners approved a set of text amendments to provide for and regulate a reverse osmosis water facility in the town’s Industrial District.

    The board voted unanimously, 3-0. Commissioner Pat O’Bryant was not in attendance.

  • Ocean Isle officials endorse a change to oceanfront setback rules

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved a request to send to North Carolina’s Coastal Resources Commission to consider amending oceanfront setback rules for the town.

    The setback rules require a static line — the first line of stable, natural vegetation that exists before a renourishment project is used to mark where the setback begins, regardless of the location of the actual first line of vegetation after the nourishment project.