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Local News

  • Agents arrest nine people in county drug cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested nine people in the past two weeks as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

    Harold Gregg Bridges II, 46, of Jolly Roger Drive in Supply and Brandon Scott West, 26, of Genoes Point Court in Supply were arrested May 23 and each charged with conspiracy to deliver a schedule I controlled substance, possession of a schedule I controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Warrants show they conspired May 22 to deliver heroin.

  • ECU archaeology students dig history in Brunswick Town

    WINNABOW — East Carolina University summer field school archaeology students are back at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site for a third dig.

    During their first dig, students helped to excavate around an 18th century wharf that had been partially exposed in part by erosion. Last year, they excavated the base of a colonial bake oven on a rental property that helped export bread out of town.

    The site along the Cape Fear River consists of the Colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks stolen boat

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in providing information about a stolen boat.

    The boat was taken from a storage facility at 509 Bricklanding Road in Shallotte between 2 p.m. May 21 and 7:40 a.m. May 22, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756.

  • Man extradited to face fraud charges in Sunset Beach

    A 30-year-old Washington, D.C., man has been extradited to Brunswick County and charged in a fraud case in which a Sunset Beach woman was scammed of tens of thousands of dollars.

    Olanrewaju Oluwafemi Thomas, 30, of 821 21st St. in Washington, is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail. He is charged with four counts each of obtaining property by false pretense, felony conspiracy, exploiting a disabled/elderly person and accessing a computer for means of fraud.

  • Meeting on offshore drilling, seismic surveys set for June 6

    Several organizations are coming together to host a public meeting for those opposed to offshore oil drilling and seismic surveys on Tuesday, June 6, at the Northeast Regional Library in Wilmington from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

  • New state transportation map available

    A newly updated road map of North Carolina is available. The 2017-18 North Carolina State Transportation map is provided at no cost, as is funded and produced by the N.C. Department of Transportation and distributed by Visit NC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

    Maps are available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices in every part of the state. They can be ordered online at VisitNC.com/StateMap or (800) VisitNC. A full-size PDF version can be downloaded at ncdot.gov/travel/mappubs/statetransportationmap.

  • No drought or dry conditions in state

    For the first time since March 2016, all 100 of North Carolina counties are determined to be free from drought or dry conditions.

    “The recent rainfall has brought relief to the state, particularly southwestern North Carolina,” Linwood Peele, acting chairman of the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council and the state’s Water Supply Planning Branch supervisor, said in a news release. “Streams, groundwater levels and soil moisture have greatly improved and counties are now experiencing near long-term averages.”

  • County health department awarded re-accreditation

    Brunswick County’s Health Department was awarded re-accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board on May 19.

    Brunswick County’s Health Department was one of 15 in the state to receive the re-accreditation designation. The accreditation program’s purpose is to assure a basic level of capacity and services in each of the local health departments across the state.

  • Horton announces 7th Congressional District seat candidacy

    Dr. Kyle Horton announced her candidacy for North Carolina’s 7th U.S. Congressional District. In a news release, Horton said she plans to bring her experience as an internal medicine physician to the Capitol and restore caring and responsive leadership to southeastern North Carolina.

  • Brierwood Golf Club scheduled to close Thursday, June 1

    SHALLOTTE — Brierwood Golf Club was to officially close Thursday, June 1, head golf pro Joey Godley said.

    The oldest golf course community in Brunswick County, Brierwood booked its final tee times for Wednesday, May 31.

    Dr. Ben Ward built Brierwood in 1967 and the course was eventually owned and operated by descendants in the Ward family.

    Kevin Blum, who formed Blum Investment Group-Golf LLC, purchased the course in 2014. He could not be reached for comment by press time.