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  • Judge denies motion to dismiss entire jury pool

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to dismiss an entire jury pool in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Thursday marked the third consecutive day of jury selection in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Rolling car injures two Leland officers

    Two Leland police officers suffered minor injuries during a traffic stop.

    Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Leland Officer Inman Rahman attempted a traffic stop at U.S. 74/76 west near the Mount Misery Road exit.

    The driver, Benjamin Patrick Jr., failed to yield to blue lights and siren for a short distance. Once he stopped, he had to be pulled from his vehicle.

    Patrick failed to put his vehicle into park and it began to roll backward, striking Rahman and Officer Jeff Salyer with the open door.

  • Accused child murderer’s lawyer moves to dismiss jury pool

    BOLIVIA — The lawyer for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy filed an oral motion to dismiss an entire jury pool after multiple potential jurors discussed the case outside the Brunswick County Superior Court courtroom with a television reporter Wednesday, March 25.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate jumps to 8 percent to start 2015

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in January 2015.

    The rate increased from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and was closer to January 2014’s high of 8.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate last hit 8 percent unemployment in December 2013.

    The county hit a two-year low at 6.0 percent in October 2014 but has increased each month since.

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

  • Leland officials seek grants for pedestrian projects

    LELAND — Leland officials have agreed to commit to building a multi-use path off Westgate Drive to receive a grant for the project.

    The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) told the town money was available for the project through the Surface Transportation-Direct Appointment Funds.

    The town submitted a project to create a 10-foot multi-purpose path from Westgate Drive behind Wal-Mart to follow a power line easement through Brunswick Forest to Rice Gate Way.

  • Belville says Leland bill for ABC permit unlawful

    BELVILLE — Belville officials say Leland’s legislative request for an ABC permit is unconstitutional.

    At a March 5 workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • County will hold public hearing for special sewer project in Carolina Shores North

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a preliminary assessment for a Special Assessment District (SAD) to install a sewer collection system to serve the Carolina Shores North subdivision.

    A SAD is created for an area where property owners have requested a public improvement and agreed to pay for that improvement through charges levied against owners within the district.

  • Belville hosting grand opening of Riverwalk classroom pavilion

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will host a grand opening of the classroom pavilion on the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park trail off River Road (N.C. 133) at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

    The event will be the first time the public is officially invited to see the first stage of the riverwalk for themselves, although people have wandered the trail to visit the pavilion site ever since the project began construction last October.

  • County commissioners return to bi-monthly meeting schedule

    Brunswick County will return to hosting two county meetings a month beginning in April.

    The county already implemented a meeting time change beginning at the March board session.

    At the March 16 meeting, commissioners called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. to hold closed session discussions at the start of the agenda before returning to open session at 6:30 p.m.

  • Park and ride slow to catch on in Leland, but here to stay

    LELAND — Two out of three park and ride lots are in place in Leland, which transportation officials want more people to know.

    The park and ride program was created by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76.