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  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

     A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common-law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common-law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.

  • Community seeks ways to implement Project Lazarus

     BOLIVIA — Two months after Wilkes County native Fred Brason came to the region to talk about Project Lazarus, community leaders gathered in Bolivia two weeks ago to discuss the possibilities of implementing the program in Brunswick County.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Shallotte man dies in traffic accident

     A 19-year-old Shallotte man died in a traffic accident Wednesday, Sept. 3, after his vehicle struck a tree near N.C. 130.

    Austin Rowell was traveling east on Empire Road in Supply about 3.5 miles outside of Shallotte when he ran off the road in his 2001 Ford pickup, N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. E.C. Harris said.

  • Touchdown: Former Carolina Panther visits Supply Elementary

     SUPPLY — Think about your typical physical education class in elementary school. Now consider how it pales it comparison to what students at Supply Elementary School experienced Sept. 5 while participating in “Football Friday” with former Carolina Panthers running back Nick Goings. 

  • Sunset Beach to mull twin lakes options

    Sunset Beach Town Council will review alternatives proposed by town staff for maintenance of the twin lakes on Shoreline Drive West at its monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 8.

    The town does not own the lakes and is not legally responsible to maintain the lakes for stormwater retention.

    Town staff has developed three options and recommends one of those options — to allow full cost of maintenance to revert back to the property owner or conservation group and encourage them to apply for available grants.

  • Auditorium director loses house, dogs in weekend fire

    A house fire Saturday afternoon in the Ash area has left a couple without a home.

    Waccamaw Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Coveyou said smoke was pouring from the house at 3829 Ash Little River Road upon his department’s arrival at the fire reported at 4:41 p.m. Sept. 6.

    Passersby who noticed smoke coming from the house on their way to Myrtle Beach, S.C., reported the fire.

  • Oak Island man wins $10,000 in N.C. Education Lottery

    An Oak Island man is among people who have won money in the North Carolina Education Lottery this month.

    Todd Leonard was the winner of $10,000 in the Millionaire 7’s.

    Since Aug. 28, players in N.C. Education Lottery games ottery players won more than $16.8 million playing instant games and more than $6.5 million playing draw games. Sixteen prizes awarded were worth between $10,000 and $50,000, said Chris Bushnell, spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

    A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.

  • Reward offered in Sunset Beach home theft

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for the theft of items from a Sunset Beach residence.

    According to the Sunset Beach Police Department, in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, one or more unknown subjects entered an unoccupied residence at 819 Shoreline Drive West.

  • Supply man accused of sex crimes located

    A Supply man accused of multiple sex crimes has been located and arrested in Lexington, according to a press release issued early Friday morning by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    Timothy Wayne Willard, 34, of Corbin Lane, was wanted on three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of second-degree sexual offense and crimes against nature.

    The incidents involving victims younger than 16 took place between July 1 and Sept. 1, warrants show.