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  • Brunswick board approves land sale to state for $300,000

    Brunswick County commissioners have approved the sale of 397.85 acres to the state for $300,000.

    The land is east of River Road SE (NC 133) near the entrance road to Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county was preparing to sell the property to the Nature Conservancy with funding from Pittman-Robertson Land Acquisition Grant.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate lowest in years at 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6 percent in October, beating the two-year low of 6.3 percent unemployment reached in April.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The county unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a point from September, the same rate as the state unemployment rate, which decreased from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent.

  • Shallotte man to serve at least 12 years for infant son’s death

     BOLIVIA — A Shallotte man who was convicted in September of killing his infant son is expected to serve at least 12 years in state prison.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced 20-year-old Randy Lee Richardson to an active sentence of 144 to 187 months in the N.C. Department of Correction on Monday, Dec. 15, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Trial begins in 2011 Longwood murder

     A Longwood man accused of second-degree murder in 2011 is on trial this week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Hakeen Ahmad Muhammad, also known as Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, is accused of shooting Sherman A. Daniels to death Oct. 2, 2011, at a Carlon Road home in Longwood.

    Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas is prosecuting the case.

  • District hosts career fair at county basketball game

     LELAND — Graduating seniors from North Brunswick High School didn’t want to miss the Scorpions’ last home game against county rival South Brunswick Monday, Dec. 15. While they showed up in large numbers, the students also had the opportunity to mull over possible job opportunities at Monday night’s basketball game.

    Brunswick County Schools hosted a mini-career fair inside the lobby and concessions area of North Brunswick’s Leland campus that night in an effort to encourage high school seniors to begin exploring job opportunities.

  • ‘Bottle Man’ passes away at 66

     Walking into Wal-Mart on Main Street Shallotte will never be the same.

    A staple for years and years at the entrance of the store near the Subway restaurant, 66-year-old Roy Leon McCall has passed away.

    McCall died Sunday, Dec. 14, at his Shallotte residence, according to his obituary.

    Those who knew him spoke of his love for wrestling and his bottles and cans collection. But his bright smile is what they said they’ll remember most about him.

    Family friend Nordis Hewett Smith wrote a heartfelt tribute about McCall.

  • Homeschool students donate books to backpack ministry

     SUPPLY — While toy chests fill up during the holiday season, so will bookshelves for several local children thanks to a service project by a home school group.

    Brunswick County Homeschool Activity Group (BCHAG) hosted a “Milk and Bookies” party Friday, Dec. 12, at Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply, where more than 30 students donated books of all varieties that will be given to students from low-income families throughout the county.

    Lisa France, whose ninth-grade son Mark is part of the homeschool group, organized the event.

  • AVID students aid charities during holidays

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Shallotte Middle School were in the giving spirit last week.

    A group of students in the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program took part in a “Pay It Forward” initiative that will benefit several local charities and families this holiday season.

    As part of the AVID coursework, seventh- and eighth-grade students research community organizations and decide which program they’d like to assist during the holidays with a financial donation.

  • County prepares for infectious diseases outbreak

     SOUTHPORT — If Ebola makes its way to Brunswick County, emergency services director Brian Watts wants to make sure the region is prepared.

    Part of that preparation took place Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, as county officials converged at Brunswick County’s No. 4 EMS base on Committee Drive in Southport to train employees in the event an emerging infectious disease such as Ebola reaches the district.

  • Students build training equipment for K-9 unit

     LELAND — First Sgt. Brian Chism recently told a group of students that K-9 officers, or police dogs, do much more than sniff for drugs.

    The dogs must also be able to conduct searches for evidence in small rooms, leap 6-foot-tall fences, scale walls and perform other tasks that allow the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to be most effective.

    The training of the dogs requires wooden structures officers use to hone the dogs’ agility skills.