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  • Cold puts Brunswick County in big chill

    Temperatures in the teens literally plunged Brunswick County into the deep freeze last week.

    As temperatures dipped into the teens overnight and into the early hours of Jan. 8, residents began to feel the effects.

    Power outages were reported in Brunswick and New Hanover counties by Duke Progress Energy, attributed to a transformer failure at a substation at Eagle Island off Battleship Road.

    The outages started about 3:30 a.m. last Thursday, Jan. 8, and continued until about 7:15 a.m.

  • Flu death reported in Brunswick County

    An 83-year-old Brunswick County woman has died from complications of the flu.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the woman died Jan. 7 at a local hospital. She is one of 54 people who have died in North Carolina during the 2014-15 flu season, Michael said.

    The woman had not had a flu shot, Michael said.

  • Schools on two-hour delay

     Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students Wednesday, Jan. 14.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday by Brunswick County Schools, staff is to report on regular schedule unless personal circumstances indicate it is unsafe to travel. Supervisors will work with these staff members to make up the time if leave is not available.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Keith Hardee dies

    Longtime Calabash resident, businessman and former Mayor Keith Hardee has died.

    Hardee, who served on the Calabash governing board for 20 years, including nine as mayor, died Monday, Jan. 12, following an illness.

    “Mayor Hardee was not only a successful Calabash business owner but also a public servant to the Calabash community before Calabash ever became incorporated as a town in 1973,” reads a press release and tribute to Hardee issued by the town.

  • Leland men accused of stealing copper wiring

    A Leland man and his cousin are accused of stealing copper wiring from DAK Americas’ property last month.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, and Jason Eugene Bolton, 37, both of Hawks Nest Drive, were arrested Friday, Jan. 9, and each charged with felony larceny, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Warrants show the men stole $1,200 in wiring from the facility Dec. 7, 2014. DAK Americas operated a plant in Navassa that employed about 600 workers. The company shut down the plant in September 2013, then began work to dismantle it.

  • Detectives seek S.C. man in jewelry theft

    Detectives are looking for an Horry County, S.C., man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in jewelry from a residence in Bolivia last month.

    Douglas Wilson Branton, 30, of Nathan Drive in Loris is wanted on a charge of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a warrant, he stole 48 pieces of jewelry, valued together at $29,263, from the home on Woody Trail sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 2014.

  • Two men arrested in separate assaults

    Two men have been arrested in two separate assaults that happened Thursday, Jan. 8, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Forty-year-old Jason William Kelly of Ocean Isle Beach is accused of choking a woman and punching her in the face while holding her child, warrants show. He was arrested Friday, Jan. 9.

    The woman suffered bruises around her eyes and cuts on her neck. Kelly took her cell phone to prevent her from calling 911 after the altercation, warrants allege.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate up slightly in November

    After Brunswick County’s unemployment rate hit a two year low at 6.0 percent in October, the rate ticked back up to 6.1 percent for November.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in November 2013.

    While the county unemployment rate increased from October to November the state unemployment rate decreased, from 5.5 percent to 5.3 percent.

  • Leland commissioner looking for options to change in Flexcode building alteration zoning

    Leland officials opened a public hearing Dec. 18 to discuss an ordinance change aimed at encouraging more development in downtown Leland.

    The public hearing was continued over to the Jan. 15 town meeting.

    Town staff intends to change the Flexcode ordinance definition of substantial modification of a building.

    Leland approved Flexcode zoning in 2011 to promote mixed-use development they want to encourage in Leland’s gateway district– downtown from the US-17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area.

  • Teachey named Leland’s 2014 Citizen of the Year

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman surprised Piggly Wiggly Manager Danny Teachey with the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year award at the Dec. 18 town meeting.

    “We can always depend on Danny,” Bozeman said.

    “I see him and his crew cooking food or doing whatever needs to be done whether it’s for the town, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce or the Unity Group of North Brunswick.”

    Teachey has been in the grocery business for 36 years and has spent the last 14 years with Piggly Wiggly in Leland where he is a manager and a store owner.