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  • County prepares for infectious diseases outbreak

     SOUTHPORT — If Ebola makes its way to Brunswick County, emergency services director Brian Watts wants to make sure the region is prepared.

    Part of that preparation took place Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, as county officials converged at Brunswick County’s No. 4 EMS base on Committee Drive in Southport to train employees in the event an emerging infectious disease such as Ebola reaches the district.

  • Students build training equipment for K-9 unit

     LELAND — First Sgt. Brian Chism recently told a group of students that K-9 officers, or police dogs, do much more than sniff for drugs.

    The dogs must also be able to conduct searches for evidence in small rooms, leap 6-foot-tall fences, scale walls and perform other tasks that allow the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to be most effective.

    The training of the dogs requires wooden structures officers use to hone the dogs’ agility skills.

  • Local leaders hold ‘I Can’t Breathe’ rally

     BOLIVIA — The killing of two unarmed black men by white police officers and grand jury decisions to not indict those officers has sparked protests, demonstrations and other rallies across the country.

  • BLT Children's Theatre staging Winnie-the-Pooh workshops

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s Let's PLAY! Children’s Theatre Workshop is bringing something new to the 2015 winter session.

    The usual eight-week workshop, open to all children 4 to 12, will culminate in a weekend of performances of the short Disney musical “Winnie-The-Pooh KIDS.”

    This show is perfect for all experience levels, ages and genders and is a great vehicle for the drama games, exercises, prop and costume building, and all the other activities that have always made up the Let's PLAY! experience.

  • Calabash sets public hearing for proposed Kingfish Bay rezoning

    CALABASH — A public hearing has been approved for proposed rezoning of a vacant, unfinished development.

    At its Dec. 9 meeting, the Calabash Board of Commissioners voted to have the public hearing at its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015, to consider rezoning property at Kingfish Bay from residential R-8 to lower density R-6.

  • Bobcat unwelcome visitor in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Roxanne Shircliff has a new rule whenever she ventures into her backyard.

    “Tread very carefully, and I have a stick,” says the Holden Beach resident, who has grown increasingly alarmed by a Lynx rufus — more commonly known as a bobcat — making uninvited visits to her Brunswick Avenue abode.

    After losing two cats, apparently to the unwelcome predator, Shircliff is keeping a closer eye out for the hungry bobcat that frequently ventures into her yard early in the morning and at dusk.

  • Man accused of posing as Red Cross official, leading chase arrested in court

    A man who investigators believe posed as an American Red Cross official to solicit toy and money donations from the community and led police on a chase Monday night, Dec. 15, in Navassa was captured when he appeared in District Criminal Court on the next morning to face a DWI charge.

    Tommy Ray Bolton of Leland is charged with failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen goods, felony speeding to elude arrest and driving while license revoked-driving while impaired revocation, Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell said.

  • Commissioners vote to proceed with $3.5M land purchase

    BOLIVIA — The new Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night to proceed with the $3.5 million purchase of three parcels near Holden Beach to establish a nature park.

    The parcels total nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The properties, being sold by Sweetwater Investments LLC, are undeveloped.

  • Governor names Adams state Ports Authority chairman

    Gov. Pat McCrory has named Tom Adams of Ocean Isle Beach the next chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors.

    “North Carolina ports are the fastest growing ports on the East Coast. I am honored that Gov.McCrory has asked me to lead the board, and I look forward to ensuring the Authority capitalizes on its reputation for unrivaled customer service and ease of doing business,” Adams said said in a news release.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis appointed Adams to the board of directors in January.

  • Detectives seek man in Carolina Shores larceny

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop.

    The incident occurred at 6:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Subway restaurant at 9869 Ocean Highway. Two men walked into the restaurant. One of them walked into the area designated for employees only and took a purse.