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  • Belville Town Hall move prompts office closures schedule

    Belville officials plan to host a grand opening of the new town hall at 63 River Road at noon Sept. 16.

    Belville rents three offices in the Waterford Business Center also known by The Village Shoppes sign on the building, which is a block west of the Waterford Medical Center. Town commissioners broke ground on the town hall building Feb. 13 and town staff will begin relocating to the new building this week.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams announced the current town offices will close Thursday, Aug. 31 and Friday, Sept. 1, for the move.

  • Coast Guard searches for missing men off Oak Island

    The Coast Guard is searching for two Oak Island men reported missing Sunday night.

    Steve Chaney and David Hambrick left the South Harbor Boat Ramp in Oak Island on a black 22-foot Trophy Pro fishing boat at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup of Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs.

    Canup said the wife of one of the men called for help about 9 p.m. Sunday when they had not returned home.

  • International Coastal Clean-up Sept. 16

    The town of Holden Beach will participate in the International Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 16. Participants will be assigned a beach access or waterway park area to clean.

    If interested, call Christy at Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488 to get your beach access assignment. Supplies can be picked up Sept. 14-15.

  • Brunswick County DSS recruiting foster/adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services, at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Joint Sunset Beach meeting Aug. 31 covers stormwater

    Sunset Beach Town Council and the Sunset Beach Planning Board will hold a joint special meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in Sunset Beach Town Hall Council Chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear a presentation from the North Carolina Coastal Federation regarding stormwater practices and policies and to have a question-and-answer session with the presenter.

    Council will not take action during this meeting.

  • N.C. Education Lottery issues warning about scam emails

    The North Carolina Education Lottery is getting reports of scammers sending fake emails to people across the state. The emails claim a person has won a prize of more than $1 million in an online drawing called the Legacy Prize. The email asks for a player’s personal information to be sent to an overseas claim office.

    “Lottery scams, unfortunately, are all too common,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education, “but they can easily be avoided by looking for the warning signs.”

  • Supply man accused of breaking infant son's arm

    A Supply man is accused of breaking his 2-month-old son’s arm.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested 36-year-old Lowell Curtis Alsbury, of Robinson Park Trail, on a charge of child abuse inflicting serious physical injury Friday, Aug. 25.

    A warrant shows Alsbury deliberately assaulted the infant the day he was arrested.

    Alsbury, a registered sex offender, remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $150,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Tuesday due to approaching storm

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Tuesday, Aug. 29, due to an approaching storm system.

    The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for portions of North Carolina and South Carolina as a disturbance dubbed “Potential Tropical Cyclone 10” moves up the southeast coast. Depending on conditions, the system could develop into Tropical Storm Irma.

    Tropical-storm-force winds, 39 mph or greater, are possible within the watch area Monday night through Tuesday.

  • Bolivia woman accused of food stamp fraud

    A Bolivia woman is accused of using an electronic benefits transfer card issued to another person to buy more than $500 in items from grocery stores.

    Sheila Emmons Deans, 56, of Cypress Lakes Circle SE, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 24, and charged with seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense, four counts of forgery of endorsement and two counts of food stamp fraud, all felonies.

    Warrants show Deans used a man’s EBT card as her own and bought $519.83 in groceries from Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart between June 2013 and June 2015.

  • Leland man faces statutory rape charge

    A Leland man is accused of committing statutory rape.

    Navassa police arrested Gregory Herbert Westfield, 46, at his home in the 1500 block of Dorsey Lane on Wednesday, Aug. 23, on a charge of statutory rape/sex offense with a person older than 6 and a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show the crimes were committed against a 13-year-old between Sept. 1, 2013, and May 23, 2015.

    Westfield was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Thursday, Aug. 24, on $250,000 bail.