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  • Leland man charged in malnourished pit bull’s death

     A Leland man accused of contributing to the death of a malnourished pit bull faces a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old James Jarett Roof, of Ocean Highway East, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Roof is accused of “intentionally depriving (a pit bull dog) of necessary sustenance,” a warrant shows. The tan, female pit bull mix died Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  • Weekend weather advisory

    As Winter Storm Jonas closes in on the East Coast, inland Brunswick County is included in a freezing rain advisory issued for the region by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Elsewhere the area can expect a 100 percent chance of rain Friday with a high near 51 and new precipitation amounts possibly between a half and three quarters of an inch.

    The extended forecast for south Brunswick County for Friday night calls for a low around 38 and 90 percent chance of precipitation.

  • Men facing drug charges accused of sex crimes involving child

    Brunswick County sheriff’s investigators charged two Southport men, who were already in the county jail on drug charges, with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Thursday night.

  • County closer to gaining Oak Island water and sewer system

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Oak Island during its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, to acquire the town’s water and wastewater system.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said the memorandum is the first of several steps that must be taken before the Oak Island water and sewer systems would merge with the county’s.

    “This is the starting point for good faith negotiations,” Hardy said.

  • Holden Beach board commits to playground, dock at Bridgeview Park

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach officials agreed to finish an ambitious Bridgeview Park plan by committing to spending almost $700,000 for a playground and boat dock along the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The park and dock ideas were conceived in 2012-13 by the town board that included Don Glander, Ray Lehr, Sandy Miller, Sheila Young and Dennis Harrington

  • Let’s go to the videotape … or just video

    During the Jan. 12 Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners meeting, members voted unanimously to stop their proposed multi-use path along West First Street.

    Town officials and staff had been working on the project for several months, even years, after a sidewalk on First Street was given top priority by a town survey.

  • School board approves contract with Communities In Schools

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has agreed to a contract with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County with less than five months remaining in the 2015-16 school year.

    The school board approved a contract services agreement with CIS during a finance committee meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the district’s administrative offices in Bolivia.

  • Hospital visitors get 'Wagging Welcome' from canine greeters

    BOLIVIA — It just another dog day at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

    Posted to one side off the hospital’s front lobby, Anika, a friendly Labradoodle, was available to greet any visitors who might enjoy a little canine socialization.

    Anika and her handler Pat Atwater are among human and canine volunteers who have joined the local hospital’s latest initiative, Wagging Welcome.

  • Marine with Brunswick County ties missing after helicopter crash

     A Marine with ties to Brunswick County is still missing in the waters off a Hawaiian island after a helicopter crash during a training exercise Friday, Jan. 15.

    The U.S. Coast Guard officially called off the search Wednesday, Jan. 20.

    Among the 12 missing Marines is 25-year-old Sgt. Adam Schoeller, the husband of former Brunswick County resident and West Brunswick High School graduate Samantha Wickel Schoeller.

  • Wildlife commission proposes alligator hunting season

    Brunswick County hunters typically use September as a month to prepare for North Carolina’s deer hunting rifle season that begins Oct. 18 and runs through Jan. 1.

    Now, they may have the opportunity to hunt alligators in September if the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) passes a proposal that would allow a gator hunting season in the Tar Heel State.

    The NCWRC has proposed a limited alligator hunting season after a review of current information showed the state’s alligator population had stabilized and possibly increased.