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  • Local anglers sound off on shark attacks

     Last week, two children lost limbs in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart on Oak Island.

    Afterward, people throughout the region offered various theories as to why the rare attacks could happen so close together on a Brunswick County beach.

    Capt. Buster Gillis, who owns and operates Buster’s Outdoor Guide Service from Holden Beach, cites overpopulation as the primary reason for the attacks, which he said didn’t surprise him.

  • Force main installation causes traffic delays on Ocean Isle Beach Road

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Brunswick County and Ocean Isle Beach agreed to merge their sewer systems in November 2012. Two-and-a-half years later, the county is working on a project that will provide additional water and sewer capacity for the town.

  • Smart Start tabs Gabriel as new executive director

     The local Smart Start branch will be under new leadership in Brunswick County beginning July 1 when executive director Linda Gironda’s retirement takes effect.

    The Smart Start Board of Directors announced Helen Gabriel would fill Gironda’s role beginning next month, according to a news release issued Tuesday, June 23.

    Gabriel has worked for Smart Start since 2007 and provided program and evaluation direction to Smart Start programs and oversight of the North Carolina Pre-K program in Brunswick County.

  • Beachgoers leery about entering water after shark attacks

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A week after two children each lost an arm in separate shark attacks on Oak Island, Brunswick County beaches remained crowded as thousands of tourists flocked to the area for a weeklong vacation.

    While many of those individuals never thought twice about swimming in the Atlantic before last Sunday’s shark attacks on Oak Island, several people are now entering the ocean with trepidation.

  • Brunswick County drug agents assist in heroin bust

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents assisted New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Wilmington police in the arrest of four men and seizure of heroin Wednesday, June 17, in Wilmington.

  • Beach towns respond in wake of shark attacks

    Brunswick County’s six incorporated beach towns have been keeping an eye out for sharks after recent attacks but have no immediate plans to change the way they monitor the oceanfront.

    Tim Holloman, town manager at Oak Island, where a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy each lost an arm in shark attacks June 14, said his town’s regular beach patrol consists of voluntary beach ambassadors and the police department periodically traveling up and down the beach.

    “We typically don’t have any extra patrols at this time,” Holloman said.

  • Sports calendar calls not from chamber

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is alerting residents about an unauthorized solicitation.

    Chamber president/CEO Shannon Viera said some businesses and residents may have recently been contacted by a company soliciting ads for a sports calendar.

    Viera said this is not a chamber-sponsored ad program, and the chamber did not give out a list of emails for chamber members to be contacted.

    “As your chamber, we will never give out your emails unless we have your permission,” Viera wrote in an alert email released June 17.

  • Leland man receives prison sentence for role in 2013 home invasion

     A Leland man was sentenced to more than 13 years in state prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges, including three counts of second-degree kidnapping, in New Hanover County Superior Court last week.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kadeem Ramel Thomas received the sentence after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious bodily injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping, according to a news release issued by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Sea Notes herald Fourth of July with patriotic concerts this weekend

    The public is invited to kick off America’s Fourth of July celebration a week early as the Sea Notes Choral Society presents its 2015 patriotic concert, “A Salute to America, We the People,” in two performances this weekend.

    Concert times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The chorus’ annual salute to America will be under the direction of Dianne Hoffman, with accompanist Susan Linton.

  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by kennel owners Steve and Debra Somersett at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.