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  • Two-month investigation nets two drug arrests

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested two people on drug charges following a two-month multi-agency investigation.  

    Deonte Xavier Bigelow, 27, of Manning Way in Elon and Courtnae Shantae Wiley, 27, of Chestnut Street in Burlington were arrested Nov. 8 and each charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Couple charged in rash of Bolivia break-ins

    Investigators charged a Robeson County couple in a rash of break-ins in Bolivia.

    Cody Shenny Locklear, 24, of Shannon Drive in Shannon and his wife, Kameron Jessica Locklear, 24, of Annease Drive in Fairmont, were both arrested Nov. 9.

  • Carolina Shores gets $574,454 FEMA money for Hurricane Matthew

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town of Carolina Shores has received $574,454.18 in newly released Federal Emergency Management Association reimbursement money for Hurricane Matthew costs.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, said the check had been received that day through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

  • Hunger & Homeless Banquet and Soup Luncheon Nov. 18 in Leland

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition presents the Sixth Annual Hunger & Homeless Banquet and Soup Luncheon 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brunswick Center, 121 Town Hall Drive NE in Leland.

    The annual event always takes place in November in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is from Nov. 11 to 19 this year.

    This year’s event program is “Ending Homelessness in Brunswick County.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

  • Sheriff's office safely locates missing woman

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office announced Monday they have safely located a woman last seen Nov. 8

    According to a Sunday Facebook post, Kaylyn Nicole Holler, 23, was last seen leaving her home on North Red Bug Road on Nov. 8.

  • Recounts set for Wednesday for Sunset Beach, three other elections

    One vote.

    That’s what separates two candidates vying to fill a third seat last week on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    Unofficial tallies following the Nov. 7 election show newcomer Jan Harris with a one-vote edge, 661 votes to former councilman Wilson Sherrill’s 660.

    Newcomer Charlie Nern was the top vote-getter in the municipal election with 713 votes, followed by appointed councilman John Corbett with 689 votes, winning them the first two seats. Fifth-place winner Duane Lewis received 541 votes, followed by 38 miscellaneous write-in votes.

  • Former Caswell Beach mayor pleads guilty to embezzlement

    BOLIVIA—Harry Simmons, the former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after he pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Special Superior Court Judge Andrew Heath asked Simmons if he understood the plea agreement as explained by his lawyer, Mike Ramos of Shallotte, and if he agreed to plead guilty to the two class C felonies.

    “You are pleading guilty?” Heath said.

  • Gas leak fixed after closing LCAC, businesses Wednesday morning

    A damaged gas line caused a leak that closed several businesses near Gregory Road and U.S. 17 in Leland for a few hours Wednesday.

    Utilities contractors installing a new connection for a State Employee’s Credit Union building hit a gas line while digging in front of Logan Homes on Gregory Road

    Leland Cultural Arts Center manager Julianne Scott said the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office told LCAC staff members at 8:55 a.m. to close and evacuate the building.

  • A salute to our veterans

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when an agreement called an armistice was finalized to end the horrific fighting of World War I.

    A year later, President Woodrow Wilson made Nov. 11 a national holiday, called Armistice Day. In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all veterans who have fought for our country.

  • Investigators seek information on abduction, slaying of Leland man

    Investigators are looking for more information about the Nov. 5 abduction and slaying of a Leland man.

    Melquan Hicks-Bey, 22, of Night Harbor Drive SE was taken from a home in the 1500 block of South 12th Street about 4:15 a.m. His body was found about 10 a.m. in a wooded area in Castle Hayne.

    Hicks-Bey died of multiple gunshot wounds about his body, Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.