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Today's News

  • Without N.C. tax-free weekend, Brunswick shoppers to head south

    While North Carolina legislators decided 2013 would be the last year of the tax-free weekend, Brunswick County shoppers can still take advantage of the tax savings — in South Carolina.

    The sales-tax free holiday returns Aug. 1-3 but what it saves Brunswick residents in taxes it might cost them in gasoline.

    The tax holiday was signed into law in 2001 by then-Gov. Mike Easley but was eliminated as part of the Tax Reduction Act in 2013.

    The House passed the act by a vote of 77-38. The state Senate passed it by a vote of 32-17.

  • Economic development leaders receive a lesson in incentives

    LELAND — Brunswick County economic development officials learned a lesson in the changing methods to attract industry from a consultant who selects sites for them.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw invited Chris Lloyd, a consultant with McGuireWoods Consulting infrastructure and economic development, to speak to the EDC board Thursday, July 10, at the Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center.

    Lloyd said his work as a site selector more often requires him to be a site eliminator.

  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.

  • Holden Beach water lines have more than a few good years left

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town officials received good news about the lifespan of water pipes on the island and the potential cost of their upkeep.

    Shane Lippard of Right Angle Engineering provided commissioners with the results of a water system study at the July 8 town meeting.

    “We sent three pieces of pipe off for an evaluation of their condition because the manufacturer’s warranty was for 36 years, and we have reached that point,” Commissioner Dennis Harrington said.

  • Bulkhead installation to restart Holden Beach park construction

    HOLDEN BEACH — A yearlong wait for a recreation park across the street from the Holden Beach Town Hall is almost over.

    At the July 8 town board meeting, Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said the park work will begin once a bulkhead along the waterfront is completed.

    Hewett told the town commissioners the contractor hired to install the bulkhead is making headway.

    “It’s not done yet but we are pleased with the progress,” Hewett said.

  • Detectives find Supply man who was reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office have located a Supply man who was reported missing.

    David Wayne Presley, 33, was last seen at his residence on Helmsman Drive about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, according to a news release.

    He was found safe Saturday morning, July 12, near Sunset Beach, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Longwood man wanted on assault charges

    Deputies are asking for the public’s help locating a Longwood man wanted on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

    Thirty-one-year-old Justin Divon Griffin, of Marlon Road, is wanted on charges of assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing, misdemeanor child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, misdemeanor larceny and interfering with emergency communication. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in January, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Authorities search for missing Navassa teen

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing 15-year-old boy from Navassa late Tuesday afternoon, July 9.

    Antonio Demetrius Hansley is black, 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds. His top front teeth are missing, his hair is short and black and he has brown eyes.

    Authorities believe Hansley is suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, the alert said. He was last seen wearing a red and gray short sleeved T-shirt with dark shorts at 103 Village Road in Leland. He could be traveling to Wilmington and in danger.

  • Deputies make biggest heroin seizure in county history

     BOLIVIA — A high-speed chase ended with the largest heroin seizure in Brunswick County history and the arrest of a Supply man.

    On Thursday, July 10, deputies arrested 32-year-old Kevin Jermaine Hankins and charged him with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and speeding after the chase began near Leland around 3 a.m.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.