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  • Mercado reaches goal in unlikely way

    By Michael Paul

    Sports Editor

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Divina Mercado signed a letter of intent June 8 to attend Chowan University and play lacrosse.

    The scene was unimaginable four years ago.

    “I honestly thought I would more than likely be going to college to play basketball,” Mercado said.

    “But, things happened.”

  • Edmunds leads race for re-election in primary

    The four-way race for the North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice seat that was the only item on the Brunswick County ballot June 7 leaned heavily toward the incumbent at press time Tuesday.

    With 17 of 26 precincts reporting, Judge Robert H. “Bob” Edmunds had 56.19 percent of the 2,266 ballots reported.

    Edmunds ran for re-election against Michael R. “Mike” Morgan, Daniel Robertson and Sabra Jean Faires.

    Morgan had 748 votes for 33.07 percent of the vote, but trailed Edmunds by 523 votes.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 27

    Injury to personal property; someone damaged the victim’s vehicle parked on Orleans Street.

    May 28

    Troy Allen Ford was arrested on the charge of larceny by employee.

    Deandrez Tyrik Robbins was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed gun.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 27

    Larceny; someone pushed a shopping cart containing two air conditioning units worth $474 out of Wal-Mart without paying for them.

    Larceny; someone concealed a two-way radio worth $79 in his pants and left Wal-Mart without paying for it.

    May 28

    Larceny of baby formula worth $184.59 from Wal-Mart.

  • Commissioners to decide on farmers markets/farm stand rules

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a Unified Development Ordinance amendment to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands Monday night, but will decide on whether to make the changes at their July 18 meeting.

    Following a public hearing on the text change, commissioners Marty Cooke, Pat Sykes and Randy Thompson each expressed concerns they said would keep them from voting for the amendment.

  • Supply man accused of punching deputy

    A Supply man is accused of punching a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

    Someone called 911 to report a drunk driver on Sword Street in Supply on Friday night, June 3, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. A deputy found 64-year-old Terry D. Sossamon, of Ocean Boulevard West, driving a golf cart and pulled him over.

    Sossamon refused to follow the deputy’s commands before trying to step away from him and punched him in the chest, Flax said.

  • Argument at Lincoln Elementary leads to gunfire, two arrests

    An argument between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland led to gunfire off campus and the arrest of a Delco couple Friday, June 3.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the school’s resource officer, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bradley Huggins, and staff intervened until those involved in the argument left campus.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in April, down from 6.7 percent in March.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate has also improved, as the April 2015 rate was 6.6 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.0 percent in April.

  • Back in Brunswick Town

    BRUNSWICK TOWN — East Carolina University’s anthropology school has found a gem in the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, returning for a second year to run a summer field school that’s digging into Brunswick County’s history.

    The historic site along the Cape Fear River includes the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

  • Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue on probation

    Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department Inc. is on probation after a surprise inspection May 10 by the North Carolina Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’s Office.

    David Summey, supervisor of inspections at NCDOI, told the department in a May 17 letter it did not meet minimum response requirements and it would be given 12 months to meet them or its insurance rating would be changed from a 6 to a 10.