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  • Men accused of sex crimes involving child indicted on drug charges

    Two Southport men who were charged with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Jan. 21 have been indicted on drug charges.

    Willie Anderson Dock Jr., 70, and Travis LaShawn Siler, 27, both of Cherry Road, were initially arrested Dec. 30, 2015, as a result of tips and complaints from the community, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • NBHS teacher accused of assaulting two children

    A math teacher at North Brunswick High School has been placed on leave amid accusations she assaulted two children younger than 12 last week.

    Two Elizabeth City women took out warrants for the arrest of 24-year-old Victoria Leigh Jeffries of Leland, whom they say injured their children sometime between Jan. 26 and 28.

    One woman claimed Jeffries kicked her 7-year-old son into a wall, causing bruises to his buttocks and right thigh, a warrant shows.

  • Work progressing on schools day treatment facility

    BOLIVIA — Work is moving along on a new day treatment facility that Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb hopes will be ready to open in just a few more months.

    “The goal right now is to move in as soon as possible, and we hope that will be April — probably will be May,” said Tubb, speaking at the board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2.

    The program at Bolivia Elementary School is going through building permitting and health department and fire inspection, Tubb said.

  • Leland police seek information in road rage investigation

    Leland police investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man they say was involved in a road rage altercation Thursday, Jan. 28.

    The man approached a customer at the Murphy USA gas station on New Point Boulevard in the Wal-Mart shopping center off U.S. 17 at 11:08 p.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    The man started an argument with the customer over a traffic incident where the other driver had not used his turn signal, then pushed him, Humphries said. When the victim fought back, the man assaulted him then left.

  • Sewer assessment set up for Palm Cove subdivision

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved extending sewer lines to the Palm Cove development on Sunset Beach and creating a special sewer assessment for the property owners to pay for it.

    Palm Cove includes nine parcels at the east end of Sunset Beach where Jinks Creek meets Tubbs Inlet.

    Commissioners, who adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Palm Cove subdivision at the Jan. 12 agenda meeting, set a public hearing for the Monday, Feb. 1, regular meeting.

  • Leland board approves changes to LCAC rates, programs

    LELAND — Leland intends to add more classes and more activities at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, with a new manager, in 2016.

    Former manager Jill Brown resigned at the end of 2015. Town Manager David Hollis said the staff has already begun receiving applications and will begin interviews this month.

    “We are trying to find the right person, so there is no deadline (for hiring),” he said. “If I had to guess, we will probably decide in the next month.”

  • County approves funds for SBMS coal ash disposal, SBHS drainage improvements

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved the use of school capital reserve funds to resolve the coal ash issue at South Brunswick Middle School and make drainage improvements to South Brunswick High School.

    Brunswick County holds funds collected in excess of amounts budgeted for Brunswick County Schools in a capital reserve fund.

  • Art matters: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary’s Reiter nominated for national award

    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter doesn’t teach because she’s seeking recognition or awards.

    Yet that’s exactly what’s been happening to the art teacher within the last 12 months.

    Reiter, one of three finalists for Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, has now been nominated for a national award that recognizes teachers who make a positive impact on their students.

  • Stormwater, retaining tax rate top goals in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Stormwater and retaining the current tax rate are among top topics for the upcoming fiscal year for the town board of commissioners.

    They were among issues addressed at the board’s annual retreat Thursday, Jan. 28, at town hall. The session was led by Mayor Pro Tem John Manning because Mayor Joyce Dunn was out sick.

  • Mosquitoes a biting topic in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — With mosquito season just around the bend, how to control them was more than small talk Monday in Carolina Shores.

    With moist conditions and standing water, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the Feb. 1 town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop that March typically marks the start of mosquito season and the town needs to plan in accordance.