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  • Three men arrested, one sought in Lumberton bank robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted other law enforcement agencies in looking for four Whiteville men who robbed a Lumberton bank Jan. 23. No one was injured.

    Three have been arrested and charged in the crime, while a fourth remains at large.

    Daquan Pridgen, 26, of Memory Twin Circle was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Sunday at the FBI office in Fayetteville and taken to the Columbus County Detention Center.

  • Supply man accused of stealing copper wire from BEMC

    A Supply man is accused of stealing more than $2,000 in copper wire from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.  

    Dustin Brent Hair, 24, of Lake Paula Drive was arrested Jan. 24 and charged with felony larceny, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense and breaking or entering a motor vehicle, as well as misdemeanor first-degree trespassing and injury to real property.

    Warrants show Hair jumped over a chain-link fence and broke into a BEMC truck at 795 Ocean Highway in Supply between Jan. 17 and 18 to steal $2,172.11 in copper wire.

  • H2GO board reduces water contaminant testing

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District H2GO board returned to H2GO offices for its Jan. 25 meeting after two months of meeting in the Leland Middle School cafeteria.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock ruled Dec. 13 to uphold a temporary restraining order freezing the conveyance of the water and sewer system and its real and personal property to Belville and any action on building the reverse osmosis plant at least through January, so the new board handled day to day business during its first meeting of 2018.

  • Club Profile: Shallotte Moose Lodge 710/Women of the Moose 1932

    Driving along Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, you may find yourself passing a sign advertising Bingo and meals. The group offering? Shallotte Moose Lodge.

    Shallotte Moose Lodge is just one of thousands of The Loyal Order of Moose locations in the United States, with the original order forming in 1888.

  • Leland Industrial Park owner seeks voluntary annexation

    LELAND — Leland officials received another voluntary annexation request at the Jan. 25 town meeting.

    Kingfish Investment Properties LLC submitted an application to annex a vacant 3.02-acre parcel at 9244 Industrial Blvd. NE in Leland Industrial Park into the town.

    State statute 160A-58.1 requires the town to investigate the petition and provide board members with a Certificate of Sufficiency to ensure the voluntary annexation petition was signed by all the property owners to be able to set a public hearing on the annexation.

  • BCSO helps search for Lumberton bank robbers

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is helping other law enforcement agencies look for four people who robbed a Lumberton bank Jan. 23. No one was injured.

    According to a FBI news release, four heavily armed people robbed the PNC bank at 707 N. Chestnut St. of an undisclosed amount of money at 3:30 p.m.

    Immediately after the robbery, Lumberton police saw the robbers leaving the area in a gray Saturn car and followed them out of city limits, with the robbers firing at them. No officers were injured.

  • Focus groups, public comments begin Leland’s parks and rec plan update

    LELAND — Leland began its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan update last week by hosting representatives from Greenplay LLC, the contractor that will develop the plan.

    The contractor met Jan. 23-24 with focus groups that Leland operation services director Niel Brooks said were made up of 45 residents and stakeholders, including business owners, who answered questions about the local needs.

    The Greenplay group then hosted a public meeting during the Jan. 24 parks and recreation board meeting to allow residents to elaborate on parks and rec needs.

  • Leland man accused of beating puppy to death

    Animal advocates are calling for justice to be served in the case of a Leland man who investigators said beat a puppy to death on Christmas Day.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said Christopher Anthony Simpson, 21, was arrested Jan. 22, charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals and released the same day on $2,500 bail.

    Jail records show Simpson was re-arrested Jan. 23 and his bail increased to $100,000.

  • Navassa Superfund site cleanup project to host workshop Feb. 23-24

    NAVASSA — Residents and others will be able to weigh in on the use of Navassa’s Superfund cleanup site during a weekend community vision workshop Feb. 23-24.

    The community vision planning sessions the evening of Friday, Feb. 23, and all day Saturday, Feb. 24, will offer residents, community leaders, business owners and other community stakeholders a chance to brainstorm ideas and provide feedback to land-use planners for reusing the Superfund site once the cleanup effort is completed.

  • VFW NC elementary Teacher of the Year talks patriotism

    SHALLOTTE — For Union Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tara Cumbee, patriotism is part of the lifeblood of her classroom.

    It’s this emphasis on and passion for patriotism that earned Cumbee the honor of being VFW NC Teacher of the year in the elementary school category.

    West Brunswick High School JROTC instructor Col. Joseph Calisto, who received the award in the high school category, will join Cumbee at the official recognition ceremony Friday, Feb. 2, at the VFW NC Convention Banquet in Cary.