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  • Agents arrest nine people in county drug cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested nine people in the past two weeks as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

    Wesley Radford Cain, 27, of Windsor Road in Greenville and William Young, 25, of East Yacht Drive in Southport were arrested April 11 and each charged with felony cocaine possession, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce. The latter charges are misdemeanors.

  • Novant lifts visitor restrictions

    As of Tuesday, April 18, at 7 a.m., all Novant Health facilities, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, lifted the visitor restrictions that were put in place Feb. 24.

    During the height of this flu season, Novant Health asked the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of all its hospital facilities. As a result of the declining number of flu cases seen over the past few weeks, these restrictions have been lifted, according to a news release.

  • Five face cocaine trafficking charges after Leland traffic stop

    Five people face cocaine trafficking charges after a traffic stop April 10 in Leland, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Agents with the sheriff’s office’s Special Operations Unit stopped a vehicle about 5 p.m. on Green Hill Road. A canine found about 4 grams of crack cocaine during a search of the vehicle.

    Agents later searched a Roberson County residence where they seized two firearms and $11,000 in cash.

  • UPDATE: Couple reported missing found safe

    A couple reported missing Saturday morning has been found safe, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Thursday afternoon.

    Theresa Michelle Haley, 31, and Rocky Lane Hewett II, 38, walked from 2780 Pond Way in Shallotte just after midnight Saturday and were seen about an hour later walking together on Shell Point Road.

    The sheriff's office didn't say where or when exactly they were found.

  • Out of the ashes: Calabash fire victim grateful for great friends and Elks Lodge

    CALABASH — It was supposed to be a festive weekend for Emily Beecher, filled with visiting friends and family, good food and fun, not a fire.

    The latter was the last thing on Beecher’s mind as she and Vickie Sibley, her friend from Florida, along with Beecher’s daughter and son-in-law visiting from Texas, settled down late Saturday night in March after enjoying a delicious meal home-cooked by Sibley.

  • State grant covers county water line repair

    Brunswick County has recovered its costs spent to repair the raw water main damaged by Hurricane Matthew in the fall 2016 through a state grant program.

    An announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office April 4 identified the first seven counties receiving Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds, with Brunswick County receiving $1,217,343.

  • EMS headquarters in Shallotte named for Mark Gore

    SHALLOTTE — Mark Gore left such an impression on Brunswick County’s emergency medical services, the county named the EMS headquarters in Shallotte after him.

    Gore was the director of operations for Brunswick County EMS who died suddenly at his home Oct. 1, 2016, at 55.

    Friends, family and coworkers congregated at the BCEMS headquarters building at 40 Nabor Drive in Shallotte on Friday morning for the dedication.

  • Leland looks at 20-cent tax rate to add police officers

    LELAND — Leland’s town council received an update on budget preparations April 5, with staff making cuts in several areas while adding costs for the fire department.

    In December 2016, Leland ended its contract for services with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department with the intent to either acquire the LVFRD as the town fire department or create a town fire department separate from LVFRD.

  • Rap concert denied twice

    A Rick Ross rap concert touted the past two weeks did not go off as planned April 7 because the event didn’t receive permit approval from Brunswick County.

    Concert promoter Alonza Mitchell failed to provide information required to complete the permit application process, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    Concert promotions begun in March originally announced the show would take place April 7 at Navassa Park.

  • New ladder truck finalized for OIB fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After two years of planning, Ocean Isle Beach is finalizing the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho sought a grant for a ladder truck since 2015 but after applications were denied over several grant cycles, the town decided to move forward with financing the replacement truck.

    The fire department bought its first used aerial truck, which had been in service since 1972, in the early 1990s and then replaced it with a 70-foot ladder truck in 1995, which is still in service with the town.