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  • Attempted robbery at Calabash restaurant

    CALABASH—The South Brunswick Task Force is investigating an attempted “armed robbery” Monday morning at a local restaurant.
    Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a suspect trying to break into George’s Pancake House early Monday morning.
    Information provided late Monday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was scant.
    Sheriff’s office spokesman Del Routh said Monday afternoon a detective has relayed the investigation centers around a male subject who was wearing a black hoodie with a mask and blue jeans. The suspect had a black ski mask with eye slots cut out.

  • Four South Carolina suspects arrested in large-scale heroin bust

    BOLIVIA—Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit have arrested four suspects in connection with a large-scale heroin seizure.

    The suspects were arrested during a controlled traffic stop around 10 p.m. last Thursday, March 8, on U.S. 17 near Randolphville Road in Bolivia, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said. 

    The multi-agency investigation into heroin trafficking has been ongoing for the past month, and Ingram said the investigation continues. More charges are expected.

  • Winnabow woman killed by gunshot

    A 20-year-old woman was killed Sunday in what investigators say appears to be an accidental shooting.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said Samantha Reynolds, of 9 Paradise Drive, Winnabow, was killed Sunday afternoon when she was shot in the abdomen.

    A second subject was also shot in the hand.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said George Woods, 35, of 8229 King Road, Fayetteville, was attempting to put a gun away after target shooting with Reynolds near her home.

  • Heated debaters take their stance on port

    BOLIVIA—On Tuesday evening, the North Carolina Maritime Strategy study team presented preliminary results of its study and heard input about proposed uses and locations for North Carolina ports.

    During a more than four-hour meeting with more than 125 people in attendance, the public interacted with researchers to find out details about the study. About 20 people spoke out about the port.

  • Landlord-tenant dispute leaves OIB property owner dead

    A landlord-tenant dispute ended with a missing man with ties to Ocean Isle Beach left dead in a Lumberton garage.

    On Feb. 23, real estate agent Clarence Stephen Maynor, 63, of 491 Sherwood Road, Lumberton, was reported missing by an employee. He was found on Feb. 27, the victim of a homicide.

    Investigators were searching across the state for Maynor. Maynor is the owner of multiple properties on Ocean Isle Beach. A Brunswick County tax record search indicates Maynor owned at least five properties on the island.

  • WBHS target of break-ins twice in one day

    SHALLOTTE—At least four times in the last few months, West Brunswick High School has been broken into during off hours.

    On Sunday, Feb. 26, the school alarm was activated twice. The first time was shortly after 1 p.m.

    According to an incident report filed by the Shallotte Police Department, two outside windows were broken.

    Then at 8:30 p.m. another alarm was activated. This time six windows in three buildings were broken along with the snack machines in both the teacher’s lounge and outside the gym.

  • OIB budget discussion

    On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the town of Ocean Isle Beach conducted their annual budget workshop retreat. During the daylong meeting, the board of commissioners met with town staff including department heads and discussed upcoming issues and expenditures facing the town in the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioners’ next meeting will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.

     

    Some of the bigger issues facing the town include:

     

    Natural & Concrete Canals

  • Board of education approves traditional calendar for next school year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday approved two of three recommended draft calendars for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members approved a traditional school calendar with 185 days of student instruction, and second with 180 student instruction days contingent upon a State Superintendent of Public Instruction waiver.

    Draft No. 3 allows for five staff development days, which can also serve as make-up days for inclement weather. 

  • Economic development corporation to form nonprofit foundation; seek community contributions

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Economic Development Corporation is changing the way it does business.

    With recent losses of two major 1,000-plus-job projects, economic development director Jim Bradshaw said the corporation is looking to tweak its playbook, including seeking contributions from local businesses and community members.

    While Bradshaw said it’s great to win the big 1,000-plus job project “every job is critical.”

  • County refinances bonds for millions in savings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy has been busy.

    With the market moving in what Hardy described as a favorable direction for refinancing debt, she received commissioner approval to refinance several outstanding bonds recently, resulting in nearly $4 million in savings.