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  • 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.

  • Sheriff’s office finds Supply teen reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 17-year-old from Supply who was reported missing.

    Cody Mooney was last seeing walking from his home on Gamewell Court about 10 p.m. Monday, April 25, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Mooney was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday afternoon, April 28.

  • Supply businessman accused of animal cruelty

    The operator of a Supply-based lawn care service is accused of starving dogs and pigs, as well as failing to dispose of dead pigs properly.

    Clayton Lee Robinson, 56, of Supply Street SE, is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and a single count of failing to dispose of dead domesticated animals, warrants show. The charges are misdemeanors.

    A warrant shows Robinson, who runs Honey-Do’s Lawn Service, “unlawfully and willfully did intentionally deprive of necessary sustenance” dogs and pigs on his property.

  • Supply man faces various drug charges

    A Supply man accused of selling heroin and cocaine in Brunswick County was arrested after a two-month investigation prompted by community tips and complaints.

  • Leland police charge four boys in schools' vandalism

    Leland police charged three boys and are looking for a fourth who they said vandalized North Brunswick High and Leland Middle schools about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 25.

    Several buildings and sidewalks as well as 11 school buses at the high school were spray painted with “obscenities and other writings,” Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Tuesday, April 26. The vandals also spray painted a sign at the middle school.

    Humphries said detectives estimated the boys caused $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

  • Oak Island Fire Department to begin testing fire hydrants

    Oak Island Fire Department will begin testing fire hydrants Wednesday, April 27. They will begin in two separate areas at the same time.

    First area: Hydrant testing will begin at SW Yacht and West Oak Island drives. Staff will test hydrants up and down all north- and southwest streets working their way east towards Middleton. Once at Middleton, they will continue working their way east up and down all north- and southeast streets until they reach 58th Street.

  • Oak Island man becomes county’s first 2016 lottery winner

    A split-second decision to buy a lottery ticket turned into a lucky one for Dylan Hudson of Oak Island after he won $250,000 playing the new $250,000 Fortune scratch-off game to become the county’s first lottery winner in 2016.

    Hudson bought the $5 ticket at the Market Express on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    “I just went to get a tank of gas and decided to get a ticket,” Hudson, a construction worker, said in a news release. He is the first person to claim a top prize in the game.