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  • Woman accused of stealing shark tooth from museum

     A Chapel Hill woman is accused of stealing a prehistoric shark’s tooth from the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.

    Alison Ailene Erca, 62, of Brights Way was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, and charged with felony larceny, Southport Police Sgt. Mike Williams said.

    A woman removed the C. Megalodon shark’s tooth from its glass enclosure and left the museum with another woman just after 2 p.m., Oct. 9 museum curator and manager Mary Strickland said. Museum employees noticed the tooth was missing late that afternoon and nothing else was stolen.

  • Three teens face charges in Leland home invasion

    Two Sampson County teens have been arrested and a third is being sought in a Leland home invasion that happened Friday night, Oct. 10.

    Rackwon Chestnutt, 18, of Cornwallis Road, Turkey; Tijuan Terrill Campbell, 17, of Scronce Road, Harrells; and Jaleel Mekiah Spearman, 16, of North Bladen Avenue, Garland each face charges of first-degree burglary and injury to real property, warrants show.

  • Firefighters extinguish Calabash mobile home blaze

    The Calabash Fire Department extinguished a fire spotted and reported by a passerby at an unoccupied mobile home Oct. 7.

    The structure fire was reported at 5:18 p.m. at 982 Charlotte Ave. in Calabash.

    Arriving units found the right side of a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames and thick black smoke, department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.

  • Teen charged in SBHS bomb threat

    A Southport teen has been accused of making a bomb threat that briefly disrupted instruction time Thursday morning, Oct. 2, at South Brunswick High School’s Boiling Spring Lakes campus.

    Richard Christopher Patton, 17, of Burton Road, was charged Friday, Oct. 10, with communicating a false bomb report in a public building, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released on $10,000 bail.

  • Detectives seek Calabash man on assault charges

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a Calabash man accused of shooting another man Sunday, Oct. 5.

    Twenty-four-year-old Reggie Raphel Miller of Pea Landing Road faces assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault by pointing a gun charges, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Flax said Miller shot a man in the leg after an altercation at a home on Tree Acres Circle in Calabash about 11:45 p.m. that day.

  • Leland sets up survey, public input meetings for parks and rec needs

    Leland’s parks and recreation staff will spend October looking at their future needs.

    And they want town residents involved in the process.

    Parks and recreation staff will begin by hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the town hall council chamber to plan for the next phase of the Westgate Nature Park.

    Westgate Nature Park at 1260 Westgate Drive was built in 2013 on nearly 150 acres behind the New Pointe Boulevard shopping center on the south side of U.S. 17.

  • Sacred Heart hosts second resource fair Oct. 14

    Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport will host its second Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.

    Organizer Roy Tucker said the Resource Fair is for seniors, veterans, immigrants, the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed/underemployed, and anyone who might need help finding a job, affordable housing or shelter; getting food, health care or a flu shot; answering questions about immigration, having a home repaired or addressing other unmet needs.

  • World War II B-17 flies into Southport airfield Oct. 17-19

    A piece of aviation history will circle the sky over the Cape Fear Regional Jetport next weekend.

    One of the few remaining operational World War II B-17s, also known as the Flying Fortress, will fly into the Southport airport Oct. 17-19, hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 939 of oak Island.

    Named “Aluminum Overcast,” the B-17 was one of the last bombers of its kind built in 1945 before the end of World War II.

  • Brunswick County unemployment steady for past two months

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased from June’s 6.9 percent to 7.3 percent in July and stayed the same through August.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The unemployment rate is up one full point from the county’s two-year low, which reached 6.3 percent in April 2014.

    But the unemployment numbers are still nearly a full point below the August 2013 rate of 8.2 percent.

  • 4H Fair, parade set for Saturday at Brunswick County complex

    The Brunswick County 4H Fair returns for a second year Saturday, Oct. 11, the final day of National 4H Week.

    This year, National 4H Week ran from Oct. 5-11.

    The second 4H Fair is part of the yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of North Carolina’s Cooperative Extension Service.

    The Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service agents organize events, train volunteers to work with five 4H clubs in Brunswick County and make presentations in schools.

    This year the 4H Fair has 23 children participating with 200 exhibits entered.