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  • Man sentenced for selling cocaine in Leland

    A Wilmington man will spend at least seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges in Brunswick County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 8.

    Judge C. Winston Gilchrist sentenced 36-year-old Wendell L. Ray to serve a minimum of 88 months to a maximum of 118 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after Ray pleaded guilty to two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Warrants: Ash man broke into store twice in three weeks

    A 31-year-old man is accused of breaking into the same Ash store twice in three weeks.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Jordan Norris, of Alligator Road NW in Ash, on Thursday, March 9, and charged him with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods or property and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Norris broke a window at Ash Grocery, 3892 Whiteville Road, on Feb. 24 and again March 7.

  • Former Carolina Shores Mayor Jack Elliott dies

    Former Carolina Shores Mayor Jack Elliott has died.

    Elliott, 89, died March 7 at SECU Hospice Care in Bolivia, according to an obituary from Brunswick Funeral Service in Shallotte. Elliott’s passing was also announced at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting last Thursday afternoon, March 9.

    Elliott, a native of Philadelphia, became the newly incorporated town of Carolina Shores’ first elected mayor in 1998.

  • Oak Island Pier closed, deemed unsafe

    Oak Island’s pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October, will remain closed to the public at least until next spring, town officials announced March 13.

    Town development services director Steven Edwards notified Mayor Cin Brochure and the pier’s operator, A.C. Thomes Jr., in an emailed and hand-delivered letter Friday, March 10, the public was accessing the pier, which he deemed unsafe for human occupancy and ordered to be boarded to prevent trespass.

  • Holden Beach receives disaster grant approval

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a $5.99 million disaster grant for repair of beach strand damages incurred by Hurricane Matthew in Holden Beach, the N.C. Department of Public Safety announced.

    The town is sorting through the details to determine what exactly this approval means for its Central Reach Project, which is expected to be completed this month. Dredging officially began Jan. 4 with a window through the end of March.

  • Flu still widespread in North Carolina

    An additional 17 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 4, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Flu activity has started to decrease, but the virus is still widespread in the state.

    The total number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 83. The two most recent weekly flu reports have accounted for 33 of those deaths.

  • Wildfire risk typically higher through May

    The North Carolina Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May.

    “During the spring fire season, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a news release. “There are many factors to consider before doing any burning.”

    North Carolinians thinking about burning debris should contact their county ranger for advice first, Troxler said.

  • Calabash home destroyed in early morning fire

    A Calabash woman and visiting family members narrowly escaped a structure fire that broke out in her house early Sunday morning.

    The Calabash Fire Department responded to the fire at 1:45 a.m. March 12 at 881 Carter Drive, a few blocks from the fire station on Persimmon Road, fire department spokeswoman Honey Chiocco said.

  • Southport police officer dies in single-vehicle crash

    Alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed a Southport police officer early Sunday morning, March 12, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

    Southport Mayor Jerry Dove said Officer Jason Freeman, 29, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Stone Chimney Road not far from his residence and about 11 miles outside city limits. No one else was injured.

    Freeman, a former Ocean Isle Beach police officer, was in his patrol car at the time of the crash but was not on duty, said Dove, the city’s retired longtime police chief.

  • Coast Guard rescues man from tugboat near Oak Island

    The Coast Guard rescued an injured 57-year-old man from a tugboat near Oak Island on Thursday, March 9.

    Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call at 2:50 p.m. from the tug Brooklyn reporting a crew member suffered injuries to his hand, according to a Coast Guard news release. The man was not identified.