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  • Brunswick County Streetreach aids homeless in winter rain and cold

    While area communities braved last weekend’s cold with little incident, Brunswick County Streetreach was reaching out to the homeless.

    When winter rain and cold descended last week, a team of volunteers with the sheltering ministry fanned out to aid people living outside.

    “Clutching flashlights and shivering, volunteers canvassed locations across the county where the homeless are known to sleep,” reads a Streetreach press release issued Monday, Jan. 25.

    The team spent two days distributing food, gloves, coats and thermal blankets.

  • Supply man accused of setting horse stable fire

     A Supply man is accused of setting fire to a horse stable Sunday, Jan. 24.

    The stable was vacant during the fire and no horses were injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax added.

    Detectives arrested 18-year-old Hunter Anthony Howell and charged him with felony burning other buildings and first-degree trespassing, Flax said.

    Howell is accused of setting fire to a building that is used as a horse stable in the 2300 block of Boones Neck Road, warrants show.

  • UPDATE: Larkin new Sunset Beach councilman

    SUNSET BEACH — Pete Larkin will fill the remaining two-year term of a vacant town council seat after being chosen in a split vote by Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night.

    Larkin, a retired civil engineer who has served on the town board of adjustment and as a volunteer firefighter in Sunset Beach, received votes from council members Carol Scott and Lou De Vita, plus a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Ron Watts, at the Feb. 1 meeting.

  • Shallotte woman accused of stealing a firearm

     A 19-year-old Shallotte woman accused of stealing a gun faces a felony charge after her Monday, Jan. 25, arrest.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Summer Elisa Lysak, of Sasspan Drive, and charged her with larceny of a firearm.

    Lysak is accused of stealing a Colt .380 semi-automatic handgun from a residence on Rock Crab Way in Shallotte on Dec. 17, 2015, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Monday.

    Lysak is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail. 

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board digs up fill ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH — Town planning and inspections director Rawls Howard has been tasked with researching other towns about slope and fill requirements to develop a “best practice” for Sunset Beach.

    Direction came at a Sunset Beach Planning Board work meeting last Thursday, Jan. 21, during discussion to amend the town Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to address fill standards for lots.

  • Sunset Beach man, others arrested on drug charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested three people Thursday, Jan. 21, in two separate investigations.

    Michael Tykee Leach, 27, of Ocean Highway West in Sunset Beach was arrested after agents seized a “small amount” of cocaine and marijuana during search of his home, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Detectives investigate two armed robberies

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating two separate armed robberies that happened Thursday, Jan. 21.

    No one was injured during either incident.

    A 47-year-old man was walking in an area near Makatoka Road and Etta Lane in Supply when four people — two men and two women — held him at gunpoint before stealing his wallet and $350 cash, incident reports show.

    In the other case, investigators are trying to locate a couple who robbed a man and woman of prescription medication and $7 cash at a home in Leland.

  • BCC will be tobacco-free campus beginning in fall 2017

     SUPPLY — Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, Brunswick Community College will officially be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus.

    The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously on a motion to adopt the policy during their monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 21. It will prohibit the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco or spit tobacco snuff, or any other items “containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products.”

  • Marine pronounced dead after search

     Twelve Marines, including one with ties to Brunswick County, were pronounced dead after a five-day around-the-clock search following a crash between two helicopters in a training exercise over Hawaii the morning of Jan. 15.

    Among the 12 who perished is 25-year-old Sgt. Adam Schoeller, who was a CH-53E crew chief and the husband of West Brunswick High School graduate Samantha Wickel Schoeller.

    The Coast Guard officially suspended its search, which spanned 40,000 nautical miles and shorelines, Jan. 19. No bodies were found.

  • BCC program earns perfect pass rate for eighth consecutive year

     It’s often been said there are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes.

    Apparently, Brunswick Community College practical nursing students can add a third certainty to the list — earning a 100 percent pass rate on the end-of-year national exam.

    For an eighth consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.