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  • Southport man avoids human trafficking conviction

     A Southport man pleaded no contest to common-law robbery in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17.

    Kyle Bradley Wolfe, who was initially charged as a co-conspirator in a Boiling Spring Lakes prostitution ring in May, pleaded no contest to common law robbery stemming from an incident in April 2013 at a home in Southport, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Thurston said.

  • County receives plan for Smithville park renovation

    BOLIVIA — A proposed $9.4 million three-phase renovation of Smithville Township District Park left one Brunswick County commissioner with sticker shock at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting.

    Derek Williams, North Carolina division manager for Alfred Benesch & Co./Site Solutions, was hired to perform a site analysis and create the proposed recreation improvements at the Southport park.

    “It is $9 million for all the improvements,” Williams said.

  • County commissioners agree to $3.5 million land purchase for park

    County commissioners are planning to purchase property for a park along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach.

    The property includes three parcels totaling nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the waterway just west of the Holden Beach bridge.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county will buy the properties for $3.5 million from Sweetwater Investments LLC.

    Commissioners agreed to the purchase by a 4-1 vote at their Nov. 12 agenda meeting, with Commissioner Pat Sykes dissenting.

  • Brunswick County Streetreach adapts services

    Brunswick County Streetreach is known for its efforts to shelter the homeless, but it offers more than a place to sleep.

    Organized by the Rev. Donna Phelps and her husband, Garry, Brunswick County Streetreach is in its fourth year operating to serve the homeless in Brunswick County, New Hanover County and Horry County, S.C.

  • County will match grant to remove sunken Holden Beach shrimp boat

    The perpetually sinking ship that sits across the Intracoastal Waterway from Holden Beach could find a final resting place in the Brunswick County Landfill.

    County commissioners unanimously approved a staff request to apply for a grant to pay for the removal of the shrimp boat at the board’s Nov. 12 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick County will apply for $25,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2015 Community based Marine Debris Removal grant.

  • Stalled work no day in the park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In the wake of stalled work at Sunset Beach Town Park, town leaders are combing through the numbers to help determine what’s next.

    During a monthly workshop last Thursday, Nov. 13, Sunset Beach Town Council reviewed the financial status of the park as compiled by new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said she asked Schwerd to do the report consisting of a summary of project expenditures by date and a separate summary of vendor expenditures.

  • Calabash tightens parking regulations

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved amendments to the town’s traffic ordinance regarding parking and authority.

    Approval, which came at the board’s monthly meeting Nov. 12, consists of a change to include a list of town parking regulations directly in the ordinance. A second amendment adds town and county fire officials to a current list of professionals who have authority to direct people to remove off-street parked vehicles under certain situations.

  • Tree of Hope adoptions sought for annual BFA distribution

    As Brunswick Family Assistance gets ready for the holidays, it could use some assistance, too.

    The Shallotte-based nonprofit, which provides assistance for families in need, including its annual Christmas distribution in December, has come up short and needs help.

    “We are desperately looking for people to adopt tags,” BFA program manager Lora Moree said.

    BFA still has 135 tags remaining on its holiday Tree of Hope bearing names of seniors and children and their Christmas wish lists this year.

  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Shelton Tucker, who served as mayor of Sunset Beach from 1973 to 1979, died Nov. 14 at age 97 at a health care facility in Wilmington.

    Tucker, a native of the historic riverfront town of Hertford in North Carolina’s “Inner Banks,” was a noted businessman and developer of the Clariday Woods subdivision near Calabash.

  • General elections winners weren’t all Brunswick’s choices

    Marty Cooke, the Brunswick County Board’s incumbent commissioner for District 2 will serve another term following his victory in the Nov. 4 election over John Holleman.

    Cooke, the republican candidate received 24,229 votes (62.17 percent of voters) to defeat the democrat challenger Holleman, who earned 14,742 votes or 37.83 percent of the vote.

    Brunswick County Board of Education

    Two Brunswick County Board of Education seats were up for re-election and voters decided to keep the incumbents in their seats in both races