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  • Former Brunswick Community Hospital site resold

    It took a Raleigh-based company two years to buy the former Brunswick Community Hospital site from Brunswick County, but only a year and a half to sell it and double its money in the process.

    Centre Development Co. sold the 32-acre site, which includes the 75,000-square-foot hospital facility, to Centennial Financial Services of Lawrenceville, Ga., on Nov. 15.

    The property sold for about $1.6 million, Register of Deeds Brenda Clemmons said.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue members save kitten from storm drain

    A meow from a storm grate resulted in the rescue of a kitten in Leland on Monday night.

    Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department personnel were dispatched to Fat Tony’s Italian Pub at Waterford at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 after the assistant general manager, Brook Carpenter, called to report a kitten stuck in a storm drain in the parking lot.

    She’d tried to rescue the animal herself, to no avail.

    Carpenter said she talked to an off-duty police officer in her restaurant about what to do, and he told her she would need to call 911.

  • Man arrested in 2001 Oak Island sex crimes involving child

    A Burlington man is accused of sex crimes involving a child that happened 16 years ago in Oak Island.

    Alamance County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 45-year-old James Floyd Cameron at his Baptist Church Loop Road home Nov. 18 on two felony charges: indecent liberties with a child and committing a crime against nature.

    According to warrants issued by Oak Island police June 6, 2004, Cameron committed the sex crimes when he was 30 against a victim younger than 16 between June 1, 2001, and Aug. 1, 2001.

  • Three men charged boat motor theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three men on charges relating to the theft of boat motor.

    Jason Nathan Jones, 30 and Roy Allen Jones, 58, both of Lake Drive SW in Supply and Jeffery L. Hunt, 40, of Butters Cemetery Road in Bladenboro, were arrested Nov. 23. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said records do not indicate how the Joneses are related.

  • Leland teen faces multiple card theft, fraud charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of stealing his grandmother’s debit card and using it to withdraw $1,200 in cash.

    Cody Lee Banks, 19, of Sandy Run Drive, was arrested Nov. 25 and charged with felony financial card fraud and seven counts of felony financial card theft.

    Warrants show Banks used the stolen debit card six times between Nov. 14 and 25. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said records do not indicate where Banks withdrew the money.

  • Little River UMC brings community closer with Thanksgiving meal

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — In 1993, Calvin Saunders and his late wife, Tommie, noticed something about the women of Little River United Methodist Church: many were alone and might remain alone on Thanksgiving.

  • BCAR: Brunswick County market remains strong and consistent

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated strength and consistency throughout the month of October. The number of units sold and the average sales price both increased while available inventory decreased, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The average sales price was $247,136 for October of 2016, compared with $236,765 for October of 2015, a 4.4 percent increase.

  • Election protest withdrawn at hearing

    BOLIVIA — An election protest claiming a Southport man voted in November’s general election both in Brunswick County and another state was withdrawn at a Nov. 22 hearing.

    Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman Joe Agovino of Southport filed the protest Nov. 17, which delayed the completion of the Brunswick County Board of Elections’ canvass of the Nov. 8 general election results.

  • Man accused of assaulting deputy cleared of charges

    A Supply man accused of punching a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy last summer was cleared of the charges against him.

    Terry D. Sossamon pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, injury to personal property, interfering with emergency communication and false imprisonment charges Nov. 18 before Judge Jerry A. Jolly, court records show. He was found not guilty of the first four charges and prosecutor Shirley Smircic’s motion to dismiss the fifth charge was granted.

  • Water line repair complete, voluntary water conservation ends

    Crews completed repairs Monday on a raw water main that broke in October, lifting all water restrictions that remained in place for Brunswick County Public Utilities customers.

    “We are back to normal operation,” public utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

    Customers and wholesale water purchasers had been under mandatory, then voluntary water restrictions since mid-October.