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  • Two men sought in firearm theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for two men in a firearm theft.

    Thirty-five-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Barnes II, of Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, is wanted on a possession of a stolen firearm charge, while 28-year-old James Edward Kohler, of Hampton Oaks Drive in Fayetteville, is wanted on a larceny of a firearm charge, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

  • Duke Energy to test Brunswick Nuclear Plant sirens April 12

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested Wednesday, April 12, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. No public action is required.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at full-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Report: Southport officer killed in crash was drunk

    A toxicology report shows the officer who died when he crashed his cruiser on Stone Chimney Road last month had a blood alcohol concentration of .17.

    A person is considered legally impaired in North Carolina with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

    Officer Jason Freeman, 29, died not far from his residence and about 11 miles outside city limits, Southport Mayor Jerry Dove said. No one else was injured.

  • Boat captains say Lockwood Folly dredging ‘dire’

    HOLDEN BEACH — At least a half dozen people including local boat captains turned out last week to outline concerns about the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which they say is in critical need of dredging or boat operators are going to pay the price this summer.

  • Rap concert denied for Navassa Park

    Brunswick County officials made it clear last week a rap concert promoted as happening at Navassa Park will not take place, at least not on county land.

    An April 7 concert by rapper Rick Ross was planned in the park with tickets on sale at Wilmington businesses Dr. Stylz and G&K Hair Studio and in Jacksonville businesses New Fashion and All About Music.

    Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said the concert had also been promoted on 97.3 FM and on Facebook.

  • Avalon subdivision infrastructure completion ends county obligation

    Brunswick County is almost out of the infrastructure development business.

    In December, the county board approved turning over remaining infrastructure bonds to BMR Development Co. after it completed water and sewer, streets and stormwater work for its part of Avalon subdivision off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE.

    The subdivision has two major owners. BMR owns the southern end and Land Limited LLC owns the northern end.

    Known as Avalon of the Carolinas before the housing bubble burst in 2007, it was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond.

  • As residential construction picks up, neighborhood plans increase

    A steady increase in new residential construction in Brunswick County and is municipalities has led to bigger plans as new developments begin popping up.

    The Brunswick County Planning Board approved a new development called Inlet Point at its March 13 meeting. It is planned for 144 townhome lots on 26.4 acres along Village Point Road SW by property owner Thomas Tucker, president of Atrium Homes.

    Jimmy McDonnell, representing Mill Creek Cove NC LLC, closed on the Mill Creek Cove subdivision at 23300 Sunset Harbor Road in Bolivia on Jan. 17.

  • Belville hires county economic development manager as town planner

    BELVILLE — Belville found the town planner it has sought since March 2015 in Brunswick County’s economic development manager John Allen.

    Allen, formerly the community development specialist for the city of Southport, was hired as Brunswick County’s economic development manager June 27, 2016.

    Allen and his wife moved to Southport, where he joined the city staff in December 2014 after a six-year career as economic director in Mecklenburg County.

  • Craft brewery taps Shallotte for expansion

    A craft beer brewery has announced plans to locate in Shallotte.

    Red Hare Brewing Co., based in Marietta, Ga., intends to move into the Coastal Drug Store building at 4802 Main St., on the northwest corner of Mulberry Street.

    Red Hare’s second brewery will be the company’s first expansion and is expected to open in the second half of 2017.

    Red Hare founder and managing partner Roger Davis and Bobby Thomas, co-founder and head brewer, said they were heavily influenced by a road trip to visit breweries on the coast of Oregon last year.

  • Civic groups meet for forum on sharing services

    BOLIVIA — About 30 people, representing the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a half dozen advocacy groups and a church, attended the first meeting to organize assistance for victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking March 24.

    “Although we’re few in numbers today, the fact that we care is enough. It will be a ripple to attract other people,” said Chris Coli from Crosswinds Church.