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  • Southport OKs county partnership in exchange for sewer capacity

    SOUTHPORT — Southport City Council agreed to partner with Brunswick County for sewer capacity. Now, it waits to see if county commissioners will vote to approve it, too.

    The council had two options on its June 8 agenda to consider for improving the town’s sewer capacity: participating in expanding Brunswick County’s wastewater treatment plant system or building a plant for Southport.

    Southport already participates in the county’s system, but only leases its 750,000 gallons per day of sewer capacity.

  • BCSO seeks Belville tequila thieves

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in to find two people who stole tequila from a Belville ABC store.

    A black man and white woman entered the store at 44 River Road and stole five bottles of Patron about 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. The two were seen leaving the store in a dark colored Honda Accord with faded paint on the back.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Boynton at 398-5492.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of sex crime against child

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child earlier this month.

    James Christopher Fulford, 44, of Watts Road was arrested Monday and charged with the felony.

    Warrants show the crime took place June 5. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim is 12.

    Fulford remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $25,000 bail.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of sex crime against child

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of taking indecent liberties with a child earlier this month.

    James Christopher Fulford, 44, of Watts Road was arrested Monday and charged with the felony.

    Warrants show the crime took place June 5. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim is 12.

    Fulford remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $25,000 bail.

  • Deputies arrest one person, seek another in armed robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person and is seeking another in the armed robbery of a 16-year-old in Leland last week.

    No one was injured.

    Justin Ray Justice, 18, of Blue Clay Road in Castle Hayne, was arrested June 7 at 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Maco Road in Leland and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Warrants show Justice and another person threatened the victim with a black semi-automatic handgun and took $200 from him.

  • Calabash felon accused of possessing heroin, stolen firearm

    A Calabash felon is accused of having heroin and a stolen firearm in his possession.

    Michael Montray Frink, 24, of Hickman Road NW was arrested June 9 and charged with possession of firearm by a felon, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of trafficking heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Third person arrested in May 31 robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has charged a third person in a May 31 robbery in Bolivia. No one was injured during the robbery.

    Kayla Clara-Faye Mosley, 29, of North Howe Street in Southport was arrested June 8 and charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of stolen goods or property.

    Deputies arrested Shawn Dalen Hall, 36, of Leland on the same charges June 1.

  • WBHS alum graduates with perfect GPA and attendance

    BOLIVIA — Seventeen-year-old Lora Kinlaw of Shallotte not only graduated from West Brunswick High School Saturday with a perfect 4.0 GPA, but also with a perfect attendance record.

    Kinlaw hasn’t missed a day of school since she began her first day of kindergarten in 2004 at Union Elementary School. That’s 2,340 days (more than six years), 16,380 hours or 982,800 minutes in the classroom.

  • Shallotte says goodbye to town planner Robert Lewis

     SHALLOTTE — The town of Shallotte is saying goodbye to both its police chief and town planner at the end of June.

    Police Chief Rodney Gause is retiring, while Robert Lewis, who has served as Shallotte’s town planner for almost four years, is heading back to Columbus County to be Whiteville’s new director of planning.

    Lewis served as Columbus County planner and Elizabethtown planner in Bladen County before coming to Shallotte in September 2013.

  • Brunswick County band director of 30 years to retire, reflects on career

    ASH— “You’re the Mr. Holland to our opus.”

    That’s how one former student thanked Craig Morris, band director at Waccamaw School since 2003.

    Having been in Brunswick County Schools for 30 years, his career began in 1982 in Tyrrell County, where he taught for five years. It was there he met his wife of 31 years, Joan.

    “Up there I was Mr. Music for the whole county, from kindergarten through 12th grade,” he said.