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  • Sheriff’s office mourns K-9 officer Moncey

     During her last working assignment, Moncey traced every inch of the stage at the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, ensuring there were no explosives in the area undetected by the human eye. Explosives were Moncey’s specialty.

    But just a month after an action-packed, three-day work session as a K-9 officer working the Azalea Festival, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is mourning Moncey, a black German shepherd who died May 3 from a ruptured spleen, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Winnabow man sought for questioning arrested in Maryland

     A Winnabow man sought for questioning in a late April break-in and larceny case has been arrested in Maryland.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies asked for the public’s assistance locating 20-year-old Franklin Ray Lewis, 20, of Greenhill Road, who they wanted for questioning in an April 28 theft from a residence on his street. A safe containing cash, various titles and deeds, and old coins were taken, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Woman dies in head-on collision on N.C. 211

     A 60-year-old Ohio woman died in a head-on collision May 4 in Southport.

    Deborah Dunkle, of Cleveland Heights, was driving north on N.C. 211 when she swerved at the West Trace intersection to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of her and struck a dump truck instead, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper C.S. Thompson said.

    Dunkle was pronounced dead at the scene, Thompson said.

    The wreckage caused lengthy traffic delays on N.C. 211 that afternoon, forcing traffic to detour to Midway Road in Bolivia.

  • Veteran’s Amnesty Day offers military members, spouses a fresh start

     For veterans or their spouses looking for a fresh start in the criminal justice system, a first-of-its-kind Veteran’s Amnesty Day provided that opportunity last week in New Hanover County.

  • Detectives seek two men in Calabash area gun theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the community’s assistance in finding two men who broke into a Calabash business early Sunday morning, May 10, and stole eight guns.

    A caller reported the break-in at 1:04 a.m. at Low Country Sports, at 580 Thomasboro Road. Three handguns and five long guns were stolen, according to a news release.

  • School board meeting raises dispute with county over funding

     BOLIVIA — Contentious debate about a funding agreement between Brunswick County Schools and the county highlighted the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 5, inside the county commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    During a liaison committee meeting Monday, May 4, county officials told Superintendent Les Tubb the county would remain revenue neutral, meaning they wouldn’t raise taxes and the schools won’t get additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • County for, Belville against bill to end sanitary districts

    The bill proposed to eliminate Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO has received the support of county commissioners and opposition from Belville’s town board.

    In March, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    House Bill 516, sponsored by Brunswick County Reps. Susi H. Hamilton and Frank Iler, was filed April 1 and referred to the Committee on Local Government and directed to the Finance Committee.

  • County OKs ending non-emergency ambulance transport

    Brunswick County Emergency Services will stop offering most non-emergency transportation at the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    Brian Watts, the county’s emergency services director, asked the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during its May 4 meeting to approve ending county non-emergency transport service.

  • World War II bomber pilot, family of crewman take flight with B-17

    OAK ISLAND — One of the last World War II era B-17 bombers still flying came to Brunswick County last weekend and with it came visitors to remember the men who served in them.

    The B17 Aluminum Overcast, crewed by pilots Bob and Lorraine Morris of the Experimental Airplane Association, was hosted by Oak Island’s EAA Chapter 939 at the Cape Fear Regional Jet Port, April 30-May 3.

    The B17 flew into Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport from Lakeland, Fla., where the EAA group participated in the annual Fun in Sun air show.

  • County back to less than 7 percent unemployment in March

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for March 2015 decreased to 6.8 percent.

    The rate was down to 6.3 percent in December 2014, then soared to 8.0 percent in January 2015.

    The rate drop continued from February, when unemployment fell to 7.5 percent.

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

    In March 2014, the county had an 8.2 percent unemployment rate.