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  • Economic development leaders receive a lesson in incentives

    LELAND — Brunswick County economic development officials learned a lesson in the changing methods to attract industry from a consultant who selects sites for them.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw invited Chris Lloyd, a consultant with McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development, to speak to the EDC board Thursday, July 10, at the Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center.

    Lloyd said his work as a site selector more often requires him to be a site eliminator.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Superintendent to resign after coming school year

     BOLIVIA — After 16 hours over a span of three weeks, the Brunswick County Board of Education finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

    However, it was Superintendent Edward Pruden’s announcement following the completion of the evaluation that caused the biggest stir inside the administrative offices of Brunswick County Schools on Tuesday, July 15.

    At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Pruden informed the board, he will resign.

  • Defining prescription painkiller misuse and abuse

     Editor’s note: This is the second story in a six-part biweekly series examining the prescription painkiller problem in Brunswick County. The first story in this series was published July 3.   

      

    There’s a fine line between misuse and abuse. But both can be deadly.

    Brunswick County leaders are working to combat a growing problem of prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.

  • STEM camps provides unique opportunity at local school

     CALABASH — An elementary school class filled with summer campers may evolve into a room full of inventors by summer’s end.

    Through Communities In Schools, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is hosting Camp Invention, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for five weeks this summer.

    Robin Russ and Cathy Milligan are teaching the class, which is coordinated by Communities In Schools site coordinator Amber Malave.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

     Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Leland woman faces cruelty charges after more than 100 animals seized from her home

    A Leland woman has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from an apparent hoarding situation Tuesday afternoon, July 15, from her home near Belville.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz, 33, was arrested that day and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

  • Former sheriff Hewett dies in New Hanover County jail

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said in a news release.

    Hewett, 51, was in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Facility on a federal gun charge. He was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release issued Thursday, July 10, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Detectives find Supply man who was reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office have located a Supply man who was reported missing.

    David Wayne Presley, 33, was last seen at his residence on Helmsman Drive about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, according to a news release.

    He was found safe Saturday morning, July 12, near Sunset Beach, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.