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  • Carolina Shores recycling employee moved to custodial job

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners has voted to move town recycle center employee Jerry Franklin to a custodial position.

    The unanimous vote came following closed sessions Aug. 7 with the town’s human resources committee and town attorney Jim Eldridge.

  • Oceanfront swimming pools endorsed for Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the Sunset Beach oceanfront.

    The proposal is on a list of proposed UDO amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting.

    Board chairman Carol Santavicca said since there are no longer septic tanks on the island, the time has come to allow oceanfront swimming pools.

    Santavicca said the lots have land and space to accommodate swimming pools.

  • Man arrested, charged in Leland attack

    A Wilmington man is accused of assaulting another man with a knife in Leland, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Dustin Brandon Taylor, 21, of Middlesound Loop Road, was arrested Wednesday night, Aug. 6, and faces a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to the release.

    Taylor attacked a man with a brown and silver curved blade knife on Leland School Road about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Southport man charged in robberies

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a man they said robbed two Southport businesses.

    Robert Anthony Nichols, 51, of Nichols Avenue, was charged with two counts of common law robbery.

    The first robbery happened Wednesday at the Murphy Gas Station. The second occurred Thursday at the Tobacco Road Outlet on Long Beach Road.

    Nichols is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $30,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County unemployment increases slightly in June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.9 percent in June.

    The increase is only one-tenth of a point above May 2014’s 6.8 percent rate, but it is the second consecutive month the numbers have gone up.

    The unemployment rate hit a two-year low in April 2014 at 6.3 percent.

    Throughout early 2014, Brunswick County’s unemployment numbers fell significantly.

  • Law change could aid Brunswick development

    A change to economic development funding Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law July 30 could offer Brunswick County another incentive for drawing industry.

  • Holden Beach playground construction a gift residents made happen

    HOLDEN BEACH — A jungle gym and swing set are in place along the Intracoastal Waterway, just across the street from the Holden Beach town hall.

    They are the first signs that the playground in the newly named Bridgeview Park is under construction.

    The idea for a playground grew out of the thought that Holden Beach residents would be willing to donate a little money for a swing set and jungle gym to give kids a place to play.

  • Brunswick icon 'Big Nell' Harrelson dies at 72

    By Laura Lewis and Sam Hickman

    Staff Writers

    She was a Brunswick County icon, the first and only woman to ever run for sheriff.

    She’s also the namesake of a popular local eatery and was renowned for her love of people, especially elderly ones and children.

    On Monday, Aug. 4, Brunswick County lost “Big Nell” Harrelson, who died at 72 following an illness.

  • Options, contract weighed for Sunset Beach twin lakes

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach leaders will discuss options with “stakeholders” as well as limits with a contractor regarding maintenance of the twin lakes on Sunset Boulevard West.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said is the consensus gleaned following much discussion about the future of the privately owned lakes at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, Aug. 4.

    A number of residents spoke, including ones living around the lakes urging council to accept an offer to have the lakes deeded to the town from the Ed Gore Trust.

  • Sunset Beach environmental activist Sue Weddle wins Pelican Award

    SUNSET BEACH — Sue Weddle remembers the day she became an environmentalist.

    She and Owen, her husband for the past 39 years, had just taken possession of their freshly built house overlooking scenic Blane Creek on the Sunset Beach island back in May 1989.

    “There was a spring rain, and I walked out on the deck and look at this beautiful marsh,” Weddle recalled. “And I thought, ‘I am the luckiest person in the world.’”

    Moments later, her gaze shifted farther up the creek.