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  • Bladen County man charged in fatal collision near Bolivia

    A Bladen County man is charged in a traffic collision on U.S. 17 near Bolivia that killed a Wilmington man and injured another man early Thursday morning, Aug. 20.

    Sixty-two-year-old David Christopher Satrazemis was pronounced dead at the scene after his 1993 Toyota Camry collided with a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of U.S. 17 at 5:57 a.m., N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper John M. King said.

  • Meeting to address county conservation, environmental issues

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District, will conduct a local working group meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the conference room at the Brunswick County Soil Conservation/NRC District Office in Bolivia.

  • Travel study shows visitor spending in Brunswick County close to $500 million

    Tourists spent an estimated $496 million in Brunswick County last year, according to a travel industry study released Aug. 11.

    The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association, which provides annual estimates of the impact of the travel activity of U.S. residents on national, state and county economies.

  • North Brunswick Chamber presents car show, drive-in movie Saturday

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts its 12th annual car show, Leland Under the Lights, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22.

    The show will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest
Lowes Foods on U.S 17 in Leland, rain or shine.

    The car show will set up just to the left of the Lowes Foods store on the asphalt, not in the field so everyone will be “under the lights,” which is where the name comes from, Susan Cruse, past North Brunswick Chamber board president, said.

    “Brunswick Forest has it blocked off for us,” she said.

  • Holden Beach police chief cites thefts from unlocked vehicles

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne told the town board visitors leaving their vehicles unlocked is the reason for the number of thefts in town over the summer.

    But they can’t seem to get the message — lock your doors — across.

    “I don’t know how many times I’ve said it,” Layne told town commissioners during their Aug. 11 meeting. “For the last month we have been worn out by drug addicts from the mainland coming to the island to shop (from) unlocked cars.”

  • County commissioners still support seismic surveying, offshore drilling

    BOLIVIA — While two Brunswick County commissioners changed their minds on supporting seismic surveying and offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a 2-2 vote Monday night, Aug.17, kept the county as one of few advocates for these activities on the North Carolina coast.

    Commissioners approved a resolution supporting seismic testing and offshore oil exploration during their July 6 meeting. But after a number of residents voiced their concerns over the decision at the board’s July 20 meeting, commissioners decided to take a second look at the issue.

  • Two new drug agents help sheriff’s office combat heroin problem

     SUPPLY — Lt. Steve Lanier, who supervises the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, was sitting at his desk this week when the phone rang. A concerned member of the community had phoned Lanier and his team of narcotics agents to say he suspected a man of planning to traffic large amounts of heroin into the county soon.

    As recently as five years ago, such a tip would’ve been a major breakthrough for the Drug Enforcement Unit. On this particular sweltering afternoon in August, it was just another day at the office.

  • Trial for former officer accused of killing teen won’t start in 2015

     The trial for a former Southport police officer accused killing a schizophrenic teenager in January 2014 won’t be scheduled until after the start of 2016.

    Bryon Vassey faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest in his Boiling Spring Lakes home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Sheriff: Body cameras a resourceful tool for deputies, detention officers

     BOLIVIA — Whether a road patrol deputy is performing a traffic stop or responding to the scene of a major crime, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram wants his officers to be accountable for their actions.

    Thanks to the purchase of 90 body cameras earlier this year, the sheriff has a valuable tool to determine whether his deputies perform professionally and appropriately.

  • Leland man accused of dragging his child’s mother through parking lot

     A Leland man accused of dragging his child’s mother through a parking lot Monday is facing a pair of misdemeanor charges.

    Leland police arrested 26-year-old Edwin Saravia-Escobar and charged him with assault on a female and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after they said he dragged the woman by her hair through a parking lot in the 200 block of Village Road while she was holding their 5-year-old son Aug. 10, warrants show.