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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Aug. 9-15, K-9 deputies answered 11 calls, wrote two citations and made two drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies conducted a checkpoint on Big Macedonia Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Joseph William Rice, 26, of 104 Gladewood Circle, New Bern, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council votes to salvage pontoon bridge

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has approved efforts to pursue having portions of the old Intracoastal Waterway pontoon bridge moved to a future fishing pier and, if possible, stored on an adjacent 5.22-acre site being eyed for a future park.

    The unanimous vote came at a specially called meeting Aug. 12 following debate among five council members about what the future holds for the old span once it’s replaced by the new $32 million high-rise bridge slated to open this fall.

  • New bridge may be unavailable for MS Ride

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge may not be open in time for the upcoming Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach Ride slated to end for the first time in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker, speaking at a specially called town council meeting Aug. 12, said he learned through town staff an MS official has been advised the new bridge may not be available for use when the two-day ride ends Sept. 26 in Sunset Beach.

  • Revived development 'a good sign' for Calabash

    CALABASH—After months of wrangling, site preparation is finally under way at the site of the future Calabash Town Center, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons noted last week.

    “We’re proud to see that project move forward,” Clemmons said, speaking at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Aug. 10.

    Plans by Shallotte Partners call for 216 apartments or 18 three-story buildings on a 22.5-acre tract at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads. Commercial strips fronting both those roads will be developed separately.

  • New Hanover County woman sentenced as habitual felon

    A New Hanover County woman was recently sentenced as a habitual felon in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    According to a press release from the DA’s office, Christina Lesharna Grady, 31, of New Hanover County, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and habitual felon in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 16.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Grady to 60-81 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping on Gales Road in Winnabow; suspect pushed victim through a glass table.

    •Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Fourth Street in Southport; suspect took victim’s vehicle and did not return it.

    •Simple assault on Sea Pines Drive in Southport; suspect assaulted two victims.

  • Commissioners loosen UDO regulations to benefit small business growth

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved loosening some regulations outlined in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to benefit small businesses in the county.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the proposed changes to the UDO were mainly aesthetic changes such as illumination levels, lighting requirements, building façade requirements, landscape and buffering requirements and fences.

  • Commissioners OK no-wake zone in Intracoastal Waterway

    BOLIVIA—There’s a good chance boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway will have to slow down between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach after county commissioners OK’d a request for a no-wake zone along the stretch of waterway.

    On Monday, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a no-wake zone request in the waterway in front of Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club.

  • Thirteen arrested in second countywide child support roundup

    For the second time in as many months, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have conducted a countywide roundup targeting people who owe outstanding child support.

    On Thursday, Aug. 12, deputies arrested 13 suspects wanted on child support orders during the roundup from 2 p.m. to midnight, sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    In July, deputies arrested 31 suspects wanted on child support orders. The July 28 roundup ran from noon until 11 p.m. that evening, Stanley said.

  • Taxpayer watchdog group: Burr a ‘hero,’ Hagan, McIntyre ‘hostile’

    One’s a hero and the other two are just hostile—at least, according to a taxpayer watchdog group.

    According to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, North Carolina has a “hero” Senator and a “hostile” Senator when it comes to spending our money. Turns out we also have a “hostile” Congressman when it comes to spending.