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  • Judge denies motion to dismiss charge against Vassey

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown denied a motion Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the voluntary manslaughter charge against a former Southport police sergeant who shot and killed a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, was the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Drive residence of 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Man charged in Bolivia woods fire

    A Virginia man has been charged with accidentally starting a brush fire that was allowed to spread, leading to last week’s 1,578-acre woods fire in Bolivia.

    Phillip Jenkins has been charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor charge of setting fire to grassland, brushland or woodland. He faces a fine of no less than $10 and up to $50 plus court costs, said Mike Malcolm, North Carolina Forest Service District 8 ranger and law enforcement officer.

  • Sunset Beach board votes against requiring proof of land ownership

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board has advised the town not to require proof of property ownership before it issues permits for new construction.

    The board’s 3-1 majority decision at its April 21 meeting is an advisory one that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

    The measure not to require ownership proof was approved by board members Len Steiner, Noelle Kehrberg and Greg Jensen, with Bob Tone casting a dissenting vote after Town Attorney Grady Richardson advised requiring proof could make the town liable.

  • Strawberry fields yield seasonal fruit

    ASH — People driving out to Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery at this time of the year are in for a seasonal treat.

    The annual strawberry harvest launched early this year at the scenic farm where Billy and Katherine Ingram and their team have once again been toiling and nurturing the delectable red fruit.

    “They’re just the sweetest berries in the county,” said a buyer who drove out to the farm on Kingtown Road on Earth Day last Friday, April 22, to buy a few flats and carry them back to Supply in his truck.

  • Public Safety Day May 7

    Local law enforcement will be on hand to meet with the public during Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the site of the old Piggly Wiggly store at 925 Seaside Road.

    Highlights include fire trucks and hoses, a fire safety house, hands-on CPR, fire extinguisher training, child care seat checks, smoke alarm installations, fire safety materials and more.

    The public is invited to come out and meet local firefighters, participate in interactive displays and ask questions of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and fire department staff.

  • Sunset Beach meetings scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a budget workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, May 2, in the town hall council chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N. to review and discuss the proposed 2016-2017 budget.

    Council has scheduled a second budget workshop for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in town hall council chambers, if needed.

    Council will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, with a closed session to consult with the town attorney and to discuss a personnel matter.

  • County health assessment targets areas for improvement

    Results of the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Brunswick County show residents are concerned about chronic disease, obesity and drug and alcohol use and abuse.

    David Stanley, the county’s health and human services director, presented the assessment to the county board of commissioners during its April 18 meeting.

    The assessment, a review of health priorities for county residents, is based partly on a community survey and partly on local, state and federal health statistics, Stanley said.

  • Oak Island water tap deal could cost county

    BOLIVIA — Merging Oak Island’s water and wastewater systems into Brunswick County utilities could cost more than county officials anticipated.

    County Manager Ann Hardy told county commissioners at their April 18 meeting three issues needed to be resolved related to the acquisition of Oak Island’s water and sewer systems.

    Oak Island’s town council voted Nov. 10, 2015, to request Brunswick County officials explore the feasibility of acquiring its water and wastewater system.

  • Leland agrees to allow gated communities again

    LELAND — Leland had a packed town hall March 29 for a contentious planning board meeting that ended in a split vote on allowing gated communities back in the town.

    On April 21, the Leland town board had almost as many concerned citizens attend its meeting, but the decision was one-sided.

    Leland officials voted unanimously, 5-0, to once again allow developers to build gated communities.

  • Judge may render verdict in Vassey trial Tuesday

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown may render a verdict Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, was the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Drive residence of 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014.