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  • OIB fireworks show to return in 2015

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach will continue scheduling an Independence Day fireworks show after the success of the first attempt June 29.

    But next year it plans to host the fireworks during the July 4th weekend instead of the week before.

    Town officials voted unanimously at the Tuesday, July 8, commissioners’ meeting to schedule the 2015 second annual fireworks display Friday, July 3, with a rain date of Sunday, July 5.

  • OIB businessman creates CAMA approved product for beach house erosion repair

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A local business owner created a way to stabilize sand erosion under beachfront homes while meeting the environmental standards set by the state.

    Daniel Simmons, owner of Ocean Isle Beach Ready Mix, was called to stabilize the foundation of a house at 444 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, along the strip of beach where a new layer of sand was laid down in the spring to hold off beach erosion.

    The ocean waves had already taken a toll on the house before the beach renourishment could provide some protection.

  • Navassa homecoming sees a youth movement

    NAVASSA — Navassa hosted its 33rd annual homecoming last weekend with only a rain delay rescheduling one event.

    The town had a good turnout of old and new community members, but Mayor Eulis Willis pointed out the town’s future homecoming events is secure because of the large number of children lining the parade route and family fun activities.

    “Communities grow and change and ours is predominantly children,” Willis said.

  • Hurricane Arthur brushes past Brunswick County

    Hurricane Arthur passed by Thursday, July 3, leaving all of Brunswick County with varying levels of rain throughout the day but no significant damage.

    The hurricane reached Category 1 status with 90 mph winds as it traveled northeast along the Brunswick County coast Thursday.

    But the eye of the storm remained about 45 miles offshore, which put the outer rain bands spinning through the county for much of the day.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

    Hall, who is represented by Gastonia-based lawyer Arcangela Mazzariello, faces 11 counts of statutory sex offenses, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and a count of forcible sex offense.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

  • Authorities search for missing Navassa teen

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing 15-year-old boy from Navassa late Tuesday afternoon, July 9.

    Antonio Demetrius Hansley is black, 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds. His top front teeth are missing, his hair is short and black and he has brown eyes.

    Authorities believe Hansley is suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, the alert said. He was last seen wearing a red and gray short sleeved T-shirt with dark shorts at 103 Village Road in Leland. He could be traveling to Wilmington and in danger.

  • Former sheriff faces federal firearms charge

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett had an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10, to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
    According to an affidavit in a criminal complaint, multiple firearms were found at Hewett’s Supply residence Wednesday, July 9. The number and type of firearms seized from the residence weren’t given.

  • Ash resident challenges novel used in schools

     For the second time in seven months, Brunswick County Schools is facing another book challenge.

    An official challenge of Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” was delivered June 30 to Cedar Grove Middle School. The challenge arrived after public discourse regarding the merits of the book and its appropriateness for study as part of the middle school’s honors English and language arts curriculum.

  • School superintendent’s evaluation continued again

     BOLIVIA — Twelve hours and two weeks later, the Brunswick County Board of Education still hasn’t completed Superintendent Edward Pruden’s evaluation.

    What began June 24 with a seven-hour meeting to assess Pruden’s performance has continued into the second week of July as board members convened for another five hours Tuesday, July 8, at the Brunswick County Schools Administrative Office building in Bolivia.