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  • Two face murder charge after abused child dies more than 20 years later

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Two people are charged with murder in a child abuse case reported almost 21 years ago in Brunswick County.

    David Raefore Tripp Jr., 45, of Ash was arrested April 9 and Robyn Lynn Noffsinger, 41, was arrested April 10. Both are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, each on $1 million bail.

  • League of Women Voters to meet April 23

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear’s next hot topic presentation will be Monday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hanover Room at the New Hanover County Main Library at 201 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    This month’s hot topic discussion will be “N.C. Private Schools Receiving Vouchers: A Study of the Curriculum,” presented by guest speaker Bonnie Bechard, vice president of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear.

  • Coastal Ambassador training session April 18

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s April Southeast Coastal Ambassador training will be Part II of a series of meetings to discuss conservation work in the lower Cape Fear River basin. This training will take place at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach on April 18. An orientation for new members will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

  • Meetings mitigate flooding woes in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A series of residential “tailgate meetings” last week addressed flood mapping and related concerns from citizens.

    The informal sessions took place April 4 at three neighborhood sites where stormwater runoff and flooding have been problems, on Northwest Drive, Oakbark Court and Sunfield Drive.

    The outdoor gatherings culminated with a community meeting at the end of the day at town hall.

  • Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center readies for opening

    SUPPLY — Final touches are under way at the new Novant Health Brunswick Endoscopy Center that should be ready to open in just a few more weeks.

    Shelbourn Stevens, president of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, along with endoscopy center administrator Lynette Pinkston, conducted a sneak-peek media preview of the new center at 13 Medical Campus Drive, Suite 101, last week.

  • Local library readies for move, new name

    Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road will officially close to the public at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30, to move to a new location on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

    Once it’s relocated, the library will also have a new name — Southwest Brunswick Branch Library, branch manager Christi Iffergan said.

    The library move will begin Tuesday, May 1, to the new site at 9400 Ocean Highway, previous address of Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • NCDOT reports traffic shift on Village Road in Leland

    The westbound lanes of Village Road between Northgate Drive and Fairview Road in Lelandwill be shifted to allow for the realignment of Northgate Drive for about 60 days.

    In announcing the shift Thursday, the N.C. Department of Transportation reminded motorists to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

  • Sunset Beach mayor pro tem Benton faces DWI charge

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton was arrested by Sunset Beach police last week on a charge of driving while impaired.

    Benton, 61, told the Beacon he was stopped by a Sunset Beach police officer after he left The Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard North around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.

    Benton said he drank three beers and ate an appetizer at the mainland restaurant before being stopped as he drove down West North Shore Drive toward his home on the Sunset Beach island.

  • Club Profile - Art League of Leland

    Contact: Candace Whitlock, candace@chuckwhitlock.com

    Information: artleagueofleland.org

    Meetings: First meeting 4 to 6 p.m. April 12 at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1224 Magnolia Village Way, Leland. Meetings follow on the second Thursday of each month except July, August and December.

    Brunswick County artists will have a new opportunity to share ideas, learn from and encourage one another as part of the new Art League of Leland, a club that will be based at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

  • Belville rejects alligator hunting in town limits

    BELVILLE — Belville became the first municipality in North Carolina to reject alligator hunting March 17 after the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission approved limited hunting at its Feb. 28 meeting.

    “The state has opened up alligator hunting in the state of North Carolina,” Mayor Mike Allen said. “I know the bill was put through based on a lottery system. That means they are going to limit the amount of people who can even hunt.