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  • Confirmed case of tuberculosis linked to jail

    A former Brunswick County inmate had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, while a second inmate who tested positive for the disease was transferred to a different detention facility.

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey on Wednesday said two possible cases of TB have been linked to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    “There was a case who came to us Friday,” Yousey said. “We traced his exposure back to the jail.”

  • Experts raise environmental concerns over planned terminal

    SOUTHPORT—A new international terminal proposed for 600 acres near Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes could potentially pollute the Cape Fear River with petrochemicals, construction waste material, cleaning compounds, stormwater runoff and invasive species, environmental experts told citizens gathered at the Southport Community Building last week.

    In addition, dredging a deepwater channel between the ocean and the Cape Fear River could destroy nursery areas for a number of marine animals.

  • Capital improvements part of Sunset Beach budget talk

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing rather than the economy is what is delaying many of the town’s capital improvement projects until the next fiscal year.

    Sunset Beach Town Council members convened last week at their annual budget retreat to discuss a five-year period (2008-2013) for such projects, including a proposed second fire station, bike trails and pedestrian walkways, street paving, Sunset Boulevard enhancements and public beach facilities.

  • Maternity nurse arrested on drug charges

    A maternity nurse at Brunswick Community Hospital has been arrested on multiple drug charges.

    Staci Avery Wood, 44, of 20 Durham St., Boiling Spring Lakes, was arrested Wednesday, June 24, and charged with trafficking amphetamines, obtaining a controlled substance through forgery or fraud, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Ocean Isle armed robbery suspects caught in South Carolina

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was still daylight when a 57-year-old Kansas woman went to return her shopping cart to the cart rack at Lowes Foods on Beach Drive.

    When she did, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Shane Fletcher was allegedly there waiting for her. After unsuccessfully attempting to steal her purse, Fletcher is alleged to have cut the woman’s forearms several times, causing deep lacerations, and causing her to let go of her purse, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • County may revoke adult establishment permits in wake of arrests

    Brunswick County may revoke business permits for several adult and sexually oriented businesses if the employees recently charged with soliciting prostitution are convicted, county attorney Huey Marshall said recently.

    “The county will wait until those matters…have been adjudicated,” Marshall said. “We think the evidence will demonstrate what’s occurred in the establishments was not what the permits stated.”

  • Pedicab service comes to the beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With limited parking spaces at local businesses and public beach accesses, parking and navigating through traffic at Ocean Isle Beach can be difficult during highly populated summer months.

    Coastal Bike Cabs now gives residents and tourists a solution to the packed hot spots. The pedicab service began operation in early June, offering an environmentally friendly travel alternative.

    “It’s really a fun part of the vacation experience, and it’s also fun for the locals,” Betsy Palmer said.

  • State CIS event to distribute profits to local programs

    Communities in Schools of North Carolina had its seventh annual North Carolina Education Ball on Friday in Raleigh. Money raised from the ball is distributed to local CIS programs across the state. Last year’s event raised more than $305,000 and collected $99,999 in donations from local business leaders.

    Cynthia Tart, executive director of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. attended the event and said the sold-out crowd of 650 attendees appeared larger than last year.

  • Grant focuses on gang awareness among students, community

    A recent grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission will fund an initiative of District Attorney Rex Gore and his office with local gang prevention and intervention.

    The grant provides $102,453.68 for the first year and $100,983.68 for the second.

    Glenda Ansley, youth services coordinator, said part of the money will be used to hire a case manager who will specifically work with at-risk youth and help redirect their attention to help them become involved in local programs and services such as First Tee or school-based after-school programs.

  • Pint-Sized PIcassos get artsy on Tuesday mornings

    Three-year-old Jillian Fatkin makes a fireworks painting by using eyedroppers to make paint droplets and blowing on her artwork through a straw to spread the paint out at Pint-Sized Picassos Tuesday morning.