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  • Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

     A bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle in Supply on June 13.

    Twenty-five-year-old James Wesley Gray, of Supply, was pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. after he was struck by a Cadillac SUV near Mount Pisgah and Cumbee roads, Brunswick County deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    The vehicle struck Gray from behind and he was pronounced dead while being taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Crocker added.

  • Latest housing data show local market is improving

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to statistics released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said the real estate market in Brunswick County is “moving forward,” based on statistics released in a news release issued by BCAR on June 17.

    Although there was a slight decrease in the number of listings in Brunswick County, the percentage of units sold increased more than 14 percent, Cumbie said.  

  • BCC signs articulation agreement with Mt. Olive

     Brunswick Community College continues to offer its students additional services during its ascent as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country.

  • Grand jury indicts man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Northwest man accused of sexually assaulting a child has been indicted by a superior court grand jury.

    Antonio Malik Sutton, 19, was arrested March 5 and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

    He was indicted on those charges June 15 before Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis.

  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by the kennel’s owners at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.

    Crews were able to respond quickly because they had been investigating an unrelated brush fire on Green Bay Road.

  • Coast Guard, county paramedic render aid to boat passenger

    Coast Guard Oak Island crew members and a Brunswick County paramedic came to the aid of an ailing man Wednesday on a boat outside Southport.

    Personnel at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification about noon from the 25-foot recreational vessel, which had five people aboard, about a 35-year-old man who was having heart problems and drifting in and out of consciousness, according to a Coast Guard news release. The boat was about 28 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.

  • Sunset Merchants Association get a grilling about marketing

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Merchants Association is being scrutinized by some town council members who wonder how money given to the group is affecting visitation to the town.

    At council’s monthly workshop Tuesday,

    town councilman/mayor pro tem Lou De Vita told merchants association board member Darren Bouley there are “some real problems.” He also asked how posting information about the planetarium and the concert series helps tourism.

  • Calabash maintains 8.75-cent tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a $1.229 million budget that will maintain an 8.75-cent tax rate per $100 valuation for fiscal 2015-16.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly board meeting June 9, said the tax rate is the same as last year’s despite the 2015 Brunswick County tax revaluation in which the town lost about 19 percent of its tax value.

    “I just hope the public realizes we’re not raising their taxes in this coming year,” town commissioner Sandy Melahn said.

  • Oceanographer: Sharks hear people long before they see them

     After three reported shark bites in a 72-hour span, with two resulting in serious injuries to two children, people all across the country have wondered how such a rare occurrence could happen three times in as many days.

    Dr. Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, classified the shark bite on Ocean Isle Beach reported Thursday, June 11, as a “classic shark incident.”

  • 11th-hour vested rights sought in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Just as Sunset Beach Town Council scheduled a June 29 public hearing to consider reduced multi-family density in the town’s island commercial district, a developer is seeking vested rights.

    The town board of adjustment has delayed until July 8 deciding on developer Sammy Varnam’s request for vested rights to build a multi-family development in the island’s commercial district.