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  • Leland homicide victim died from gunshot wound; sheriff's office still seeking information

    Mark Deegan Johnson, 54, died from a single gunshot wound to the upper abdomen, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Friday.

    Chief deputy Charlie Miller said Johnson's body was found at his home on Red Fox Street around 1 p.m. Monday. Ingram said investigators believe Johnson was killed sometime between Saturday and Sunday. Johnson was last seen Saturday morning at his home, Ingram said.

    Johnson was not married and lived alone at the home at 9826 Red Fox St., where his body was found. A neighbor reported finding Johnson's body.

  • Sheriff’s deputy charged with DWI

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired from the sheriff’s office after being charged with driving while impaired.

    Jason Stone, 25, worked as a bailiff in the courthouse until he was fired on Oct. 13, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    Stone was charged with driving while impaired and possession of an open container around 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Leland Police.

  • Planning board gets refresher course in procedures

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members want to know how to better perform their duties, and on Tuesday, Penny Tysinger of the Cape Fear Council of Government told them to look at all options when making decisions and always be consistent.

    Tysinger met with board members at town hall during a special workshop to discuss the planning board’s role in the town and its procedures for making decisions.

    “We have several things coming up within next six months, especially the vision plan,” board Chairman Dennis Winters told Tysinger.

  • Town planner resigns after seeing his job posted online

    SHALLOTTE—After 20 months as this town’s first planner, Chris Rogers resigned Monday after learning his job was posted on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Web site.

    According to Rogers, someone he knows e-mailed him a link to the job posting. When Rogers confronted town administrator Paul Sabiston about it, Sabiston said he was “looking at options.”

    “I resigned on the spot,” Rogers said.

    He said he thought Sabiston’s actions were “unprofessional.”

  • Civietown Fire Department lowers ratings; homeowners to save money

    SUPPLY—About three quarters of homeowners in the Civietown fire district should see a decrease in their homeowners' insurance after the fire department’s recent fire rating drop.

    Assistant chief Mark Hewett said the department’s recent reduction in the state’s department of insurance ratings should mean lower homeowners' insurance for 74 percent of homeowners in their six-mile fire district.

  • County receives state grant for Coastal Events Center trails

    Brunswick County has received a $75,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Recreational Trail Program to create a series of equestrian trails, one of the first steps toward implementation of the planned Coastal Events Center.

    The county has two years to renovate 5.6 miles of existing trails, construct a new 1-mile trail and install trail signs at the site of the future events center, planned for 150 acres belonging to the county on N.C. 211.

  • Commissioners opt not to OK comprehensive traffic plan

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will wait to receive endorsements from municipalities before giving the green light to the county’s comprehensive traffic plan.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners put off a vote to endorse the plan, saying they first wanted municipalities to have public hearings before voting on endorsing the plan.

  • Ocean Isle park scheduled for July '09 completion

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town of Ocean Isle beach learned at its monthly meeting last Tuesday the park planned for construction on Old Georgetown Road is scheduled to be completed by July 2009.

  • Ousted tax administrator’s wife addresses board

    Diane Bagby is standing by her man.

    Her husband Tom Bagby recently resigned his post as Brunswick County Tax Administrator at the request of the board of commissioners.

    While Tom Bagby said last week he was surprised by the commissioners’ request for his resignation, Diane Bagby had much more to say at Monday night’s county commissioners’ meeting.

    Diane Bagby argued Tom Bagby was not given an opportunity to express his opinion after the board made its decision at its last meeting, even though he was at the meeting.

  • Local food producers, sellers organizing, getting the word out

    GRISSETTOWN—Farmers, ranchers and gardeners need to start thinking of themselves as marketers if they want to launch a successful local food initiative in Brunswick County.

    That’s what Annette Dunlap of the N.C. Department of Agriculture told a group of interested farmers and retailers gathered at Silver Coast Winery Friday morning for the first of many meetings to discuss the county’s growing local food movement.