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  • Lifelong gardener cultivates tower of butterbeans

    SUPPLY — Levi Grissett still doesn’t care much to eat his vegetables, but he sure loves to grow them.

    The Brunswick County native’s latest summer crop consists of a tall row of heirloom butterbeans towering over his backyard garden at his home on Empire Road, he estimates between 18 to 20 feet high.

    “The fantastic thing about those beans is they’ve been in my deep freeze for 10 years — I’ve had ‘em since ‘07,” the retired trucker said as he stood on his own expansive family heirloom property.

  • Sunset Beach says yes to Sunday brunch bill

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has given unanimous approval to the state-enabled “brunch bill,” which allows a town to choose whether to allow sales of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. instead of noon Sundays.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato was an involuntary part of the unanimous vote count after he tried to recuse himself from voting on the issue at council’s monthly meeting Monday night, stating while he has ownership in a local restaurant it is not directly affected by the measure.

  • Carolina Shores considers concert site

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town leaders are taking a look at setting up a public gathering spot where residents could convene for concerts and other events.

    It was broached as a possibility at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, where they took a brief field trip outside afterward to scope out the potential in the expansive backyard behind Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road where improvements are planned in coming months.

  • Man sentenced for Leland credit union robbery

    A Riegelwood man who admitted robbing a credit union in Leland in December will spend more than 10 years in prison,the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced 26-year-old Borenzo Cortez Patrick to 121 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on Tuesday in Greenville.

    Patrick faced at least 32 years in prison after pleading guilty May 12 to armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. No one was injured during the robbery.

  • Brunswick County Teen Court to host mini-mock trial

    Brunswick County Teen Court will host Columbus County and Bladen County Teen Court programs in the inaugural 13th District mini-mock trial competition from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Brunswick County Courthouse in Bolivia.

  • Man charged in BHI golf cart crash that injured passenger

    A Virginia man is accused of driving while impaired in a golf cart crash on Bald Head Island that resulted in his passenger’s hospitalization.

    Tyler Wainwright Sewell, 51, of Charlottesville is charged with driving while impaired and felonious serious injury by vehicle, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    Sewell was driving a golf cart in the vicinity of Maritime Way between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, when he made an abrupt left turn to avoid hitting a tree and ejected his passenger, Bald Head Island Village Manager Chris McCall said.

  • County water advisory rescinded

    As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption for most county water users in Shallotte, Calabash, Sunset Beach and adjoining areas that experienced low water pressure Aug. 8, Brunswick County Public Utilities Director John Nichols said.

    Ten customers from 7128 Old Georgetown Road SW to 7170 Old Georgetown Road SW remain under a system pressure advisory, Nichols said. All customers still affected have been notified directly with door hangers.

  • Shallotte man faces cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail after his arrest on cocaine charges.

    Julian Christopher Johnson, 48, of Shell Point Road is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Deputies arrest two on drug charges

     

  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate died Thursday morning at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Tony Edward Long, 36, of Oak Island was found unresponsive in his cell at 5:50 a.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.  

    Members of the jail’s medical staff rendered first aid but were unable to revive him.

    The sheriff’s office’s professional standards office found no evidence of foul play or suicide, the release said.