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  • Former school board member convicted of embezzlement

    Former Brunswick County Board of Education member Raymond Carl Gilbert will serve three years probation after he was convicted Friday of two felony counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.

    Gilbert, 50, of Ash was arrested in June 2013 amid accusations he stole $1,128 sometime between Nov. 1, 2011, and June 3, 2012, and $2,500 sometime between July 1, 2012, and June 20, 2013, from the Parent Teacher Association at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash. He was indicted on the two charges July 20, 2015.

  • Navassa hosts 36th anniversary Homecoming weekend

    Navassa hosts its 36th Homecoming weekend with events Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 6-8.

    Navassa is a town with a population just below 2,000, but the annual homecoming can attract more than 5,000 people during the three-day event including residents, visitors from the surrounding area people with ties to the predominantly an African-American community returning to see family and friends.

  • County master-planned communities make retirement magazine’s top 50

    Brunswick Forest in Leland and St. James Plantation made the list of top 50 master-planned communities for retirees across the United States, again, according to Where to Retire magazine.

    Where to Retire editor Annette Fuller said the two Brunswick County neighborhoods each made the list, which is re-evaluated every other year and published in their July-August edition for the fifth consecutive time, previously appearing in the magazine in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

  • Leland approves fire service agreement, budget

    LELAND — Town council members took the last step, short of receiving state approval, to merge the Leland Volunteer/Fire Rescue Department into a town department at a June 28 special budget meeting where they also approved the town budget.

    Leland made an offer of intent March 1 to the LVFRD board to acquire the department.

  • County officials open sheriff’s office firing range

    SUPPLY — Brunswick County commissioners Pat Sykes, Marty Cooke and Randy Thompson joined Sheriff John Ingram to recognize the opening of the $2.1 million sheriff’s office outdoor firing range Thursday.

    Commissioners approved the outdoor firing range Feb. 15, 2016, selecting the lowest of five bidders, L.M. McLamb and Son Construction Co., to build the facility for $2,148,293.

  • Felon wanted in county break-ins captured

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man June 28 who was wanted in two break-ins.

    Corbet McLean, 30, of Winfree Way is charged with larceny of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, two each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

  • Oak Island police seek man who tried to steal vehicle

    Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help to find the man who tried to steal an occupied vehicle Saturday.

    The man is described as a white, 5-foot 8 to 5-foot 9 and weighing about 155 pounds with brown hair, a goatee and blue eyes.

    Police provided no other information about the crime.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 278-5595 or 911.

  • Shallotte man accused of having cocaine in his home

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man accused of having cocaine in his home.

    Gregory Franklin James, 50, of Meadowlark Lane was arrested June 27 and charged with two counts each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show James had a half a gram of cocaine in a baggy he intended to sell from his home March 8.

  • New businesses, construction spring up in time for summer

    New businesses are springing up throughout Brunswick County this summer.

    The county’s first Zaxby’s opened July 3 at 4736 Main St. in Shallotte, the former location of The Grille and Hardees’s.

    Dan, Starke and Daniel Ward are owners of five Zaxby’s restaurants, but their first to open in Brunswick County is also their first to open in North Carolina.

    The Wards own other locations in Lexington County and Manning, S.C.

  • Legislature approves Brunswick County fire fee rate increase

    Several Brunswick County fire departments will see six-figure increases in the fire fees they receive after the General Assembly passed N.C. House Bill 445, approving Brunswick County’s plan for a 25-percent increase in fire fees, on Friday.

    Leland will see an increase of more than $500,000 for a $2.47 million budget when the Leland Volunteer/Fire Rescue Department merger with the town is completed.

    Tri-Beach will receive $1.42 million for the 2018 budget with $275,000 more collected from fire fees.