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  • Martin trial day one: Alleged co-conspirator testifies in robbery, murder trial

    BOLIVIA—In a brief respite from serving her three-year prison sentence, Whitney Jenkins was back in Brunswick County on Wednesday.

    But the former Oak Island resident, serving 35-42 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections for trafficking methamphetamines, wasn’t back in Brunswick County for a visit.

  • Lincoln Elementary to be a Bright Ideas Academy

    LELAND—Bright Ideas will be happening throughout Lincoln Elementary School next year.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request from Lincoln staff to become a Bright Ideas Academy at its meeting last week. The Lincoln staff presented it to the board’s curriculum committee last month, and explained Bright Ideas would benefit the school.

  • Bare-hoofin' it

    SUPPLY—Charly Boy stood patiently in place as Scott Spencer trimmed the black-and-white-paint Tennessee Walking Horse’s barefoot hooves last week.

    For the past three years, Spencer, a certified trainer in natural horsemanship, has been practicing and perfecting what he believes is a healthier, more natural way for horses to move via The Healthy Hoof program—going shoeless.

  • Driver charged in concrete truck wreck near school

    Nineteen minutes after Union Elementary School released its students, a concrete truck overturned on Union School Road, just off U.S. 17 south of Shallotte last week.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Troopers on the scene, the driver of the concrete truck was driving south on U.S. 17 at about 55 mph when he swerved onto Union School Road to avoid a car stopped at the light around 3:19 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

    Troopers charged the driver, Steven Chadwick Epps, 38, of Conway S.C., with careless and reckless driving, according to state highway patrol Sgt. T. Daniels.

  • State should leave local ABC systems alone, SB councilman says

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilman Bob Bobinski believes ABC stores should be left under the control of local boards, rather than fall under greater control by the state as mandated in pending legislation.

    Bobinski, who serves on the Sunset Beach ABC board, said at a town council meeting April 6 if the bills are enacted, it would not be a good thing for the town or locally managed ABC stores in North Carolina.

    “It would be a terrible loss of control,” Bobinski said at the monthly council meeting.

  • Stop annexation

    STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

    Stop annexation

    A ‘stop annexation’ sign marks the spot along the east side of N.C. 179 that is being eyed for annexation by the town of Sunset Beach. With sewer a concern, as well as residents in the area who oppose the idea, Sunset Beach Town Council will revisit the plan at its next monthly meeting May 4.

     

  • SBFD gets $40,850 grant for new equipment

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre made a special delivery to the Sunset Beach Fire Department last week in the form of a $40,850 ceremonial check and grant to buy new emergency equipment.

    The money was awarded to the department in January by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    The grant will be used to buy a breathing air compressor and rapid intervention pack (RIT-PAK).

  • Ocean Isle updates hazard mitigation plan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s hazard mitigation plan is being updated this year and is currently under review.

    Penny Tysinger, planning director for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said hazard mitigation plans are to be updated every five years or following a federally declared disaster.

  • Developer wants to delay driveway installation plans

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Due to a slowed building amount and an economic recession, owners of property at the corner of Ocean Isle Beach Road and N.C. 179 have asked the town of Ocean Isle Beach to relinquish responsibility for adding additional driveways to the property—features that were among the developers’ original plans and what town commissioners call “a big issue.”

  • DOT officials release investigative report on Oak Island Bridge collapse

    Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have released an investigative report the department received Tuesday from an independent contractor regarding the girder collapse on the second bridge to Oak Island that killed one worker in December.

    According to the report prepared by Rimkus Consulting Group of Charlotte, the primary cause of girder failure was “improper tack welding of couplers to the 1-3/8 inch diameter high strength Dywidag rods.”