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  • Sheriff’s office conducts ‘Throw Back In Jail Thursday’ roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug roundup, dubbed “Operation: Throw Back In Jail Thursday” on March 29.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said one search yielded six ounces of cocaine, a handgun and $4,200 in cash.

    More than 60 people were to be rounded up in the operation, with about 30 having been arrested during the past month, Flax said.

  • Leland man faces attempted arson charge

    Leland police arrested a man accused of setting a fire inside a residence after a domestic dispute Monday. No one was injured.

    Antonial L’Mark White Jr., 24, of Oak Lane is charged with attempted second-degree arson, burning personal property and misdemeanor injury to property.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said White set clothing on fire inside a closet at an Oak Lane residence about 5 p.m.

    White remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $150,000 bail.

  • Commercial watermen recover 3,496 lost crab pots from coastal waters

    Seventy-six commercial watermen worked throughout the coast of North Carolina in January to collect 3,496 lost crab pots as part of a statewide marine debris removal effort to prevent hazards for people and wildlife.

    The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is led by the North Carolina Coastal Federation with $100,000 from the North Carolina General Assembly.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant April 11

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, April 11, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly.

    This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • FEMA awards $1.7M for stormwater project

    Boiling Spring Lakes will receive $1,732,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a spillway project for Allen Creek. The improvements will help protect the floodplain and surrounding properties and help mitigate erosion and flooding caused by the spillway at Sanford Dam.

    The $1.7 million grant represents a federal share of the total project cost of $2,310,000. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.

  • New fund to pay for two county road projects

    N.C. 133 in Brunswick County, which has historically experienced major flooding problems, will be among seven areas of southeastern North Carolina to benefit from a new fund to pay for smaller, yet significant highway projects.

  • Leland woman safely located

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a Leland woman last seen March 29 has been found safely. Earlier today the sheriff's office asked for the public’s assistance in locatingDeidre Dannielle Watson, 28, was last seen March 29 at her home on Maco Road in Leland about 9 p.m.

  • Belville board appoints new commissioner

    BELVILLE — Belville officials filled the empty seat on the town board at the March 26 meeting by appointing Kent Goodman as the fourth commissioner.

    Pat O’Bryant resigned from the board at the Feb. 26 meeting. Goodman will serve out the 20 months remaining on O’Bryant’s four-year term that began in December 2015.

    “We know that we had a commissioner step down. We put the date and the time out (for applications) and I think March 22 was the end date,” Belville Mayor Mike Allen said.

  • H2GO board relaxes restrictions on employees

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members followed through at the March 20 meeting on an agreement they discussed in February to ease a gag rule on employees talking to the media.

  • Brunswick ranked fastest growing NC county, 29th in nation

    Brunswick County officials regularly tout the county as one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina, and the United States.

    Now they have U.S. Census Bureau population estimates to back up that claim.

    The census data released March 22 estimated Brunswick County grew from 107,431 as of April 1, 2010, to 130,897 on July 1, 2017. The 23,466 additional residents put the county at a growth rate of 21.8 percent, best in the state over the seven-year period.