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Today's News

  • Kindred Spirit gets a new bench

    SUNSET BEACH — Thanks to Tom Thomas, people penning their thoughts at the Kindred Spirit mailbox have a new place to perch.

    Monday, the 82-year-old Atlanta resident rode a bicycle down to the popular sanctuary to view a newly installed, second bench he made for the site long renowned for its notebooks.

  • Brunswick County road construction frustrates motorists

     SHALLOTTE — Many motorists may feel like the Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte areas are the current road construction capitals of the world.

    Ongoing road construction at three different locations in and around the two towns has caused significant traffic delays as the North Carolina Department of Transportation continues work a roundabout at N.C. 179 and Hale Swamp Road, in addition to other road construction projects.

  • Belville files full breach of contract lawsuit against USG

    Belville filed a full complaint July 27 in its lawsuit against Urban Smart Growth (USG), including more details in the breakdown of the partnership that was intended to create a downtown development on the Brunswick River.

    Belville officials filed the lawsuit July 7 with an extension allowing the town to file its full complaint by July 27.

    Belville and USG developer Lance Robbins signed a resolution in 2007 for a 20-year agreement to work together on a master redevelopment plan of large-scale mixed-use development constructed in multiple phases over two decades.

  • Pharmacy technician faces drug trafficking charges

    North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a  pharmacy technician who faces drug trafficking charges Monday, July 27.

    Two agents with the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit arrested Dustin Lee Holloman, 31, of Savannah Lane SW in Supply, on three felony counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance from a drug enforcement agent, a felony count of trafficking in opiates and misdemeanor possession of schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances.

  • Deputy kills wild hog that chased woman in Supply

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a wild hog after it chased a woman in Supply.

    According to a report from the sheriff’s office communications center, Brenda Powell called 911 to report the incident at her home on Stanley Road between Taft Road and Windy Ridge Trail around 7 a.m. July 18.

    Powell said a wild boar was in her yard and wouldn’t leave and had scared children at the residence and surrounding area.

    She said she had spoken with animal services and was told they couldn’t do anything.

  • McCrory addresses sheriff’s conference

     SUNSET BEACH — Gov. Pat McCrory touted his aggressive approach to drug addiction and mental health issues that are hampering the state’s criminal justice system as he addressed the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Annual Training Conference on Monday.

    The governor repeatedly said he wanted to lead from the front, spending more than an hour July 27 speaking to more than 200 people during the third day of the annual conference, from July 25 through July 29, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Belville considers cost to hire full-time engineer

    BELVILLE — Belville plans to research whether there is a benefit to hiring an in-house engineer rather than paying more to the town engineering consultant, Cavanaugh and Associates.

    Commissioners initially discussed the town’s contract with the engineering firm during the budget talks in June.

    The town has worked with the consultant on an annual contract for the past five years to handle planning, stormwater issues and most recently the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park project, Town Administrator Athina Williams said.

  • Powerball winner, boyfriend face drug charges

    The 26-year-old woman who claimed $88 million in winnings from the Powerball lottery in February was cited on drug charges during a search of her home July 23 in Shallotte.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies searched Fontella Marie Holmes’ residence on Boverie Street in the Rutledge community off Gray Bridge Road that night.

    Holmes was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • BCC students achieve goals through Project Finish Line

     SUPPLY — Several students in Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education program are only a step or two away from securing their certifications in specialized job fields.

    Thanks to a $200,000 endowment grant, those BCC students will have the opportunity to finish their course work through Project Finish Line.

  • Virginia Williamson students produce anti-bullying film

     “I wonder why people hate me. Everyone finds it easy to bully me and it’s tough. It hurts me. I hate school. Some times I hate myself because of other people hating me. I wish I felt normal like other people.”

    That’s the opening monologue of a three-minute video Virginia Williamson Elementary School students produced earlier this month as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

    Virginia Williamson physical education teacher Nick Westfall spearheaded the effort to create the film and recruited the help of 12 fifth-grade students.