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  • Powerball winner, boyfriend face drug charges

    The 26-year-old woman who claimed $88 million in winnings from the Powerball lottery in February was cited on drug charges during a search of her home July 23 in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies searched Fontella Marie Holmes’ residence on Boverie Street in the Rutledge community off Gray Bridge Road that night.

    Holmes was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Supply man sought on felony charges turns self in

    A 19-year-old Supply man wanted on two felonies turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, July 22.

    Zachary Sky Matthews of Green Pine Drive faces breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Matthews is accused of breaking into a home on Lewis Street, damaging  the home’s front door and door frame, and stealing a microwave oven and electronics worth $250, warrants show.

  • Sunset Beach mayor to advance promotions policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Ron Watts has been tasked with creating a promotions policy for the town to serve as a guideline for the local merchants association.

    Watts, speaking at town council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, July 21, said he would have something ready in time for council’s next monthly meeting Aug. 3.

  • Leland opens new town hall for review, town meeting

    LELAND — Leland residents had their first chance to walk through the new town hall July 16 before a dedication ceremony prior to the monthly town meeting.

    Officials also christened the building by hosting the meeting in the new commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor.

    Visitors were able to walk through the completed, but unfurnished, two-story town hall, which includes administration offices and the meeting room in one wing along Town Hall Drive and the police department, whose wing runs along Old Fayetteville Road.

  • Holden Beach seeks NCDOT crosswalks, votes down $500,000 toilets

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach staff sought help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve the town’s crosswalks after receiving complaints about deficient pavement markings, signs and maintenance.

    But according to the NCDOT, the town improperly created crosswalks at every beach access — 24 in all — along Ocean Boulevard.

    Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, updated commissioners about the issue during their July 14 meeting.

  • Candidate filing ends for November elections

    A handful of candidates, including a number of incumbents, waited until the final day of the filing period to run for office in the November municipal election.

    Council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. The filing period opened at 8:30 a.m. July 6 and ended at noon Friday, July 17.

    The end of the filing period also showed a small number of elected officials chose not to seek re-election.

  • Offshore oil drilling opponents ask county commissioners to reconsider resolution

    BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Board of Commissioners resolution advocating seismic surveys and offshore drilling development brought a host of opponents to Monday’s commission meeting.

    The resolution, passed July 6, said the board supports seismic surveying in the Atlantic Ocean to promote future offshore drilling efforts off the coast. It states there is a lack of demonstrated harm to marine mammal populations or coastal communities and effective mitigation measures used by the geological and geophysical industry protect individual animals.

  • School board continues discussion on day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — For the last six months, officials have discussed the possibility of implementing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    Those discussions continued at the Brunswick County School Board’s operations committee meeting Tuesday, July 21, at the district’s administrative offices.

    At their regular meeting in early July, board members approved Bolivia Elementary School as a potential site for the program on the condition that staff explore other options throughout the community before Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Project Lazarus consultant confident in county’s ability to combat drug problem

     BOLIVIA — Anne Thomas has traveled across the Tar Heel State for the last five years as a consultant for communities trying to combat prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

    Thomas, who also works with Community Care of North Carolina, works with Project Lazarus for those seeking to establish the program in their communities.

    She has assisted the project’s Brunswick County Coalition since Project Lazarus founder Fred Brazon brought community leaders together last summer to address the prescription painkiller problem locally.

  • Mothers, children benefit from community baby shower

     SHALLOTTE — As a certified nursing assistant in the labor and delivery department at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Lauren Haigler sees mothers almost every day who may not have what they need — diapers, wipes, formula, clothes and car seats — when they leave the hospital.

    Mothers could receive all of those things at more at the inaugural Brunswick Baby Shower, which Haigler hosted Saturday, July 18, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte.

    The large turnout surprised Haigler, who began organizing the event just six weeks ago.