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  • Lawsuit over Odell Williamson Airport reinstated

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Ocean Isle Beach airport operator.

    The lawsuit Tim Jackson and David Hill, owners of Jackson/Hill Aviation Inc. and Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s former Fixed Base Operator (FBO), filed against the town of Ocean Isle Beach was dismissed Nov. 2, 2015.

    Appellate court Judge Richard Dietz, wrote a judgment Feb. 7, with Chief Judge Linda McGee and Judge John Marsh Tyson in agreement, the case should not have been dismissed.

  • Shallotte police arrest woman on felony larceny charge

    Shallotte police arrested a Supply woman wanted in a January theft.

    Amy Elizabeth Griffie, 36, of Partridge Place was arrested Feb. 7 at her residence and charged with felony larceny, Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    Griffie is accused of stealing a ring worth about $1,000 from the counter of Pawn-USA on Main Street on Jan. 19. The ring has not been found.

     Griffie was released Feb. 7 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.    

  • Shallotte man arrested on 2014 sex crime charges involving child

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man on 2014 sex crime charges involving child.

    Timothy Paul Freshwater, 33, of Woodthrush Lane was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, and charged with statutory rape/sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child and sex offense in a parental role, all felonies.

    Warrants show the incident took place Oct. 21, 2014, when the victim was 13. 

  • CGMS students face discipline after BB guns found in locker

    Four Cedar Grove Middle School students face disciplinary action after a school resource officer discovered Airsoft BB Guns in a locker Feb. 8.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said a tip from a student led to SRO Kenneth Powell finding two BB guns. She said Powell and principal Michael Hobbs took immediate action and the four seventh-graders involved were identified.

    Swencki said all four students face disciplinary action according to the school’s code of conduct, which ranges from short-term to possible long-term suspension.

  • 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.