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  • Mother of slain baby pleads guilty, agrees to testify against alleged killer

    The Leland mother of a 15-month-old boy who died in January pleaded guilty to a felony charge and agreed to testify against the man accused of killing her son.

    Angel Marie Ray pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact felony of child abuse in Brunswick County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

  • Sunset Beach project prompts petition, public records query
  • Village at Sunset Beach expansion gets early OK
  • Band of the Week: Continental Divide shakes up OIB 8.28
  • 'Becoming Lady' author pens canine hit

    It’s her first book, and it’s already a bestseller.

    Local author Jeanne Maxon is quickly learning nothing succeeds like a good dog story.

    Since publishing “Becoming Lady — A Rescued Golden’s Journey from Lonely to Loved,” last June, the Ocean Ridge Plantation resident has already sold out of her first batch of 265 copies and has ordered more.

  • Four convicted on drug charges receive prison terms

    Four Brunswick County residents were sentenced to prison terms last week in Superior Court after either pleading guilty to or being convicted on drug charges in separate cases, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday, Aug. 25.

    Judge James Ammons sentenced Harvey Lee Grady of Leland to serve seven to nine-and-a-half years in the North Carolina Department of Correction after a jury convicted him as a habitual felon on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks Calabash liquor store thieves

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for two Little River, S.C., men who they say stole liquor from the Calabash ABC store Thursday, Aug. 20.

    Mark Steven Johnson, 46, and John Edward Morrison, 32, both of Lakeside Drive, are each wanted on a charge of misdemeanor larceny, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The men came into the store at 10203 Beach Drive about 3 p.m., Flax said. When security footage was viewed later that day, the men were seen taking bottles of liquor without paying for them.

  • School district works to resolve coal ash issue with state agency

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials are still working to resolve the problem caused by coal ash on the athletic fields at South Brunswick Middle School.

    School district officials found out about the coal ash on the fields two years ago. Last year, state officials determined the small amounts of coal ash don’t pose health risks to students, but the fields are still not being used.

    The district is still working with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) on the problem.

  • Coastal alliance sets September meeting with consultant

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Brunswick Coastal Community Alliance, formerly the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, talked taking their alliance up the coast and on to Raleigh at their quarterly meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, in Holden Beach Town Hall.

    The alliance includes former consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Brunswick County government.

    The name change is meant to signify the towns will work together on beach protection issues, but will no longer operate under a written agreement.

  • Shallotte man faces drug, other charges after traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man on drug and other charges after a traffic stop Thursday night, Aug. 20, on N.C. 130 near Shallotte.

    Drug agents and special operations deputies charged 21-year-old Jamar Akeem Bethea, of McMilly Road, with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and unintentional littering, according to a sheriff’s office news release.