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Today's News

  • Fire fees concern raised in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioner Gere Dale is among officials in southern Brunswick County concerned about a possible fire fee hike.

    At the town board of commissioners monthly meeting last Thursday, April 12, Dale distributed information from the county on fire fees that he said raises concern about what the county plans to do.

    “I was very upset when I read this exhibit,” he said, handing out copies of the information to fellow board members.

  • Leland, H2GO file joint charges against Belville in lawsuit

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Lawyers for Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO filed an amended complaint April 5 making them both plaintiffs fighting Belville’s ownership of H2GO’s assets.

    The new filing followed Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock’s March 9 decision to allow H2GO to join Leland in the lawsuit to stop Belville from receiving H2GO’s assets and moving to build a reverse osmosis plant.

  • Alligator hunt application period extended to June 1

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted rules for limited alligator hunting Feb. 28 for a 2018-19 alligator season that will take effect Aug. 1.

    Now anyone who wants to participate has an extra month to submit an application, until June 1, 2018.

    The commission created an alligator task force to create a North Carolina Alligator Management Plan, which was approved last October.

  • Deputies seek man in Shallotte robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of robbing three people in Shallotte.

    Hamilton John Ortiz Bones, 39, is wanted on charges of first-degree burglary and two counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny from the person, larceny after breaking and entering and assault by pointing a gun, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    An incident report shows two men robbed three people, including a 16-year-old girl, after 11 p.m. April 11 at 3005 High Meadows Drive. No one was injured.

  • Robber uses 2x4s to steal $140 from man in Leland

    Someone used 2x4s to rob a man of $140 in cash at Tommy’s Mini Mart in Leland on April 14.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, which labels the case as an aggravated assault and robbery, shows it happened after 6 p.m. at the store, 3280 Mount Misery Road.

    The victim, a 59-year-old man, was not taken to a medical center for treatment, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    No description of the robber was available.

  • Settlement reached over improper billing for portable oxygen

    Attorney General Josh Stein announced North Carolina will receive $43,671.23 as part of a $9.95 million settlement with Rotech Healthcare Inc., a Florida-based respiratory equipment supplier. This settlement comes in response to allegations that Rotech knowingly submitted false claims for portable oxygen contents to Medicaid and Medicare.

  • Leland man indicted on federal firearms charges

    A federal grand jury indicted a Leland man on possession of ammunition as a prohibited person and two counts of providing a false statement in connection with purchasing a firearm.

    Howard Joseph Burchfield, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison for each count if convicted, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release issued Wednesday.

  • BCC resolves problem identified in state audit

    Brunswick Community College has resolved the problem identified in an Office of the State Auditorreport released April 6 that showed the college did not report in a timely manner changes to its number of students who receive federal financial assistance.

    BCC gave $2.2 million in federal aid to 670 of its students the year ending June 30, 2017, with the audit testing a sample of 120 students who changed enrollment while under the federal aid program.

    The report showed more than a third of the students weren’t reported properly.

  • Boys and Girls Homes open houses, foster parenting classes

    The Boys and Girls Homes of NC will have open houses April 23 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Supply Baptist Church at 88 Ocean Highway E. in Supply to share information, answer questions and allow people to meet staff.

    Foster parent classes will start April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. for those interested. There is a great need for foster parents in Brunswick County. The Boys and Girls Homes of NC receive many calls from the Department of Social Services, but do not always have the homes to place children.

  • Shallotte man sought in Sunset Beach break-in arrested in S.C.

    A Shallotte man wanted in a Sunset Beach break-in was arrested April 13 in Little River, S.C.

    Sunset Beach police charged 24-year-old Antaun Linear Miller, 24, of Forest Drive with breaking and entering, larceny, safecracking and injury to real property in an April 12 break-in on Cotton Mill Court in Sea Trail.

    Someone broke in through a back window and stole several items around lunchtime when no one was home, according to an incident report. Some evidence was left behind and arrest warrants were issued the next day.