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  • Leland man receives prison sentence for role in 2013 home invasion

     A Leland man was sentenced to more than 13 years in state prison after pleading guilty to several felony charges, including three counts of second-degree kidnapping, in New Hanover County Superior Court last week.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kadeem Ramel Thomas received the sentence after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious bodily injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping, according to a news release issued by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.

  • Sea Notes herald Fourth of July with patriotic concerts this weekend

    The public is invited to kick off America’s Fourth of July celebration a week early as the Sea Notes Choral Society presents its 2015 patriotic concert, “A Salute to America, We the People,” in two performances this weekend.

    Concert times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The chorus’ annual salute to America will be under the direction of Dianne Hoffman, with accompanist Susan Linton.

  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by kennel owners Steve and Debra Somersett at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.

  • Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

     A bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle in Supply on June 13.

    Twenty-five-year-old James Wesley Gray, of Supply, was pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. after he was struck by a Cadillac SUV near Mount Pisgah and Cumbee roads, Brunswick County deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    The vehicle struck Gray from behind and he was pronounced dead while being taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Crocker added.

  • Latest housing data show local market is improving

     The housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to statistics released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County Association of Realtors interim CEO Cynthia Cumbie said the real estate market in Brunswick County is “moving forward,” based on statistics released in a news release issued by BCAR on June 17.

    Although there was a slight decrease in the number of listings in Brunswick County, the percentage of units sold increased more than 14 percent, Cumbie said.  

  • BCC signs articulation agreement with Mt. Olive

     Brunswick Community College continues to offer its students additional services during its ascent as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country.

  • Grand jury indicts man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Northwest man accused of sexually assaulting a child has been indicted by a superior court grand jury.

    Antonio Malik Sutton, 19, was arrested March 5 and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

    He was indicted on those charges June 15 before Brunswick County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis.

  • Thirteen dogs die in Brunswick kennel fire

    Thirteen dogs have perished in a fire that broke out Sunday night at Diamond-A-Kennels, a pet boarding facility at 60 Green Bay Road, which has an Ocean Isle Beach address west of U.S. 17.

    The structure fire was called in by the kennel’s owners at 8:44 p.m. June 21 after a neighbor notified them of a fire at the kennels.

    Responding fire crews found smoke coming from the building and were told there were about 50 dogs inside.

    Crews were able to respond quickly because they had been investigating an unrelated brush fire on Green Bay Road.

  • Coast Guard, county paramedic render aid to boat passenger

    Coast Guard Oak Island crew members and a Brunswick County paramedic came to the aid of an ailing man Wednesday on a boat outside Southport.

    Personnel at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification about noon from the 25-foot recreational vessel, which had five people aboard, about a 35-year-old man who was having heart problems and drifting in and out of consciousness, according to a Coast Guard news release. The boat was about 28 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.

  • Sunset Merchants Association get a grilling about marketing

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Merchants Association is being scrutinized by some town council members who wonder how money given to the group is affecting visitation to the town.

    At council’s monthly workshop Tuesday,

    town councilman/mayor pro tem Lou De Vita told merchants association board member Darren Bouley there are “some real problems.” He also asked how posting information about the planetarium and the concert series helps tourism.