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  • Brunswick district court judge runs for state appeals court

    Brunswick County based District Court Judge Marion Warren has filed to run for the NC Court of Appeals.

    Warren serves the 13th Judicial District covering Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    “Cases heard in Raleigh affect us all,” Warren said.

    “The last 14 years I’ve sat in a courtroom I’ve considered a solemn obligation. I want to take that experience and my North Carolina common sense and my training and background to Raleigh to render decisions they same way I’ve tried cases in front of individuals.”

  • Commissioner resolution opposes housing illegal minors in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s board of commissioners approved a resolution opposing the re-settling of immigrant minors within Brunswick County at the July county meeting.

    The resolution is intended to address the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Unite States, causing a reported hardship on the communities receiving the minors.

    The resolution opposes housing any of these minors in Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes requested County Attorney Huey Marshall draft the document to create a county position on the issue.

  • Sunset Beach style roundabout idea presented for NC 179 in OIB

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – The Ocean Isle Beach board agreed to start a conversation about replacing the NC 179 intersection at Causeway Drive with a roundabout.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation staff attended Tuesday’s regular town meeting to show the commissioners a concept for replacing the signal with a traffic circle similar to the recently completed Sunset Beach roundabout.

    Chad Kimes said his department began talking with OIB staff a few months ago to address safety issues with left turns at the intersection.

  • Two years after fatal boating accident, light will mark Cape Fear River quarantine site

    An abandoned quarantine station at the mouth of the Cape Fear River near Southport now has a light to warn boaters of the concrete slab in the water.

    The 19th century station was the site of a 2012 boating accident that caused one death and several injuries.

    According to reports, on Aug. 4, 2012, Ed and Barbara Lee Pierce of Wilmington and two other passengers were in the Pierce’s boat heading to Wilmington when they rammed into the concrete platform.

  • Fires destroy two Brunswick County homes

     A pair of fires destroyed two Brunswick County homes within the past week.

    The first fire took place in Supply last Wednesday, Aug. 13, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    An off-duty firefighter drove past a home at 680 Hewett Road near Stone Chimney Road and saw that it was on fire. He called 911, but by the time emergency personnel arrived the fire was “fully involved,” Garner said.

    Garner said no one was home when it happened and the cause of the fire is unknown. The house is considered a total loss.

  • Shallotte Point VFD gets federal funds

     The Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $100,000 in federal funds, according to a news release from Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office.

    The department will receive $110,348 for operations and safety improvements.

    Calls to the department were not returned and it’s unclear how exactly the funds will be allocated.

  • Open lines of communication key during emergencies

     BOLIVIA — Communication is critical. But there’s even more of a heavy emphasis on communication during trying times. Just ask Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

  • Asheboro man dies during dive off coast

     An Asheboro man died off the coast of Brunswick County on Sunday, Aug. 17, during an afternoon dive, county coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Other divers noticed 54-year-old Michael Gilliam Frye floating on top of the water near Southport shortly after noon. The Coast Guard was called for assistance just before 12:30 p.m. and Frye died at 3:15 p.m., Crocker said.

    The divers said they last saw Frye about 11:30 a.m. and he was doing well. He and more than 30 other divers were inspecting an old shipwreck site during their trip, Crocker said.

  • Woman charged in 2013 death of infant son on Oak Island

     A Mecklenburg County woman is charged in the December 2013 death of her 8-month-old son on Oak Island, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte, Monday, Aug. 18, and charged her with involuntary manslaughter, Bollinger said.

    Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger could not be reached by press time.

    Bollinger said he could not comment further on the case.

  • County education board discusses superintendent search

     BOLIVIA — A month after Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden announced his plans to resign following the coming school year, the Brunswick County Board of Education is discussing how it plans hire his replacement.

    Allison Shafer, director of policy and legal council for the North Carolina School Board Association, spoke to the board at its monthly meeting Aug. 5 to discuss the search.

    It’s common for school boards in North Carolina to use her organization while seeking new superintendents.