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  • Mastodon tooth found off coast donated to museum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It was an ordinary day for the Rev. Jim Taylor and his wife Alpha, or so they thought.

    Last spring, the Shallotte couple were fishing in the surf down toward the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, savoring another opportunity to spend time at the beach together — “just goofing off,” Taylor said.

    “I was out in the surf, and (Alpha) was down the beach a ways,” he recalled, when he felt something hit his foot.

  • Town, developer agree on mediator for Jaguar's Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair have retained a professional mediator to help them resolve a dispute over infrastructure and bonding requirements in the unfinished community.

    The town and Coastal Communities, developer of the Ocean Ridge community, have agreed to have Robert O’Quinn, a certified mediator in Wrightsville Beach, lead meetings between the two parties in the near future.

  • Man sought in jewelry theft captured in S.C.

    Authorities in Horry County, S.C., captured a man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in jewelry from a Boliva residence last month.

    Douglas Wilson Branton, 30, of Nathan Drive in Loris, was wanted on a charge of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a warrant, he stole 48 pieces of jewelry, valued together at $29,263, from the home on Woody Trail sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 2014.

  • Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old last year was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Murton Harold Hyde, 56, of Turkey Street, is charged with six counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense, three counts of crimes against nature and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The incidents occurred between July and December 2014, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She did not say if the child was a girl or boy.

  • Supply couple faces charges after traffic stop

    A Supply couple faces several drug charges after their arrest during a traffic stop.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested James Harold Jackson, 63, and Jeinene Lynn Jackson, 49, of Ocean Sound Circle on Tuesday, Jan. 20, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Oak Island police seek two women suspected of fraud

    Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help to identify and find two women suspected of fraud.

    The women “used several stolen or fraudulent credit cards” in late December at a Food Lion grocery store in Oak Island, according to a Thursday, Jan. 22, news release from Lt. Tony Burke. The women made purchases worth several hundred dollars.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 278-5595 or the nearest law enforcement agency.

  • Leland woman accused of selling marijuana at restaurant

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Leland woman accused of selling marijuana at a restaurant after a brief investigation prompted by tips from the community.

    Twenty-year-old Jordan LeAnn Howard, of Lanvale Road, faces two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Sign upgrades, ABC Store and power lines part of Leland downtown revitalization talks

    Leland officials reviewed efforts for downtown revitalization at a Jan. 8 workshop.

    The board discussed the difficulty of changing property owners’ minds on complying with the town’s business signs ordinance despite providing an incentive program.

    In April 2013, the Leland town board finalized a five-year amortization period for non-conforming signs.

    Leland has a sign ordinance in place allowing 48 square foot, eight foot tall signs in the town’s busier commercial district, zoned C2, near Village Road at U.S. 17.

  • County establishes prequalification process for contract bids

    The Brunswick County board members adopted a prequalification policy for the Brunswick County school construction at the Jan. 13 agenda meeting.

    State law requires the county to adopt a policy and criteria to prequalify bidders for particular construction or repair work contracts.

    The policy can be a countywide policy, but the criteria must be for a particular project.

    County staff modified a policy used by the Utilities Department to use for the entire organization.

  • DOT updates Brunswick County project schedule

    While local transportation committees plan future road projects on both ends of Brunswick County, a number of projects are already in the works.

    The Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) and Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee completed State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) lists in to plan for highway projects in January.