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  • Community rallies around firefighters who lost home in blaze

    A May 7 fire destroyed a family’s home in the Ash community, but the community is pulling the family from the ashes.

    The Waccamaw Fire Department received an alarm at 8:59 p.m. for the fire at 2358 Butler Circle.

    The fire was in the home of two of the department’s firefighters, Jeffrey and Janice Milligan, Waccamaw assistant fire chief Jason Coveyou said.

  • Commissioners resolve to recognize Gore as state’s top clerk

    As clerk to Brunswick County’s board of commissioners, Debby Gore typically doesn’t let anything get by her before, during or after a meeting.

    Recording the minutes is part of her job, after all.

    But the board members and administrative staff conspired to slip a special resolution into the May 6 agenda.

    Chairman Phil Norris presented Gore with a plaque recognizing her selection as Clerk of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Clerks, and the board voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

  • Former ADA pleads down to misdemeanor

    Former Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley has agreed to a plea arrangement to avoid felony charges.

    Kelley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misprision of felony in Brunswick County Superior Court May 9. Misprision of a felony is failing to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities.

    She was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 20, 2012, with former District Attorney Rex Gore.

    The Attorney General’s office handled the prosecution of Gore and Kelley.

  • OIB board scales back on portable restrooms

    Ocean Isle Beach bathrooms should come and go in the summer like the tourists, according to residents.

    At the OIB town meeting Tuesday morning, smaller and temporary facilities were preferred to larger and permanent toilets.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said town staff looked at plans for either a stick-built facility or a portable trailer-type restroom, similar to the facility on Sunset Beach.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham asked how many bathrooms Sunset Beach’s restroom trailer included.

  • Lakewood breaking-and-entering suspect arrested

    Jacob Tyler Cortes, 17, of Styron’s Landing Road, Supply, who was wanted by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators, was arrested May 8.

    BCSO officers were searching for Cortes in connection with several breaking-and-enterings and larcenies that took place April 23 in Shallotte off Green Heron Drive in the Lakewood area.

    Cortes was charged with two felony counts of breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle, one felony count of breaking-and-entering and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

  • Arrest in Shallotte leads to cocaine trafficking conviction

    A Myrtle Beach man arrested last year in Shallotte was convicted of cocaine trafficking May 8.

    Tristan Jaymar McNeil, 27 of Halyard Way, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was convicted in Brunswick County Superior Court for trafficking in cocaine.

    McNeil was arrested Feb. 4, 2012, at a motor-vehicle violation checking station conducted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Traffic Unit in Shallotte. 

  • Search suspended for suspected drowning victim

    A 21-year old vacationer from Ohio is suspected to have drowned in Lockwood Folly Inlet off Holden Beach Tuesday night.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said the victim was with a church group from the Columbus area that brought more than 300 visitors to the island this week.

    “It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” he said.

    Layne informed town officials during Tuesday night’s town meeting emergency services began searching for the swimmer around 5:30 p.m.

  • Sunset Beach celebrates 50th with weekend beach party

    Fiftieth-anniversary partying continues in Sunset Beach, where a beach bash is planned near the island gazebo this weekend.

    The town of Sunset Beach was incorporated on March 26, 1963.

    In addition to a reception at Sea Trail this past March, the town has scheduled a golden-anniversary beach party that will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on the beach at the island gazebo (if it rains, the party will take place Sunday, May 19).

    The public is invited to festivities that will include D.J. music and food catered by Jerome’s.

  • Budget, administrator on Sunset Beach work agenda

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the town hall conference room.

    Council will discuss the proposed 2013-2014 budget.

    Council is also scheduled to discuss determining what traits, characteristics, skills, education, experience and special qualifications are desired in the next town administrator. 

  • Brunswick sheriff has a new son

    Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram and his wife Michelle are parents of a newborn son.

    The baby, named Tison, was born Monday, May 13, at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Ingram’s dad, Billy, said Tuesday.

    All are doing well, and the baby is “beautiful like his grandfather,” Billy Ingram said.

    The new baby is Sheriff Ingram’s fourth son.