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  • Trial date set for man accused of killing 3-year-old

     The trial for a man accused of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the 2012 death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister will begin March 23, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage confirmed.

    Montey Andrea Murray has been incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since March 2012, awaiting trial in the February 2012 death of his then-girlfriend’s son.

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle crash

    A 48-year-old Ash man was killed in a single-vehicle traffic crash Sunday evening, March 1.

    Manuel Rivera was heading to his home on Alligator Road from a friend’s house on Big Neck Road in Ash when he overcorrected and rolled the SUV he was driving, Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker said. Rivera was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

    The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating, Crocker said.

  • Fire that killed four people ruled accidental

    The March 2 fire that killed four people and injured a fifth was caused by a heater that was left too close to combustible materials, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said in a news release Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker identified the victims as 23-year-old Melissa Kay Thatcher, who was four months pregnant, her 3-year-old son, Caleb Andrew Rankin, and her husband, 22-year-old Keith James Thatcher.

  • Shallotte woman claims $250K lottery ticket

    A Shallotte woman has claimed the $250,000 winning ticket for Sunday night’s All or Nothing drawing, which was sold at the Lowes Foods on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    “It’s just exciting,” Darlene Anuszewski said Tuesday afternoon at lottery headquarters, according to news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I never thought it would happen. But it did.”

  • Fire destroys oceanfront home in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Fire destroyed an oceanfront beach house and heavily damaged two more Friday night, Feb. 27. No one was injured.

    The house at 1079 Ocean Blvd. W. went up in flames, though nine fire trucks responded and firefighters soon got the blaze under control.

    “They really got a hold of it quick,” said Sgt. Frank Dilworth of the Holden Beach Police Department, who was among the first on the scene.

  • Missing 19-year-old sought

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing woman.

    Hallana Hankins, 19, was last seen leaving the Boiling Spring Lakes area earlier Friday morning, Feb. 27, headed to the bus station in Wilmington. She is thought to be traveling in the Texas area.

    Hankins is described as 5-foot-1 and weighing 185 pounds. She has long brown hair with an auburn wig.

    She was last seen wearing brown/multi-colored leggings, brown lace-up boots, a short black jacket and a brown scarf. She was also carrying a black bookbag.

  • Medicaid funds will allow Social Services improvements without budget increase

    When budget talks start, department heads usually struggle with increasing staff and updating technology in the same year, but the Department of Social Services will be able to do both without asking for additional county funding in 2015-16.

    David Stanley, executive director of the county’s health and human services department, which oversees health and social services, recently told Brunswick County commissioners an increase in Medicaid funding will cover upgrades in the social services.

  • Leland allows alcohol sales at five community events

    LELAND — Three out of four Leland commissioners approved a proposal to offer alcohol at five community events in the town park in the spring and summer.

    But it was a decision the fourth commissioner, Jane Crowder, “vehemently opposed.”

    In December 2013 the town council amended the code of ordinances to allow consumption and possession of malt beverages and unfortified wine on town property under certain circumstances with council approval.

  • Customers voice opposition to H2GO water plant plan

    BELVILLE — Water customers who attended a Feb. 19 meeting at Belville Elementary would rather have the state tear down H2GO than pay for the construction of a water treatment plant.

    That was the reaction from more than 100 customers who came to the meeting organized by Ralph Maggio, a resident of Magnolia Greens who began questioning the need for H2GO’s planned reverse osmosis water plant after learning about it at a January informational meeting in his neighborhood.

  • Belville agrees to put ABC revenue back into store expansion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will take less revenue from one of the town’s ABC stores to pay for its expansion sooner than later.

    In January, ABC board chairman Joe Henson told town commissioners of plans to expand the Waterford store.

    Henson said ABC Store 1, on River Road, has room for merchandise and customers but ABC Store 2, on Olde Waterford Way, is too small to display all the products they keep in stock. So ABC Store 2 is expanding into an open suite next to the current location.