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  • Data show significant increase in county housing market

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s total number of residential real estate sales, average selling price and dollar volume reached their highest point of the year so far, Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in a June 16 news release. BCAR also reported the highest number of units sold and highest dollar volume in one month since 2010.

  • Calabash entertains idea of seafood festival

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have unanimously approved investigating the possibility of having a seafood festival next spring.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting July 14 following a presentation by Helen Kapalka, a member of the town’s community services committee.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board OKs changes

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved changes updating members’ duties and responsibilities as well as those of the town board of adjustment.

    Unanimous approval of the town-initiated amendments to the unified development ordinance (UDO) came at the board’s July 16 meeting.

    Town planning director Rawls Howard said town staff reviewed Articles 3 and 4 of the town UDO related to the enabling authority of the boards and updated language to reflect changes in state statutes regarding the boards’ powers, authority and procedures.

  • 72-year-old 'American Ninja Warrior' works out to win

    He’s a health nut. And a fitness buff. And a great-grandpa to 10.

    Lately, 72-year-old Chuck Mammay of Oak Island has also been mastering the ropes as a competitor on NBC TV’s “American Ninja Warrior” as well as the ones at Shallotte River Swamp Park.

    Life is apparently one big workout session for Mammay, whose days begin around 5 a.m.

    “I do 30 minutes of calisthentics,” he said.

    If it’s Monday, that means 400 push-ups and 800 crunches.

  • Silver Alert canceled for Boiling Spring Lakes woman

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Boiling Spring Lakes woman who was found safe in Lexington, S.C.
    Barbra Lee Davis, 78, of Palmer Drive, who was believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, had last been seen at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, the alert said.
    The alert was issued about 11 p.m. Monday but canceled about 4 a.m. Tuesday at the request of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, confirming she was found safe in South Carolina.

  • Deputies find man wanted on domestic violence charge

    An Ash man sought by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies for the last week was arrested Tuesday, July 21, in Washington state.

    Deputies had been searching for 26-year-old Ryan Scott Ellis, of Lewis Street, for a week before he was detained in Skagit County, Wash., on Tuesday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Ellis was wanted in Brunswick County on charges of habitual misdemeanor assault and violation of a domestic violence protective order

  • Sheriff’s office searching for pesticide thief

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating those involved in a larceny from a farm in Leland on Thursday, July 16.

    At 3:45 a.m., someone went onto Ag-Mart Farms property on Blue Banks Loop Road and stole $25,000 in herbicides and pesticides, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday, July 17.

    Detectives think the thieves were driving full-size, white GMC truck with chrome rims with a dual-axle trailer.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Bright at 616-6240.

  • County Attorney Huey Marshall to retire after drug citations

     Longtime Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1, after he was cited on drug charges during a traffic checkpoint Wednesday, July 15, in Supply.

    Deputies were holding a license checking station at Stone Chimney and Turnpike roads at 7:30 p.m. when they smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” from Marshall’s vehicle, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Detectives search for missing pizza trailer

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a trailer reported stolen from a business parking lot July 14 in Sunset Beach.

    A Papa John’s trailer “went missing” from the business parking lot at 7495-5 High Market Street at 6:30 p.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued July 15.

    Flax said license tags and vehicle identification numbers were not available.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ashley DiBella at 880-4871.

  • Detectives seek thieves who stole truck, trailer from Shallotte business