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  • SBHS students charged in school system network hack

    Two South Brunswick High School students are accused of hacking into Brunswick County Schools’ computer syatem and disrupting the district’s Internet connectivity.

  • Dispute between judge, District Attorney interrupts murder trial

    BOLIVIA — A dispute between Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis and District Attorney Jon David briefly interrupted witness testimony Wednesday, April 8, in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    It was the 10th day of the first-degree murder trial for Montey Andrea Murray of Wilmington, who also faces a felony child abuse charge in the death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Traffic stop results in largest Brunswick County heroin seizure

    A collaborative months-long investigation of a pair of Supply cousins led to a traffic stop April 7 resulting in the largest seizure of heroin in Brunswick County history.

    Deputies stopped a rented minivan at U.S. 17 and N.C. 87 near Winnabow about 9:30 p.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Evidence of drugs within the van prompted them to contact the Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Carolina Shores to ask state not to mess with its money

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised to approve a resolution asking the state “not to mess with our tax money.”

    Commissioners agreed at their monthly workshop this past Monday morning, April 6, to have a resolution about the pending state Sales Tax Fairness Act, on the consent agenda for their upcoming monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, April 9.

  • East end inaction could cost more than $35 million, OIB mayor says

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If nothing is done to fend off erosion at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, economic losses could total more than $35 million over the next 30 years, Mayor Debbie Smith outlined at a public workshop about a proposed terminal groin for her island this past Saturday, April 4.

  • Sunset Beach mayor opposes town staff recommendation

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has opposed a town staff-supported request to remove multifamily residential uses from the island’s beach business (BB1) commercial zoning district.

    Watts, who owns property in the district, said he spoke “as a citizen” at the board’s April 2 meeting about island resident Jan Harris’ requested zoning change, which the board tabled until its April 16 meeting.

  • Sunset Beach councilman explains role on terminal groin team

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill said he was invited to attend a meeting about Ocean Isle Beach’s proposed terminal groin about two years ago while serving on the Brunswick Beaches Consortium.

    Sherrill, reading a statement at his town board’s monthly pre-meeting workshop Monday, April 6, said he was invited as a member of the public by Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith to an environmental impact statement (EIS) meeting about the groin sought for Ocean Isle Beach’s east end in late 2012 or early 2013.

  • County board responds to legislative bills with slew of resolutions

    BOLIVIA — County officials have made their stand clear on local legislative items.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously during their meeting Monday, April 6, for a series of resolutions to notify legislators of the county’s stance on proposed legislation that, if approved, could greatly impact Brunswick County.

  • Residents bring H2GO fight to county

    BOLIVIA — Residents of northern Brunswick County who have called for an end to the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO sanitary district filled the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners room Monday, April 6, to seek the board’s support.

    The residents of Magnolia Greens and Waterford subdivisions in Leland, among other H2GO customers, learned that property in Belville, which sits between the neighborhoods, has been zoned for H2GO to build a $40 million reverse osmosis water plant.

  • School district staff, board members consider bond for construction projects

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and Brunswick County Board of Education members are mulling the possibility of asking voters to approve a multimillion-dollar bond to fund capital projects.

    Board member John Thompson, who serves on the district’s operations committee, said the district has reached a stage at which a bond is the only option.