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  • Fire destroys Shell Point garage

    A fire destroyed a garage on Shell Point Road last Friday. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but investigators suspect an electrical overload, according to John Winders, fire and rescue coordinator for Brunswick County Emergency Services. Winders said it was a total loss. The Civietown, Shallotte, Supply and Tri-Beach fire departments responded, and firefighters were on scene more than three hours, according to Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell. Dunwell said the State Bureau of Investigation and the Brunswick County K-9 arson investigator responded, but no arson is suspected.

  • Auto Zone store to be complete in May; law office to open end of March; owner transforms restaurant

    The look of Main Street is in a constant state of flux. These days, passersby will notice a large cinderblock building being constructed on the former site of Carolina Flooring Center and a small adjacent office being renovated beside it.

    The new building is to be the home of a new 6,786-square-foot AutoZone auto parts store, which is expected to open May 3.

  • Car flips, lands in ditch on Cumbee Road

    A one-car wreck on Cumbee Road Tuesday afternoon sent a woman to Brunswick Community Hospital, according to Capt. James Clemmons of the Supply Fire Department, which responded to the scene. Her injuries were not life-threatening, Clemmons said. At press time Tuesday, the department did not have the woman’s name or exactly how the wreck occurred. ‘It looked like she just lost control and flipped,’ Clemmons said.

     

  • Supply man sentenced to five years in federal prison for drug charges

    A Supply man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for cocaine and firearms charges.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Dusty Lee Leggett, 28, of Supply, to 60 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on Monday, March 8.

    In December 2009, Leggett pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

  • GOP organizations team up to host congressional candidates' forum

    Republican candidates running for Congress will make a stop in Brunswick County before the May primary.

    Several local GOP organizations have teamed up to host a candidates’ forum for Republican Congressional candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Brunswick County Republican Party Headquarters.

  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick County commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet April 6-7 for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • Woman arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs in jail in a Bible

    A Southport woman was arrested Friday, March 5, after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit say she tried to smuggle drugs into jail—in a Bible.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release, Nicoll Christine Brennan, 26, of 4754 Blue Water St., Southport, was arrested after attempting to smuggle marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia, which she allegedly had tucked inside the pages of the Bible.

    Brennan allegedly cut holes into the pages of the Bible, where she then stuffed the contraband.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners hope to see driveway construction begin soon

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners are hoping construction of a driveway off N.C. 179 will begin within the next 30 days.

    Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a 30-day extension to OI Investments for the construction of an entrance to The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach, off N.C. 179.

    William Niblock, of OI Investments, spoke to commissioners Tuesday and explained all driveways to The Retreat were initially to be constructed by Crescent Resources LLC, the developer of the commercial property at The Retreat.

  • Holden Beach dredging could take place over Easter holiday weekend

    Holden Beach officials don’t know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a several-day break from dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet during Easter weekend.

    The Corps is scheduled to dredge the inlet some time during the first two weeks of April, which coincides with Easter vacation—one of the busiest times of the year on Holden Beach and Oak Island.

    The inlet is between those two barrier islands, and many commercial and recreational mariners use the inlet to go offshore.

  • Brunswick may be site for upcoming TV pilot

    Northern Brunswick County will be the site of some scenes in an upcoming untitled TV pilot planned for the area, according to local film and economic development officials.

    Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, said the pilot’s production company is set up in Wilmington and has started preparing for shooting, including finding locations and hiring people.

    Griffin and Jim Bradshaw, the director of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, scouted locations in the northern part of the county several months ago, they said.