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  • Grand jury indicts Leland ex-cop in shooting, chase

     A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted an ex-Leland police officer who led a high-speed chase into South Carolina last week before being caught and arrested.

    Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply was indicted during a Sept. 22 grand jury session in Superior Court on three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

  • Fugitive arrested in Southport

     A Greenville man wanted on robbery charges was captured in Southport last week.

    James Bennett Mizell, 27, was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Thursday, Sept. 25, on charges from Pitt County of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of common law robbery, misdemeanor probation violation, obtaining property by false pretense and larceny of chose in action, records show. He also is charged with failure to pay child support amounting to $3,132 in Brunswick County.

  • County health director issued summons

     The Brunswick County Health and Human Services director will appear in court to face misdemeanor charges later this month.

    David Stanley was issued a misdemeanor criminal summons Sept. 23 on charges of cyberstalking and harassing phone calls that allegedly took place between Aug. 26 and Sept. 23.

  • Elementary students enjoy ‘Life on the Farm’

     WINNABOW — Only a couple years removed from learning the famous children’s song, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” students at Belville Elementary School learned what life on a real farm was all about.

    Funston Farms in Winnabow hosted “Life on the Farm” for the 43rd time in its illustrious history and welcomed more than 200 students from several of the district’s elementary schools during the last two weeks.

  • UPDATE: Another teen found

    Missing teen Jasmine Monique Green of Ocean Isle Beach has been safely located, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said Saturday night, Sept. 27.

  • UPDATE: 14-year-old found

    Fourteen-year-old Breanna Lynn Collins Southport has been safely located after leaving a South Brunswick Cougars game Friday night.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office thanks those who assisted with getting the word out.

  • Cultures converge at 2014 Intercultural Festival

     On Saturday, Sept. 27, cultures from across the globe will converge on the campus of Brunswick Community College for the 2014 Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

    The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m., festival coordinator Mari-Lou Wong-Chong said.

    The festival will feature a variety of musical and dancer performances, as well as a sampling of ethnic foods. Vendors and community organizations also set up tables at the event as part of the “international pavilion.”

  • Leland maps potential street connections to meet future needs

    LELAND — Leland commissioners approved a resolution updating street maps created to identify potential roadway connections throughout the town.

    The board originally approved the street infill maps in 2012 to focus on potential street connections between Village and Old Fayetteville roads, which were presented to the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization.

    Planning director Robert Waring told commissioners the updated infill maps looked at connections that would ease the reliance on U.S. 17 to move throughout Leland’s city limits.

  • Belville thanks county manager for help making riverwalk shovel-ready

    BELVILLE — Belville officials began their Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville recognitions a couple weeks early during the Sept. 22 town meeting.

    The Belville town council and staff will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the riverwalk from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the start of the first section of nature trails that are part of the park plan.

  • County to spend $1.2M on school construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County intends to issue limited obligation bonds in 2015 to pay for classroom additions at North Brunswick High School and a gym/auditorium at Waccamaw Elementary School.

    Brunswick County would pay $1.2 million for design, engineering, site preparation and other costs prior to obtaining construction bids by advancing funds and then reimbursing itself with debt proceeds, according to a proposal county manager Ann Hardy gave commissioners during their Sept. 15 meeting.