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  • North Brunswick Home Improvement Show caters to community

    The North Brunswick Home Improvement Show brings a novel approach to introducing customers to vendors.

    The North Brunswick show, from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Magnolia Greens Club Room, 1800 Linkwood Drive, Leland, is one of a few yearly events tailored to the local community.

    Anna Fisher of Carolina Closet Company said the 31 vendors coming to the North Brunswick show are sought to cover everything someone could think of to hire for a home improvement project and all of them are local to the area.

  • Leland native’s Johnny Cash tribute band swinging through Brunswick County Oct. 26

    The music of The Man in Black comes around to the Amuzu Theater in Southport Oct. 26 as performed by the North Brunswick native who fronts the Johnny Cash tribute band, Johnny Folsom 4.

    The Johnny Folsom 4 will play a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the theater at 11 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For lead singer David Burney the show is somewhat of a homecoming as he grew up in North Brunswick County.

    He was from Leland before Leland was a town.

    Leland was great. A small place where everyone knew everyone,” Burney said.

  • First presentation of Westgate Nature Park second phase receives public support

    LELAND–Restrooms, sidewalks and parking were some of the issues Leland residents want to ensure go into the next phase of Westgate Nature Park.

    But the small group that came to Leland town hall Oct. 9 was encouraging of the proposed plan the Parks and Recreation department has envisioned.

    The Parks and Rec staff presented a second phase site plan for an additional trail that would extend the current trail.

  • Shallotte man faces drug charges

     A Shallotte man faces several heroin-related charges after his Friday, Oct. 10, arrest.

    Justin Hashaim Bland, 21, of Hale Swamp Road, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, conspiring to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges were levied against him Tuesday, Oct. 14, including two counts of trafficking heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon, warrants show.

  • Authorities seek Bolivia woman on drug charges

     Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a 25-year-old Bolivia woman accused of possessing heroin and a pending charge of child endangerment.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for Jessica Dannielle Stratton, of Mulligan Way in Bolivia, according to a Friday, Oct. 10, Facebook post from the sheriff’s office page.

  • Former Bald Head officer files federal lawsuit against village, manager

     A former Bald Head Island public safety official has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming he was wrongfully terminated from the village in August.

    Herbert Bryant, who served as a public safety official on Bald Head Island from 2009 until his termination, filed suit against the village of Bald Head Island and its manager, Calvin Peck, Oct. 7 in United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

    According to the complaint, Bryant has demanded a jury trial to hear the case.

  • Former Cedar Grove principal takes job at central office

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved several changes for central office staff presented by Superintendent Edward Pruden during its October monthly meeting.

    The changes were made to address two needs: leadership for the student services division and a balance in supervision of secondary education.

    “The realignment plan utilizes existing positions to accomplish these goals,” Swencki wrote in an Oct. 8 news release.

  • School districts must offer, pay for driver education

     BOLIVIA — The state is telling local school districts they have to provide driver education courses. But for the first time in the state’s history, the responsibility to pay for the program will fall on the school district’s shoulders.

    Beginning July 1, 2015, all state funding to support the driver education program will be eliminated in the Tar Heel State.

    This was outlined in Senate Bill 744, which the General Assembly passed in August. The program has been funded by the state since 1992, when the programs were first offered.

  • Freedom Fund Banquet awards champions of equality

     CAROLINA SHORES — During turbulent times, it’s up to community leaders to step up and make a difference. That’s the message Brunswick County NAACP President Bernest Hewett preached during the organization’s Brunswick County Branch No. 5452 Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Brunswick Community College’s satellite campus at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Walk in the park: Developer announces plans for swamp adventure facility

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Rube McMullan is embarrassed to admit he bought a piece of property a stone’s throw from Ocean Isle Beach before he even knew what it was.

    But after a kayaking trip with his son, Barrett, down the Shallotte River between U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach off what locals have come to know as “Four Mile Road,” Rube knows exactly what he wants to do with his land.