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  • County tax administrator resigns

    Tom Bagby has resigned as Brunswick County Tax Administrator.

    According to county attorney Huey Marshall, Bagby resigned as tax administrator Friday, Oct. 10.

    Bagby, who made an annual salary of $81,390, had served as the county’s tax administrator since April 10, 2006.

    When reached at home Tuesday, Bagby said he was surprised when commissioners asked him to resign as tax administrator.

    “I resigned at the request of the board,” Bagby said. “I was notified Tuesday (Oct. 7) by the board.”

  • Bush declares disaster for Hanna in Brunswick

    President George W. Bush has declared a federal disaster for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    N.C. Governor Mike Easley requested the disaster declaration on Sept. 30, and Bush declared the disaster Oct. 8, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said.

    Thompson said the presidential declaration is for public assistance, not individual assistance; meaning individual homeowners cannot apply for assistance.

  • Attorney: Substance abuse treatment needed

    Ronald Hewett is on the road to recovery, and his attorney wants him to stay on that path while serving his 16-month prison sentence.

    After being sentenced in federal court Monday afternoon, Hewett’s attorney Douglas Parsons asked that U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt recommend Hewett serve his time in a federal facility in Butner, and specifically, that Hewett participate in an intense substance abuse program, “so that he may continue on the course he’s on.”

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has pleaded guilty to three state embezzlement charges.

    On Monday morning, in Brunswick Superior Court, Hewett pleaded guilty to the three charges, but entered a no-contest plea to an obstruction of justice charge.

    He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation. Hewett will be under supervised probation until he reports to federal prison for the 16 months he was sentenced to federally last week.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    BOLIVIA—For a man of so many words, Ronald Hewett had few Monday morning, when he pleaded guilty to three state charges of embezzlement by a public official.

    Hewett entered a no-contest plea to a fourth state charge—obstruction of justice.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hewett’s charges were consolidated. He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation.

  • Clemmons, White take home trophies in Brunswick County Idol, Teen Idol

    Working two jobs, going to school and leading his church choir didn't leave Michael Clemmons of Bolivia much time for rehearsing his number for Saturday night's Brunswick County Idol competition.

    Apparently, his one day of rehearsal paid off, however, because he wowed the judges and audience with his rendition of "I Am Changing" from "Dreamgirls." He took home $500, a trophy and the title of Brunswick County Idol 2008 at the event finals at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Navassa plant to shut doors; governor announces 'rapid response'

    Gov. Mike Easley has announced a rapid response team from the N.C. Department of Commerce is being deployed to Brunswick Corporation’s U.S. Marine boat-building plant in Navassa.

    The announcement came soon after U.S. Marine announced it would shut down the plant, which employs about 270 workers, along with three others in other parts of the country.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Property damage on Island View Place in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect damaged victim’s yard and landscaping.

    •Credit card fraud on Court 5 in Calabash; suspect used victim’s credit cards to buy a gift card.

    •Harassment on George II Highway in Winnabow; suspect made harassing phone calls to the victim.

  • Three men arrested for copper larceny

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three men in connection with the theft of more than 3,000 pounds of copper wire.

    Detective Tony Caison said the three men stole copper wire, valued at around $7,000, between mid-July and late-August from Rayco, an ATMC fiber-optic subcontractor.

    The three suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Michael Coley, 21, of 2811 Nagshead Road, Supply; charged with three counts of felony larceny.

  • Brunswick County inmate hospitalized, SBI clears jailers

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County inmate was hospitalized after falling in a detention center cell Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Shane Johnson was arrested for drunk and disruptive on the evening of Oct. 4, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    After a deputy brought Johnson to the magistrates’ area in the detention center, Johnson assaulted the deputy, Miller said.