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  • Police investigate stabbing at Leland Food Lion

    Police are investigating an incident last week at Leland’s Food Lion where a woman was stabbed with an oyster knife.

    A Leland police report shows the 44-year-old victim, whose name was redacted, was stabbed Oct. 2 at the store at 103 Village Road. Her condition was not available.

    E911 dispatch records show someone called at 9:19 p.m. to report their daughter had been attacked and stabbed.

    No other information, including a description of the woman’s attacker, was available.

  • Man sentenced to more than seven years for burglary

    A Clarkton man will spend at least seven years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 39-year-old Jeffery Leon Collins to between 89 and 119 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

  • Commission suspends OIB real estate agent

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission suspended an Ocean Isle Beach real estate agent for failing to disclose a felony drug conviction promptly.

    The commission suspended 40-year-old Odell Frasier Bullington of Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach for 12 months.

  • Longtime library friend Marylin Searby lauded

    Marylin Searby was a friend of Hickmans Crossroads Library even before there was a library.

    Late last month, her fellow Friends of the Library at the county book branch on Calabash Road paid tribute with a reception honoring the octogenarian for her ongoing contributions to the little rural library that could.

  • Carolina Shores OKs $10,000 garage building

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved purchase of a garage building extension to store town equipment for a cost of $10,000.

    The standalone 30-by-30 building features a roll-up door and can withstand winds of up to 140 mph, Town Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the monthly town board meeting Thursday, Oct. 5.

    Commissioner Greg Davis said the purchase “sounds like a no-brainer. As we grow, our equipment grows.”

  • Science Café on GenX Oct. 19

    The Eastern North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting a Science Café on GenX open to the public from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Warwick Center, University of North Carolina in Wilmington.

  • Brunswick County transitions to eWIC

    Brunswick County is one of seven counties in North Carolina chosen to participate in the pilot roll-out of North Carolina WIC’s electronic benefits transfer (EBT) system, or eWIC.

    With the eWIC program, Brunswick County will issue eWIC cards, similar to debit cards, instead of paper food vouchers to WIC clients. Food benefits are pre-loaded into an electronic benefit account that the WIC client accesses with the eWIC card.

  • Early College High School named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

    BOLIVIA — The U.S. Department of Education has named Brunswick County Early College High School as one of the state’s two 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    Shallotte Middle School was the first in the county to receive the honor, for the 1999-2000 school year, followed by Waccamaw School for the 2000-01 school year.

    The other North Carolina high school recognized this year is Highland School of Technology in Gastonia.

  • Four face heroin charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested four people on heroin charges in separate cases.

    Adrian Varnam, 34, and Brandon Paul Varnam, 35, both of Stone Chimney Road in Supply, were arrested Sept. 22 and each charged with possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show the two had heroin and a wax bag in their possession Sept. 22. Their relationship was not given.

    Both were released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $5,000 bail, Brandon Varnam on Sept. 22 and Adrian Varnam on Sept. 25.

  • Woman charged in scam targeting Sunset Beach resident

    A Brooklyn, N.Y., woman is accused of posing as a lottery official to extort money from a Sunset Beach resident.

    Nimota Ajoke Ganiu, 55, of Clarkson Avenue was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with feloniously accessing computers, obtaining property by false pretense, and four counts each of exploitation of a disabled/elderly trust and conspiracy.