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  • Brunswick County officials lift water conservation alert

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County officials have lifted the water conservation alert issued earlier this summer.

    Due to recent rainfall as well as decreased demand for potable water, Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce has lifted the stage 1 water conservation alert for all Brunswick County customers.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week. The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit is made up of drug agents and officers from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    On Sept. 1, agents served a search warrant at 1730 West Hill Drive SW in the Cedar Grove community of Supply. During the search, agents seized a small amount of marijuana, money, gang-related paraphernalia and three firearms.

  • Commissioners waive tip fees for storm-related vegetative debris at county landfill

    BOLIVIA—At their Aug. 31 pre-agenda meeting, county commissioners approved waiving tip fees for vegetative waste and debris at the county landfill from Sept. 2-17.

    All county and municipal residents can receive the waiver.

    Initially county administration officials opted not to provide curbside debris collection after assessing damage and debris from Hurricane Irene on Monday, Aug. 29, operations services director Stephanie Lewis said.

  • Four jury trials, one suspect pleads guilty in superior court cases

    BOLIVIA—Four jury trials were conducted in Brunswick County Superior Court last week, and one suspect pleaded guilty to homicide.

    District Attorney Jon David said last week was a busy week for his prosecutors and investigators, which also included the death investigation of a 9-day-old baby killed by dogs in Bladen County.

  • Brunswick among local counties to receive public, individual FEMA assistance

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Brunswick County is among several local counties approved for public and individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Last week, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced FEMA public assistance was approved for Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin and Pender counties to assist with damages from Hurricane Irene late last month.

  • Fundraiser/drop-off point for the Hollenbecks

     

     

    Brunswick Beacon readers, your generosity astounds me.

    Last week I shared Bruce and Adrienne Hollenbeck’s story of their fight to keep their American dream alive. He is a Gulf War veteran and she needs a liver transplant.

    The Hollenbecks encountered rough financial times and lost their home to foreclosure. Determined to stay on the land they own, they moved their belongings into the backyard and set up tarps. They made a temporary shelter, which they call home.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Johnny Michael Stephens, 36, of 6737 Rockfish Road, Raeford, was arrested for driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and left of center on Causeway Drive.

    •Richelle Monette Tomlins, 48, of 584 Stoney Point Road, Fayetteville, was cited for  fictitious tags and aid and abet driving while impaired.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Shoplifting at Lowes Foods by taking items without paying for them; suspect removed seven whole chickens from the store.

    •Counterfeit currency at the Minuteman Express; a customer attempted to pay for gasoline with a counterfeit $100 bill. The customer reportedly obtained the bill from Walmart when cashing a check.

  • Holden Beach turtle nests survive Hurricane Irene

    Even though Irene’s tropical storm winds and waves lingered Saturday morning, a batch of turtles hatched on Holden Beach Saturday night and made their way to sea.

    “One nest actually had hatchings come out on Saturday night,” said Skip Hager, project coordinator for the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol. “We found their tracks Sunday morning.”

    The baby loggerheads left flipper tracks similar to tire tracks in the sand after they broke out of their eggshells and crawled to the ocean.

  • South-end towns weather storm, start to pick up

    As Hurricane Irene departed the area Saturday, crews and residents alike were already out surveying damages.

    In Calabash, town administrator Chuck Nance and town technician Bill Danford drove around in a town pickup truck Saturday morning as wind from the northward-moving storm continued to blow.

    “I think we were spared the worst of it,” Nance said as they stopped to pick up tree debris from the middle of N.C. 179 on the west end of town.