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  • Driver of fatal WBHS wreck indicted by grand jury

    The driver of the fatal wreck that killed two West Brunswick High School students last spring has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Joseph Moreno, 17, of Supply, was indicted Dec. 14 on two counts of felony involuntary manslaughter.

    Moreno was initially charged in June after being served with a warrant, which was taken out by the Highway Patrol, Sarah Garner, assistant district attorney, said.

    All felony charges are handled in Superior Court and have to go through the grand jury first.

  • Bobby Collins comes to OWA

    Comedian Bobby Collins entertains a crowd at Odell Williamson Auditorium Saturday night during the second annual Stand Up for Charity event, sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club. Collins, a Grammy-nominated comedian, has starred in his own special on Showtime, as well as opening for Cher, Dolly Parton and Julio Iglesias.

     

  • Grand jury indicts two on second-degree murder, impaired driving charges

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted two drivers involved in two separate wrecks with second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

    On Dec. 14, a grand jury returned true bills of indictment on David Kent Beasley, 32, of 1902 Perry Ave., Wilmington, for felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

    True bills were also returned Dec. 14 on Joshua Donald Wilson, 24, of 2530 Big Neck Road, Ash, for felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

  • Cold weather to continue into next week; protect yourself, plants, pets

    Brunswick County residents aren’t used to bundling up every morning, scraping their car windshields or covering their plants at night, but that’s what they’re going to be doing for the next week or 10 days.

    An Arctic high-pressure system centered in the Great Plains doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon and is resulting in well-below-average temperatures here in the Southeast. Forecasters are predicting snow or rain/snow mix Thursday night or Friday morning, but no accumulation is expected.

  • Ocean Isle Beach spreads holiday cheer throughout county with donations

    Instead of giving gifts to each other during the holiday season, employees and residents of Ocean Isle Beach decided to team up for a more worthy cause.

    Together, 1,410 pounds of food were collected as well as toys, clothing and all the food needed for 11 local families to cook a traditional Christmas dinner.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said three years ago a town employee suggested the idea of not exchanging gifts and instead donating money to needy families.

    “This year, with the economy, we wanted to help as many families as we could,” she said.

  • Politicians, party officials reflect on Soles' senate tenure

    As State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.’s 42-year political career comes to a close, state politicians and local party officials reflected on his career in Raleigh.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the state’s longest serving lawmaker announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate in 2010.

    Marc Basnight, the Democratic President Pro Tem of the senate, said Soles “has represented in the senate the very best of what a senator should be.”

  • Bolivia man arrested for peeping, assaulting deputies

    A Bolivia man has been arrested for felony secret peeping and assaulting two Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies.

    According to arrest reports, Ronnie Dawson, 48, of 394 Randolphville Road, was charged with felony secret peeping, resisting a public officer and two counts of assault on government official on Jan. 4.

    Dawson allegedly assaulted the two officers as detectives with the sheriff’s office special crimes unit were investigating the peeping complaint.

  • Commissioners tighten electronic gaming regulations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners tightened restrictions on where electronic gambling parlors can be located within the unincorporated portions of the county.

    While the new regulations prohibit electronic gaming operations within 1,500 feet of churches, schools, daycares, parks, libraries, cemeteries, skating rinks, movie theaters, tattoo and adult or sexually oriented businesses, existing establishments can stay.

    “For lack of a better term, these would be grandfathered,” county planning director Leslie Bell said.

  • Commissioners ask attorney to draft resolution opposing undocumented residents in community colleges

    Brunswick County Commissioners have asked county attorney Huey Marshall to draft a resolution opposing admitting undocumented individuals into North Carolina community colleges.

    Around 10:20 p.m. Monday, after re-emerging from closed session to discuss matters of attorney-client privilege and real estate with Marshall, commissioners voted to have Marshall draft a resolution in opposition of community colleges accepting undocumented individuals.

  • Community comes to aid of couple burned out of home

    CALABASH—Deana Palmer was cooking dinner while her husband watched TV when she saw a flash of light.

    “I thought it came from the fireplace or maybe the TV,” she said.

    Then she heard “that noise again.”

    Flames erupted in a sunroom off the main part of the couple’s trailer on Townview Place off Beach Drive.

    Steven Palmer grabbed two fire extinguishers from the kitchen, neither of which would work.