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  • Judge sentences S.C. man for trafficking heroin in county

    A judge sentenced a South Carolina man to serve up to seven years in prison for trafficking heroin in Brunswick County, according to a news release issued Friday, July 15, by the District Attorney’s Office.

    Todd Mitchell Waters, 43, of Conway, pleaded guilty Wednesday, July 13, to trafficking 2,000 wax bindles (dosage units) of heroin in a case prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas.

  • Sunset Beach home destroyed in Friday fire; no injuries reported

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH — A Sunset Beach home is considered a total loss after an early morning fire Friday, July 15, on East Main Street.

    No one was injured.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the accidental 2 a.m. fire began when a grill on a porch with warm coals was blown over by high winds. The coals landed on pine straw next to the home, catching the straw on fire.

  • Pelican’s SnoBalls opens in Leland

    LELAND — Leland has a new temptation now that Pelican’s SnoBalls has opened on Village Road.

    Chris Baker and Kyle Kelsey are the owner/operators of the new store, which opened July 1 at 403 Village Road NE, the former location of Mr. Frosty’s Subs & Ice Cream shop.

    Baker said the Leland shop is the third Pelican’s SnoBalls the duo has opened, but it is their first business in Brunswick County.

    They also run the Pelican’s SnoBalls sites on Market Street and Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington.

  • County hires economic development manager out of Southport

    Brunswick County’s restructured economic development department has found its manager.

    John Allen, formerly the community development specialist for Southport, was hired to run the day-to-day economic development efforts June 27 at a starting salary of $66,770.

    Allen fills a role created when Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously March 1 to merge the county’s economic development and planning departments.

  • OIB preps for Comprehensive Land Use Plan, oyster festival

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials selected the Cape Fear Council of Government to develop the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at the town’s Tuesday, July 12, meeting.

    Deputy Town Administrator Justin Whiteside said the town has received a $15,000 grant from the Division of Coastal Management to help fund the land use plan.

    Whiteside said the COG’s $30,000 estimate included in their proposal was the lowest bid town staff received for the project.

  • Columbus County transportation projects top Brunswick, Pender priorities

    The Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) approved a priority list of regional projects it is seeking to fund in the next update of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The CFRPO, which consists of representatives of Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Cape Fear Council of Governments, met July 6 in Leland.

  • Storms cause some damage as Hurricane Bertha 20th anniversary arrives

    While the summer sun has come out for vacationers, bouts of severe weather have impacted Brunswick County in different ways over the past few weeks.

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said a July 3 lightning strike at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant damaged radio equipment used in operating water pumps.

    A redundant system is connected at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center in Supply stopped working about 6 a.m. July 8 because of a power surge.

  • Burr returns county MSA issue to Congress

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr re-introduced a measure to require the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to consider Brunswick County part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), instead of the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA.

    Burr attached an amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations Act of 2016 to require the OMB to accurately measure the economy and population of the Wilmington area, including Brunswick County.

  • Man arrested in SC in Longwood robbery

    A Longwood man wanted in an armed robbery in Brunswick County in April was captured in South Carolina on July 3.

    Georgetown police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille Rasheed Vereen at 4:30 a.m. and booked at the Georgetown County Detention Center on a charge of disorderly conduct.

    Both Vereen and 32-year-old Senneca Lamar Flowers are accused of stealing a 22-year-old man’s cell phone and wallet before hitting him in the head with a handgun April 26 in the 2000 block of Longwood.

  • Two indicted in separate drug trafficking cases

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted two people on drug trafficking charges in separate cases June 27.

    ·      Christy Chatfield, 39, of Graham Drive in Leland, conspiring to sell/deliver marijuana, trafficking opium/heroin and felony cocaine possession. She was arrested on the charges March 23 and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility that day on $750,000 bail.