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  • Sheriff’s office, Leland Police and SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share pursuant to the federal equitable sharing program.

  • New theater troupe to take ‘Sylvia’ on the road

    Longtime community theater director Ron Lee isn’t content to just accept kudos for his past accomplishments.

    So after directing several successful productions for Brunswick Little Theatre, Lee jumped at the opportunity to take his most popular show “on the road” by starting the Cape Fear Repertory Theater, a professional company bringing professional-level productions to small towns in the Carolinas.

  • Contributions warm Comfort Socks' toes

    It was just a few months ago that Theresa Tese launched her socks charity to help warm the feet and hearts of the homeless.

    Since then, people in the community have donated hundreds of pairs of socks to the nonprofit, Comfort Socks.

    In December, Tese delivered nearly 400 pairs to Brunswick Family Assistance in Shallotte and Good Shepherd Center and First Fruit Ministries in Wilmington.

  • Housing help available in economic downturn

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County had between 1,000-2,999 foreclosure starts between January 2007 and January 2008, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

  • Community gathers to watch, celebrate new president’s term

    When Willie Gore was arrested in 1962 following a civil rights sit-in, he never could have imagined he’d be watching an African-American president being sworn into office more than 40 years later.

    In 1960, a group of students at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro began having sit-ins in protest of racial discrimination.

    The Southport resident was a part of CORE—Congress of Racial Equality—in the ’60s, and in 1962, he joined a sit-in at an S&W Cafeteria.

  • Charges against principal, parent dismissed

    All charges against Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Principal Patricia Rourk and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, have been dismissed.

    According to a press release from the district attorney's office, Rourk and Danka have reached a "confidential" agreement. The parties agree to "have no further contact," the release states.

    Danka said Tuesday she is "very satisfied," with the terms of the agreement.

  • Brunswick County under winter weather advisory

    The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory for Brunswick County remains in effect through 10 p.m. this evening.

    Throughout the day, temperatures are expected to continue to drop. By afternoon, temperatures are expected remain near freezing along the coast. Because of this, the National Weather Service predicts roads will become slippery with bridges and overpasses being the most susceptible to icing.

  • Salmonella case confirmed in Brunswick

    Brunswick County has a confirmed case of salmonella, the health department has reported.

    The parents of a local child reported the poisoning in November, but it takes a couple of months for testing to be complete, deputy health director Fred Michael said.

    It’s the only one so far in the county, Michael said, that is the same as the strain reported nationwide. So far, 470 cases have been reported throughout the U.S., four of them in North Carolina.

    Michael said the department is advising people not to eat peanut butter crackers.

  • Brunswick residents celebrate the life of civil right’s leader

    More than 60 people lined the pews at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Monday to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with songs, speeches, sermons and praise.

    It was the fourth such event in the southwestern part of the county, and organizers say they plan to continue the tradition.

    The crowd warmed up by singing inspiring hymns including “We Shall Overcome,” “Have a Little Talk with Jesus” and “Amazing Grace.”

  • Oak Island man sentenced to eight years for child pornography charge

    RALEIGH—An Oak Island man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a child pornography charge.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 14, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Keith David Smith, 22, a former Coast Guard seaman, to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    According to a press release, one count of criminal information was filed Aug. 4, 2008, charging Smith with receipt of child pornography.

    Smith pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in September 2008.