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  • Navassa man wanted on felony charges turns self in

    A Navassa man accused of stealing weapons in two separate break-ins turned himself in Saturday night, Nov. 22.

    Marco Adrian Ibarra, 20, of Old Mills Road, faces two counts each of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony conspiring to break and enter with intent to commit larceny, warrants show. One count of each crime comes from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the other from the Leland Police Department.

  • County 911 center construction kicks off with groundbreaking

    BOLIVIA — A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 19, marked the beginning of construction for Brunswick County’s new 911 communication center.

    “Today is an exciting day for Brunswick County,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said in a news release. “The new center will not only accommodate our growth, but will also provide updated equipment which will allow our telecommunicators to serve the community more effectively.”

  • Work planned on road near Ocean Isle Beach

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a portion of Eyota Drive, two-tenths of a mile south of N.C. 197, near Ocean Isle Beach, from Monday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 12, for maintenance.
    Crews will detour traffic for 1.2 miles: .2 miles to Culpepper, .3 miles to Causeway Drive, .2 miles to N.C. 179, .3 miles to Eyota Drive, then .2 miles to the pipe site.

  • Investigators seek Tennessee couple in OIB robbery

    Investigators have identified a Tennessee couple they said robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business Oct. 21.

    Kendrick Stefon Patton, 22, of Columbia and Ashley Turner, 18, of Madison are each wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Charter school company complies with state request

     A local charter school management company is back in good graces with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction after complying with its salary requests last week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) had been in legal limbo with the department for more than a month after the management company did not provide it with the requested salary information.

  • Student collects soda tabs to raise money for injured friend

     SHALLOTTE — After Selena Utter was injured in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 14, the West Brunswick High School junior said she found out who her real friends were.

    Among those friends is Megan Henson, a senior at West Brunswick, who started a collection of aluminum soda can tabs to raise enough funds to buy a wheelchair for Utter.

    All West Brunswick seniors are required to complete a Senior Project before becoming eligible for graduation.

  • Board terminates superintendent’s contract

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

  • Parents react to superintendent’s firing

     BELVILLE — Following the school board’s decision Nov. 12 to fire Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden, concerned community members and parents say they are left with more questions than answers, criticizing the board for a lack of transparency.

  • Investigators seek two men on various charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find two men wanted on various charges.

    Henry Wade Rutledge, 46, of Rock Street in Archdale is wanted on two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony after breaking and entering and obtaining property by means of false pretense stemming from incidents in Holden Beach in October, according to a news release. He is also wanted by Shallotte police on a felony larceny charge in an incident that also occurred in October.

  • Agents arrest seven in separate drug cases

     Agents arrested three Shallotte residents accused of trafficking heroin through Brunswick County.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 30-year-old Lamar McDow, 27-year-old Eddie Hill and 24-year-old Masheka Rena Cobb during a traffic stop on N.C. 130 near Ash.