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  • Leland challenges H2GO plant permit

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s permit to discharge brine wastewater into the Brunswick River faces a challenge from the town of Leland.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit May 8 for H2GO’s proposed reverse osmosis water plant.

    Leland’s town council held a special meeting May 30 and decided to appeal the DEQ decision, filing a petition for a contested case hearing June 5.

  • OIB board approves budget, Publix shopping center

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved the 2017-18 town budget at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.

    The town’s total budget for the upcoming year increased by just more than $655,000 to $21.882,350 from $21,027,225.

    The town set aside $8,775,000 last year to fund Coastal Storm Damage Reduction and the terminal groin project. The beach project budget for 2017-18 increased to $9,179,334.

  • Brunswick Town waterfront reef construction set to begin

    WINNABOW — Installation of a manmade reef system to protect the Brunswick Town Fort Anderson State Historic Site’s waterfront will begin next week.

    Brunswick Town received $850,000 from the 2013-14 Office of State Budget and Management’s Repair and Renovation Reserve list for the project.

    The money will go to build the first 200 linear feet of protective reef, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian Jim McKee said.

  • Southport OKs county partnership in exchange for sewer capacity

    SOUTHPORT — Southport City Council agreed to partner with Brunswick County for sewer capacity. Now, it waits to see if county commissioners will vote to approve it, too.

    The council had two options on its June 8 agenda to consider for improving the town’s sewer capacity: participating in expanding Brunswick County’s wastewater treatment plant system or building a plant for Southport.

    Southport already participates in the county’s system, but only leases its 750,000 gallons per day of sewer capacity.

  • BCSO seeks Belville tequila thieves

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in to find two people who stole tequila from a Belville ABC store.

    A black man and white woman entered the store at 44 River Road and stole five bottles of Patron about 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. The two were seen leaving the store in a dark colored Honda Accord with faded paint on the back.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Boynton at 398-5492.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of sex crime against child

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child earlier this month.

    James Christopher Fulford, 44, of Watts Road was arrested Monday and charged with the felony.

    Warrants show the crime took place June 5. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim is 12.

    Fulford remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $25,000 bail.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of sex crime against child

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child earlier this month.

    James Christopher Fulford, 44, of Watts Road was arrested Monday and charged with the felony.

    Warrants show the crime took place June 5. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim is 12.

    Fulford remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $25,000 bail.

  • Deputies arrest one person, seek another in armed robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person and is seeking another in the armed robbery of a 16-year-old in Leland last week.

    No one was injured.

    Justin Ray Justice, 18, of Blue Clay Road in Castle Hayne, was arrested June 7 at 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Maco Road in Leland and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Warrants show Justice and another person threatened the victim with a black semi-automatic handgun and took $200 from him.

  • Calabash felon accused of possessing heroin, stolen firearm

    A Calabash felon is accused of having heroin and a stolen firearm in his possession.

    Michael Montray Frink, 24, of Hickman Road NW was arrested June 9 and charged with possession of firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of trafficking heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Third person arrested in May 31 robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has charged a third person in a May 31 robbery in Bolivia. No one was injured during the robbery.

    Kayla Clara-Faye Mosley, 29, of North Howe Street in Southport was arrested June 8 and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of stolen goods or property.

    Deputies arrested Shawn Dalen Hall, 36, of Leland on the same charges June 1.