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  • Man to serve more than 21 years for sex crime convictions

    A Wilmington man will spend at least 21 years in prison for statutory sex offense, sex offense in a parental role and indecent liberties with a child, according to a news release from District Attorney Jon David.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 36-year-old Kenneth Lateef McKnight to serve 254 months to 365 months in the N.C. Department of Correction upon convicting him of the crimes Monday, Sept. 26, after a bench trial that lasted more than a week.

  • LCAC brings authors together for creative writing fair Saturday

    The Leland Cultural Arts Center hosts its first Creative Writing Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    “We hope people will come and enjoy it. This is our first time hosting it and we hope to have people who are interested in writing and interested in the authors and their work attend,” Cultural Arts Manager Julianne Scott said.

    “It’s different from the things we’ve done here before. I think it will be pretty interesting.”

  • Leland plans to change parade ordinance to address business concerns

    LELAND — Leland officials took a first look at addressing a request to reroute the annual Christmas parade with changes to the town ordinance.

    Leland Economic Development Commission chairman David Sink spoke during the public comment segment of the Aug. 25 town council meeting, as the owner of Meineke Car Care Center, to ask the board members to consider moving the Christmas parade off of Village Road.

  • More solar farms planned for Brunswick County

    The Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. solar farm on U.S. 17 provides a first look at an alternative method to generate energy.

    Brunswick County could see more solar farms, although they will be tucked out of site in rural areas once the projects begin.

    United Renewable Energy has plans for five solar farms in the works to connect to the BEMC grid.

  • County to wait on H2GO plant action before moving on aquifer storage plan

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will wait to see which step the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board takes before acting on the next stage of a proposed aquifer storage plan.

    At an Aug. 15 county meeting, commissioners approved installing one set of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells to provide underground water storage, but the original plan called for two sets of wells.

  • Pipeline spill prompts run on gas in Brunswick County

    Fuel gauges at gas stations hit empty Monday as fear of a major pipeline break spiked a run by customers to fill up their tanks in Brunswick County and along the East Coast.

    Colonial Pipeline reported a mine inspector in Alabama discovered a large spill from one of the company’s two large pipelines that run from Texas to New Jerseyand provides a major source of gasoline delivered to much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States.

  • Supply man charged in shooting of two homes

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of shooting into two homes in Supply and Bolivia on Aug. 27 and Aug. 30.

    Sh’Kwon Jamar Daniels, 20, of Ridge Road SW, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 15 and charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling/moving vehicle.

    Warrants show Daniels fired into a home in the 1200 block of Morgan Road in Supply on Aug. 27, when the home was occupied. Warrants do not list how many people were in the home or what kind of gun Daniels used.

  • Brunswick Coalition discusses action plan for 2016-17

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition discussed its 2016-17 action plan to fight prescription drug misuse and overdoses in the county during its meeting Sept. 19.

    Coalition coordinator Tammy Brunelle of Coastal Horizons in Wilmington said an action plan is required to receive a Partnership for Success grant, which keeps the coalition operational each fiscal year.

  • Forrester chosen new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH — Bob Forrester, chairman of the Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment, has been chosen to serve as Sunset Beach’s new mayor.

    Forrester was chosen by unanimous vote of the current four-member Sunset Beach Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to fill the remaining one-year term of former Mayor Ron Watts, who resigned effective Aug. 16 after selling his house.

    Forrester was among five candidates who spoke at a special meeting and mayoral forum Monday night, Sept. 19.

  • Brunswick Coalition discusses action plan for 2016-17

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition discussed its 2016-17 action plan to fight prescription drug misuse and overdoses in the county during its meeting Sept. 19.

    Coalition coordinator Tammy Brunelle of Coastal Horizons in Wilmington said an action plan is required to receive a Partnership for Success grant, which keeps the coalition operational each fiscal year.