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  • BCAR: Brunswick County market remains strong and consistent

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market demonstrated strength and consistency throughout the month of October. The number of units sold and the average sales price both increased while available inventory decreased, according to the most recent statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    The average sales price was $247,136 for October of 2016, compared with $236,765 for October of 2015, a 4.4 percent increase.

  • Election protest withdrawn at hearing

    BOLIVIA — An election protest claiming a Southport man voted in November’s general election both in Brunswick County and another state was withdrawn at a Nov. 22 hearing.

    Brunswick County Republican Party Chairman Joe Agovino of Southport filed the protest Nov. 17, which delayed the completion of the Brunswick County Board of Elections’ canvass of the Nov. 8 general election results.

  • Man accused of assaulting deputy cleared of charges

    A Supply man accused of punching a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy last summer was cleared of the charges against him.

    Terry D. Sossamon pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, injury to personal property, interfering with emergency communication and false imprisonment charges Nov. 18 before Judge Jerry A. Jolly, court records show. He was found not guilty of the first four charges and prosecutor Shirley Smircic’s motion to dismiss the fifth charge was granted.

  • Water line repair complete, voluntary water conservation ends

    Crews completed repairs Monday on a raw water main that broke in October, lifting all water restrictions that remained in place for Brunswick County Public Utilities customers.

    “We are back to normal operation,” public utilities director Jerry Pierce said.

    Customers and wholesale water purchasers had been under mandatory, then voluntary water restrictions since mid-October.

  • Fugitive extradited to Brunswick County

    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., man wanted in connection with an Oct. 28 officer assault at a pharmacy near Sunset Beach has been extradited back to Brunswick County.

    Keith Lee Sessoms, 36, of 7129 Clay Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, after being extradited from New York City, where he was apprehended Nov. 8 by U.S. Marshals.

    Sessoms’ secured bond has been set at $1 million.

  • BSL police investigate shooting

    Boiling Spring Lakes police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Friday, Nov. 25.

    The victim, who was not identified, suffered a single gunshot wound and was treated and released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Chief Brad Shirley said.

    Police responded to the shooting at 10:05 p.m. in the area of Bet Lane and New Hanover Road, Shirley said.

    “The shooting is related to a dispute between several individuals who were in the road at the time the victim was shot,” he said in a news release.

  • Sunset Beach man claims $2M lottery ticket sold in Calabash

    Staff Report

     

    For Carnell Marlowe of Sunset Beach, Thanksgiving turned out to be his lucky day after he bought a winning Powerball ticket worth $2 million.

    “I’m so grateful,” Marlowe said in a North Carolina Education Lottery news release. “I’ve actually won other games before on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving’s been good to me.”

    Marlowe beat the odds of 1 in 11.7 million to win the prize in Saturday’s drawing. 

  • Leland man killed in head-on collision

    A Leland man died Nov. 22 after his vehicle hit another head-on on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

    Elijah James Barron, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, North Carolina State Highway Patrol First Sgt. Troy Pope said.

    Barron was driving north on Mount Misery Road when he crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by Miranda Holmes at 5:45 p.m., Pope said.

    Holmes, whose age and town of residence were not available, had been wearing a seat belt.

    Barron, who Pope said was at fault in the crash, had not been wearing a seat belt.

  • Oak Island police seek teen last seen Nov. 22

    Oak Island police are requesting assistance from the public to find 15-year-old Trevor Joe Freeman.

    Freeman is described as a 5-foot-5 white boy weighing 150 pounds with short light brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen at his home in the 2200 block of East Beach Drive on Oak Island at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, wearing camouflage shorts and white shoes.

    Anyone with information regarding Freeman’s whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 278-5595 or the Brunswick County Communications Center at 253-7490.

  • Trustees OK live project for welding technology department

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees approved a request from the Welding Technology Department to have a live project through which students create projects in the classroom and sell their goods.

    With funds from the project, students will be able to create a special account allowing them to replenish their goods and to make more items in class, board member Gene Steadman said during the board’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Other live projects, like a plant sale by the horticulture department, exist already on campus, he said.