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  • Ash man arrested on felony drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested an Ash man Friday, Feb. 12, after executing a search warrant at his Mill Branch Road home.

    Bryan O. Thomas, 23, of 5013 Mill Branch Road, Ash, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office booking report.

  • Shallotte appoints Hughes as new town administrator

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has appointed longtime public works director Albert Hughes as the town’s new full-time administrator.

    Hughes had been serving in the position on an interim basis since former administrator Paul Sabiston resigned last summer.

  • Southport backs off support for port; authority CEO asks for meeting

    The Southport Board of Aldermen has voted to rescind the town’s support of the N.C. International Terminal project proposed by the N.C. State Ports Authority for 600 acres in the Southport area.

    This week, the mayor and city manager met with the authority’s chief executive to receive an update on the project.

    At least one town official says taking back the resolution of support is what it took to get the authority’s attention.

  • Commissioners to pay $104,000 in back taxes from nonprofits fueling up tax-free

    BOLIVIA—Eighteen local volunteer fire and rescue squads and other nonprofit agencies have been gassing up at the county’s fuel station tax-free for the past few years. On Monday, county commissioners voted to pay the back taxes, and then bill the agencies to recoup the money paid.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said various agencies pumped fuel tax-free at the county station from Dec. 1, 2006, until Dec. 31, 2009, when the county learned that was not in compliance with state and federal tax codes.

  • Turner receives Advanced Law Enforcement certificate

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sammy Turner is a busy man.

    Turner is the training supervisor at the sheriff’s office. He’s also the full-time firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office and several other municipal police departments. He also oversees the sheriff’s office’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program, which he implemented, and from which 100 percent of participants recently graduated.

  • Brunswick Community Hospital named StormReady by National Weather Service

    SUPPLY—The National Weather Service recently named Brunswick Community Hospital a StormReady Supporter in recognition of hospital officials’ efforts in storm preparedness.

    The distinction makes Brunswick Community Hospital only the second hospital in the state to be named a StormReady Supporter, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    “The biggest thing was just that it addressed every aspect of our operations: hurricanes, snow, which is timely, flooding— really any kind of damage that could happen during a storm,” Myers said.

  • Hospital authority to meet with commissioners; consider giving commissioners final say hospital’s future

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about the needs of veterans in Brunswick County, and examining the possibility of a VA facility in Brunswick County.

    SUPPLY—Whether Brunswick Community Hospital is ever converted to a VA facility may be out of county officials’ hands, but in an effort to give the hospital its best shot, hospital authority members will meet with commissioners soon to consider giving final say to back to the county.

  • ELECTION 2010: Norris files for re-election; McCray to challenge

    With candidate filing under way, only two people have filed for county commissioner, both of whom filed to represent District 1.

    Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 8, and county commissioner Phil Norris was at the board of elections, where he filed for re-election. Norris, a Republican, was joined by Corrine McCray, a Calabash Republican who filed for office to challenge Norris for the District 1 county commissioners seat.

    No Democrats have filed for District 1.

  • ELECTION 2010: Daniels files for sheriff; Ingram to file Feb. 24

    Republican Tim Daniels filed for the office of Brunswick County Sheriff on Thursday, Feb. 11. Daniels will challenge Sheriff John Ingram to seek the GOP nomination.

    No Democrat has filed for sheriff or publicly announced plans to run.

    “I am excited to be officially entered into the sheriff’s race and, if elected, I look forward to serving the citizens of Brunswick County with professionalism, stability and most importantly integrity.”

  • ELECTION 2010: U.S. Senate race heats up; Burr has yet to file

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has announced he planned to seek a second term in the U.S. Senate, but he has yet to file for office.

    Candidate filing has been open for more than a week and, so far, six candidates have filed for office to challenge Burr.

    Republicans Eddie Burks of Asheboro and Brad Jones of Toxaway filed to challenge Burr for the GOP nomination in May.