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  • Leland woman arrested on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 66-year-old Leland woman accused of trying to sell oxycodone pills in January.

    Wilma L. Batten of Village Road was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II substance, felony conspiring to traffic opium/heroin, felony conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    Warrants show Batten attempted to sell a pill bottle containing 17 oxycodone pills Jan. 18.  

  • Plea hearing scheduled Feb. 20 in 2016 fatal Shallotte crash

        A Carolina Shores teen facing charges in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February 2016 is scheduled to enter a plea in Brunswick County Court on Monday, Feb. 20, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Hospice patient FaceTimes with rock hero Eddie Van Halen

    LELAND — It’s the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 5. Fifty-four-year-old Mike Brewer of Leland sits in a dim room holding an iPad that’s connected to FaceTime. On the screen in front of him is the image of a kitchen some 3,000 miles away.

    After a beat, a smiling man pops into view. Mike smiles back at rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen and says, “Hey, I know that guy.”

  • Supply families mourn pets in separate animal cruelty incidents

    SUPPLY — Two Supply families are grieving their pets in separate animal cruelty incidents.

    The Lay family of Sandy Bluff Drive SW in Supply is mourning their 2-year-old Staffordshire terrier Brudio, who was stabbed to death Feb. 5.

    Michael Lay and his wife Melissa described it as a typical Sunday for the family, with many of their five children outside the home before church.

    Nine-year-old Michael Lay Jr. was outside with Brudio near the the vacant house between their home and that of 61-year-old Carl “Sandman” Chamberlin.

  • Supply man faces two murder charges in Feb. 2 crash

    A 24-year-old Supply man faces another murder charge after a second person involved in a Feb. 2 crash died last weekend.

    William Chandler McHenry of Bluebird Lane is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, aggravated death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

    McHenry was driving his white 2003 Ford Explorer south in the 2000 block of Kirby Road in Supply about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 when he hit a white 2017 Chevy Equinox, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Strangman said.

  • Shop class launches housing start for feral felines

    BOLIVIA — It involved lessons in geometry combined with ones in humane treatment of animals as students in shop class at Brunswick County Academy tackled a new assignment last week to build houses to shelter homeless cats.

  • Carolina Shores opposes proposed GSATS study area, routes

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are wasting no time expressing disapproval of the proposed location for the Carolina Bays Parkway Extension.

    Last week, the five-member Carolina Shores town board unanimously approved a resolution opposing the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) area and “routes as initially proposed,” citing destruction of neighborhoods as the foremost reason.

  • Carolina Shores run a no-go

    CAROLINA SHORES — Organizers of the Calabash Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk have withdrawn an application to extend the route through Carolina Shores this year.

    “They’re going back to the drawing board,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Feb. 9.

    After meeting with town officials the previous day, event organizers felt they couldn’t meet standards of Carolina Shores’ ordinance related to traffic, public safety and nonprofit status, Mendenhall said.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available locally

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • School district to host AdvancED accreditation session Feb. 16

    Accreditation provides assurances to institutes of higher education and employers that our diplomas represent a rigorous course of study and valuable experiences that help prepare our students for their futures.