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  • Leland man accused of stealing safe from septic business

    A Leland man is accused of stealing a safe from a septic business.

    Thomas Louis Bortone, 24, of Mount Misery Road was arrested Sept. 13 and charged with safecracking, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor first-degree trespassing.

    Warrants show Bortone broke into Budget Septic at 9971 Chappell Loop Road and stole a Sentry safe that contained $400 in cash and various vehicle titles Sept. 12.

    Bortone was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $35,000 bail.

  • NCDEQ issues swimming alert for east end public beach access in Holden Beach

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has issued a swimming alert for the public beach access on the east end of Holden Beach.

    A Friday NCDEQ news release says state water quality officials are alerting the public that initial testing at the site showed levels of bacteria "exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards."

  • No one injured after pickup strikes school bus

    A pickup rear-ended a school bus early Wednesday morning, Sept. 13.

    No children were on board the bus and no one was injured.

    Odell Williamson Jr., 33, of Sunset Beach was driving north on U.S. 17 in Shallotte in a GMC pickup when he rear-ended a school bus driven by Teresa Walker, 46, of Longwood at 6:43 a.m. near Black’s Tire and Auto Service, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. H.A. Cannady said.

    After hitting the bus, the pickup ran off the road to the right. Walker was able to pull the bus over to the right.

  • Man charged in Supply break-in, assault

    A Southport man is accused of breaking into a Supply home, stealing items and assaulting a woman there.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ronnie Daniel Suggs, 39, of Pine Lake Road on Sept. 4 and charged him with breaking or entering, larceny from the person, assault by strangulation and second-degree kidnapping.

    Warrants show Suggs broke into a home in the 2000 block of Kirby Road, stole cologne, two EA cell phones, pens, pencils, clothing, cash, a motor vehicle key, a knife and three EA cigarette lighters and strangled the woman Sept. 3.

  • Couple accused of selling marijuana from home in Winnabow

    A Winnabow couple is accused of selling marijuana from their home.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 36-year-old Ronald Thomas Sessions and his wife, 38-year-old Holly Lane Sessions, of Bell Swamp Road on Sept. 4 and charged each with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking in marijuana, misdemeanor marijuana paraphernalia and child abuse.

  • READY results show high schools exceed growth

    All four Brunswick County district high schools continue to thrive, according to state data released Thursday.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction presented the READY accountability results during Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting.

  • Fire destroys vacant Bolivia home

    An early morning fire destroyed a vacant Bolivia home Thursday, Sept. 7.

    No one was injured.

    Fire crews arrived at a fire at 1221 Zack St. at 2 a.m. and cleared the scene about 6:30 a.m., Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Garner said the cause of the fire was ruled undetermined.

    Sunset Harbor & Zion Hill, Supply Volunteer and St. James fire personnel also responded.

  • Brunswick County Academy named one of America’s Healthiest Schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Academy is one of only 13 North Carolina schools and one of only 323 United States Schools named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools”—and it’s not the first time.

  • NAACP lauds Hewett, Warren as latest honorees

    They’ve been involved in the community for decades. To this day, they still are with no plans to retire.

    Longtime Brunswick County residents Bernest Hewett and Charles Warren were lauded Saturday night as the latest honorees at the Brunswick County Branch of NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

    Hewett, 69, received the local chapter’s 2017 Service to the Community Award.

    The Brunswick County native previously served as president of the combined branches of Brunswick, Cedar Grove and Southport NAACP Chapters 5452.

  • Sunset Beach delays park rules consideration again

    SUNSET BEACH — Heated debate including accusations and name-calling ensued as Sunset Beach Town Council once again addressed then postponed consideration of park rules and uses at the Sept. 5 meeting.

    In recent months, concern about park fees has arisen as it came to light the four owners of the for-profit Waterfront Markets LLC paid just a $25 permit fee to have weekly use of Sunset Beach Town Park for their Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach for 24 weeks.