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  • Shallotte man ‘beats crew chief’ to win $20K in tools

    While most of us had to wait until last week for Santa to arrive, Christmas came early this year for Brian Doran when he won the SK Professional Tools “Beat the Crew Chief” Contest in Las Vegas on Oct. 3.

    Doran, originally from Eastern Long Island, N.Y., has worked as a mechanic since 1982 when a friend got him a job in a transmission shop while he was in high school.

  • County sees indirect benefits in 10-year transportation plan

    Only two transportation projects that directly or indirectly impact Brunswick County are expected to make the state’s next 10-year transportation plan when it is released in January.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation Division 3, which covers Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Sampson counties, had five aviation projects, a ferry project and three highway projects on the list of division-level projects anticipated to be included for funding.

  • Shark tag nets hat for Holden Beach shell-seeker

    Jessica Antill was trolling for shells rather than sharks when she happened upon a strange greenish object lurking in the high-tide wrack line east of the Holden Beach Fishing Pier.

    Digging a little deeper in the tidal debris that had washed onshore, the Supply resident and beachcomber fished out a 2-inch-long tag set bearing numbers.

    “The shelling wasn’t very good that day, so I decided to do what I could to pick up some of the trash,” said Antill, an administrative assistant for Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Leland considers town fire department

    LELAND — Leland officials will consider creating a town fire department, with or without the Leland Volunteer Fire Rescue Department.

    The town has contracted with the LVFRD since April 20, 2000. The department is a nonprofit that provides fire protection, rescue services and emergency medical care for Leland, Belville and Brunswick County.

  • Kidney donor, recipient embrace health after surgery

    Nearly five months ago, Joel Johnson and Bryan Bernard were sharing a trip to Durham, then a kidney as they underwent donor-recipient surgery Aug. 8 at Duke University Hospital.

    At the end of 2016 and approaching start of a new year, the Supply natives and lifelong friends are definitely grateful for their health and the experiences that sharing the gift of life brought them in the past year.

    “I’m feeling wonderful — I’ve really been blessed,” said Bernard, who celebrated his 47th birthday Nov. 28.

  • Holden Beach updates fire prevention ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — Those who plan to visit Holden Beach will need to rethink plans to grill out on decks after Holden Beach commissioners voted unanimously at their Dec. 20 meeting to amend the town Code of Ordinances regarding fire prevention.

    The amended ordinance states open-flame devices, including charcoal burners, cannot be used within 10 feet of any combustible construction, with the exception of propane-fueled grills.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks woman last seen Christmas Eve

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public to find 26-year-old Mashanee Lashawn Cokeley.

    Cokeley is described as a black woman. She was last seen at her home on Allison Drive in Calabash at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, wearing a red hoodie and green jogging pants. The sheriff’s office said she was picked up by a man named Ruben Oviedo in a Lincoln Navigator with South Carolina license plate NBA-738.

  • Police seek Leland credit union robber

    A man carrying an assault-style rifle robbed the Riegelwood Federal Credit Union at 2065 Andrew Jackson Highway in Leland on Thursday morning.

    Leland Police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said officers received the robbery call at 8:21 a.m.

    Humphries said the robber wore a ski mask, a hooded jacket and gloves.

    “No one was injured. No shots were fired,” Humphries said.

    The robber left the credit union driving a light blue sedan with an undetermined amount of money, Humphries said.

    The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

  • Man sought in ATM scam case

    Sunset Beach and Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man they think is committing ATM card fraud.

    Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long said the man, who is described as light-complexioned with a medium build who wears glasses and has facial hair, has been going to various ATMs in Southport, Sunset Beach, Shallotte, New Hanover County and Little River, S.C., and using cloned cards to withdraw money from people’s accounts.

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of untreated wastewater from a 2-inch low pressure blow-off at 3798 Worthington Place in St. James on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

    The amount of the spill was about 10,000 gallons. The discharge was caused by a concrete truck driving in the utility right-of-way onto a 2-inch blow-off.