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  • Wanted suspect

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating a wanted suspect.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 15 around 6:30 a.m., a female resident at Ash Street in the Forest Hills subdivision in Supply was confronted by possibly a Hispanic male. As the victim went outside to get her iPod from her vehicle, the male subject, dressed in all black from head to toe, ran up on the back porch, grabbed the female and told her not to fight, that he wouldn't hurt her.

  • Old McDonald's put out to pasture to make way for new one

    An old McDonald’s will soon become new.

    The McDonald’s at U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 was shut down at 11 p.m. July 30. It has been demolished to make way for an extensive rebuild.

    “I’m so excited about the new one,” said Judy Hill, supervisor for the 22-year-old eatery between Grissettown and Sunset Beach. “We’re going to have more room.”

    Plans call for the new McDonald’s to be more than double the size of the old one, Hill said, with an 80-seat capacity. The old McDonald’s had a 30-seat capacity.

  • Strong opposition leads to accusations of corruption in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— At Tuesday’s monthly meeting Ocean Isle Beach commissioners responded to accusations of corruption and making backroom deals.

    During a public hearing and again during public comment of the commissioners’ meeting, homeowners on Moore Street spoke out about a proposal to modify a zoning ordinance. The proposed change would allow construction on a 47.2-foot lot that was platted and/or modified prior to 2005. Before the unanimous vote to allow the change, requirements called for the lot to be 50 feet.

  • Teen drowns; community mourns his loss

    LONGWOOD—On Sunday afternoon, a swimming adventure turned deadly for one Brunswick County teen.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Ash resident Raqun “Kwanie” Green, 15, was swimming with friends on Sunday, Aug. 12, when he drowned.

    An emergency call was dispatched a couple of minutes after 5 p.m. for a possible drowning in the Longwood area.

  • Youth rally in OIB this Saturday

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—This weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 18, the Ocean Isle Beach Park will host the Sonburst Youth Rally.

    Sonburst Youth Ministries is sponsoring the day dedicated to area youth.

    There will be live music with praise and worship led by River of Leland, Morgan Dorsey, Peace Memorial (Spread the Bread) and Consumed.

    A guest speaker will be Nate Turner who will share his personal testimony. Activities include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, volleyball and more.

  • Local writer’s hopes to see autobiography come alive on the screen

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It is not an ordinary autobiography, and now the extraordinary story of one man’s fight for survival may become a feature film.

    In June, Polish director/screenwriter Pawel Kuczynski spent a week at the Ocean Isle Beach home of author Stanley Opalka.

    Opalka’s 2003 autobiography “Escape from Russia” is the basis of a film with the working title “The Boy Who Won WWII.”

  • Holden Beach to get bids on fire station changes

    Holden Beach commissioners instructed town manager David Hewett to solicit bids for remodeling part of the town’s fire station and bring bids received to their next meeting in September.

    During their regular meeting in town hall Tuesday night, commissioner Sheila Young said, “We’re responsible for the building. We’re not responsible for the staffing.”

  • Gaming-distance reductions nixed in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Gaming establishments in the town still need to keep their distance.

    At their Aug. 9 meeting, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners nixed a requested change to reduce distances between gaming establishments and homes, schools, churches and other entities.

    The unanimous vote by the town board of commissioners came following a public hearing at their Aug. 9 monthly meeting.

    “I don’t see any reason to change it,” town commissioner John Russo said prior to voting.

  • AdvancEd assessment on school board agenda

    A final report assessing Brunswick County Schools was on the agenda of the county school board’s retreat scheduled this Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Southport.

    Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said discussion would be facilitated by Joe Delaney of AdvancED, the national accreditation team that conducted the external assessment authorized by the board.

  • More charges for puppy-mill owners

    SUPPLY—More charges have been levied against a Leland couple arrested during an Aug. 3 puppy-mill bust.

    Amelia Millis, 62, and Andrew Millis, 64, each now face 24 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, said Sgt. Tommy Tolley, director of Brunswick County Animal Protective Services.

    Tuesday, both were still in the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia each on $1.5 million bonds.

    “The very important thing about it is those two owners did surrender all animals to [the Humane Society of the United States],” Tolley said.