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  • Supporters, opponents split over former county sheriff’s legacy

    While some prominent county figures have rallied behind Ronald Hewett, some Hewett opponents were quick to share their discontent with the former sheriff Monday in Raleigh.

    Prior to Hewett’s sentencing, several community members, friends and some county officials wrote letters to U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in support of Hewett, urging leniency in his sentencing. More supporters attended Hewett’s sentencing Monday, including county commissioner Phil Norris, Shallotte Alderman Alan Lewis and more than a dozen other supporters, family and friends.

  • Shallotte OKs fire grant

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen voted 3-2 Tuesday night to accept a federal grant to pay for four additional firefighter positions. The grant funds would gradually decrease over a four-year period.

    The two dissenting voters, Alan Lewis and Buddy Kelly, cited uncertain economic conditions and lack of need as reasons for voting against the grant.

  • Coastal care van provides mammograms for uninsured women

    BOLIVIA—Every month, New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Coastal Care Van cruises into five counties to provide mammograms for women, including the uninsured.

    Since 1998, the Coastal Care Van has been traveling through New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow and Duplin counties to provide women with screening mammograms.

    The Coastal Care Van kicked off Breast Cancer Month on Oct. 1 by stopping at the Brunswick County Health Department to perform screening mammograms and talk about early detection.

  • Former sheriff sentenced to 16 months

    First published at 3:23 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

    Updated at 1:37 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for his obstruction of justice charge.

    "I take full responsibility," Hewett said in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.

    "I can't tell you how sorry I am—the remorse I feel. I want to thank the folks from Brunswick County standing behind me," Hewett said.

  • Cape Fear sweeps BCC

    The Brunswick Community College volleyball team lost 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 to the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils in match Sept. 24 at West Brunswick High School.

    The Dolphins fell behind 9-4 in the first game but cut the lead to 9-8 behind the serving of Jordan Clear. But the Sea Devils outscored the Dolphins 8-2 in taking a 17-10 lead and control of the game. Cape Fear scored the final two points of the game on back-to-back aces.

  • School board member calls for superintendent's termination

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert publicly announced his dissatisfaction with Superintendent Katie McGee at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

    He made a motion to terminate her contract, which died due to a lack of second.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson, vice-chair Charlie Miller and member Jimmy Hobbs were silent after the motion was made. Board member Scott Milligan was absent from the meeting.

    “I think it’s her time, she should go,” Gilbert said after the meeting.

  • Bolivia student killed in wreck

    A 10-year-old Bolivia Elementary School student died in a car wreck in Columbus County over the weekend.

    According to Sgt. J.M. Lewis of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Tyler Bethune was in the front passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet passenger vehicle being driven by his 19-year-old sister Jasmine Jones.

    Jones was traveling north on Hallsboro Road just before 7 p.m. Sunday when she attempted to turn into the parking lot of a drag strip and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck, Lewis said.

  • Disaster declaration sought for Brunswick

    N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has requested a federal disaster declaration for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said the state met the threshold for damages, allowing Easley to request the federal disaster declaration.

    Preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure completed last Friday topped the $14 million mark.

  • Man pleads guilty to gun on campus

    Perritt Alford, the parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who was arrested in February for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on campus, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to carrying a firearm on campus.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Alford to 18 months of supervised probation to include psychiatric testing and treatment, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    Another requirement of Alford’s probation, Thomas said, is for all of his firearms and law enforcement paraphernalia to be destroyed.

  • BEMC addressing energy efficiency, environmental issues

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC), the county’s electric cooperative, is investing in ways to balance the need for affordable power with protecting the environment.

    “We know what we’re supposed to do: provide safe, reliable and affordable power, and we also want to have a social conscience by learning about environmentally sound techniques,” BEMC CEO Chip Leavitt Leavitt said.