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  • Wilmington man convicted in Leland murder

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Superior Court jury convicted a Wilmington man of first-degree murder Monday, Dec. 8, in the shooting death of a Leland man in January.

    The jury also convicted James C. Ketchum, 45, of first-degree burglary and possession of firearm by a felon in the slaying of 33-year-old Jason Anderson.

    Gale Adams sentenced Ketchum to life in the N.C. Department of Correction without parole.

    Assistant District Attorneys Lee Bollinger and Cathi Radford prosecuted the case.

  • Government rectifies flood insurance mapping errors

     Local homeowners will find relief in the amount they pay for flood insurance now that mapping errors have been corrected by the federal government in a bill pushed through the House of Representatives by Congressman Mike McIntyre.

    The House passed legislation by a vote of 410-7 that was authored and introduced by McIntyre and ensures North Carolina homes mistakenly included in coastal protection zones will receive flood insurance. These areas were originally included in coastal protection zones by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • School district shifts to more digital approach

     BOLIVIA — As education continues to shift to a more digital learning environment, Brunswick County Schools are forced to transition with statewide and national trends.

    The days of each student having a personal textbook in every subject are over, said Acacia Dixon, district director of instructional technology.  Dixon also manages the school system’s library media services and is in charge of all textbook services.

  • Newspaper drops lawsuit against charter school group

     A lawsuit alleging a local educational management company failed to comply with public records laws has been dismissed in Superior Court, but could be filed again in coming months.

    The law firm representing the StarNews in Wilmington, part of Halifax Media LLC, has filed a “voluntary dismissal” in a lawsuit centered around public records violations in New Hanover County Superior Court, according to a news release from Roger Bacon Academy spokeswoman Sawyer Batten. 

  • Bridge closing frustrates community members

     SHALLOTTE — Some Gray Bridge Road residents are furious with the state for opting to replace the bridge.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close Gray Bridge Road, two-tenths of a mile south of N.C. 130, beginning Monday, Dec. 15, through Monday, April 13, 2015 for bridge replacement.

    Sean Barker and Tina Hewett live in a home just past Gray Bridge Road on the way to Shell Point Road, meaning the bridge closure will have its greatest impact on them and their close neighbors.

  • Door-to-door salesman arrested on attempted murder warrants

     A community complaint led to the arrest of a man wanted on two counts of attempted murder in South Carolina.

    Leland police responded to a call Dec. 6 about a “suspicious person selling carpet-cleaning supplies,” Lt. Joe Pierce said in a news release.

    “Sgt. Clint Smith and (Officer) Keisha Bowden received a call about a suspicious person,” Chief Mike James said. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do and checked for warrants. It came back a hit. They did an excellent job.”

  • BSL couple accused of selling ‘molly’

     Two Boiling Spring Lakes residents face a slew of drug charges after investigators seized nearly $50,000 in narcotics from their home.

    Thirty-four-year-old Christy Joyce Anderson and 31-year-old Scott Eldred Anderson have each been charged with felony trafficking MDA/MDMA, a form of Ecstasy, after agents searched their Elm Street home Thursday night, Dec. 4.

  • Duo charged in break-ins, November shooting

     A couple facing felony breaking and entering charges face additional felony charges in New Hanover County related to a November shooting in Wilmington.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Kimberly Marie Mayhew, of Quail Hollow Road in Leland, and 33-year-old James Edison Smallwood Jr., of Rutledge Drive in Wilmington, have been charged in the Nov. 12 shooting on the 4900 block on Lord Tennyson Road, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Dec. 4 news release.

  • Residents seek answers about Sunset Beach development

    SUNSET BEACH — Residents continue to question plans for oceanfront development west of Mad Inlet.

    Continued town staff review of proposed plans for Sunset Beach West was scheduled for another technical review committee (TRC) meeting Dec. 18, but the meeting was cancelled by the town on Dec. 9.

  • BLT presents 'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' Dec. 12-14

    Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting four performances this weekend of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at its new River Road site in Southport.

    Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, with a final matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the theater relocated to a former church building at 8068 River Road.