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Today's News

  • Two arrested on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people May 5 who are accused of using social media to solicit prostitution.

    Hazel Christine Murray, 26, of High Point, and Michael Wayne Boyles, 31, of Thomasville each face a felony charge of promoting prostitution in advance. Boyles also is charged with human trafficking an adult victim.

    A warrant shows the two used social media to solicit another person for prostitution and Boyles held a person for trafficking sometime between May 3 and 4.

  • Sunset Beach woman accused of hiding man from deputies

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman Sunday, May 8, accused of helping a Calabash man avoid deputies by hiding him in the trunk of her car.

    Alexandra Grammen, 26, of Medcalf Drive SW, is charged with harboring or aiding certain persons and resisting a public officer.

    Warrants show of Grammen was hiding 29-year-old Ryan Patrick Ridge, of Bullrush Court, who was wanted on a felony probation violation stemming from heroin-related charges he faced last June, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • OIB public hearing, budget presentation set for June

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed the town should upgrade requirements for natural canal bulkheads.

    “This proposal limits (the ordinance) to two types of bulkhead: vinyl or Redi-Rock,” Mayor Debbie Smith said during the town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, May 10.

    Wooden bulkheads were once the norm, but new engineering design standards considered for the town ordinance call for either vinyl or Redi-Rock bulkheads.

  • Two workers injured in gas station fire

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said two petroleum company maintenance workers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after a flash fire at a gas station in Leland on Monday afternoon.

    Garner said the workers, a man and a woman, were injured while doing some work on pumps at the Circle K at 7806 Ocean Highway E. a few minutes after 5 p.m. Monday, May 9.

    EMS personnel took them to an area hospital for treatment, but their identities and conditions were not available, Garner said.

  • Leland officials review $9.5M budget

    LELAND — The Leland town board’s latest workshop May 4 led to serious discussion of a tax rate increase to balance the budget, provide additional employees and pay for capital improvement priorities.

    At a budget workshop in March, Town Manager David Hollis presented board members with an anticipated budget of about $9.5 million for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16. But the predicted revenues for the next fiscal year are estimated at $8.8 million.

    The budget increase comes with the intent to add police and public works staff.

  • Supply man charged in thefts, break-ins

    A Supply man is charged in a series of thefts and break-ins that began last December.

    James Earl Clemmons III, 19, of Littlefield Road, was arrested May 2 and charged with breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking and entering and four counts of larceny of a firearm.

    According to warrants, Clemmons stole a .44-caliber pistol Dec. 12, 2015, and stole a 12-gauge Remington shotgun from a 2006 Nissan Titan owned by his father and a .20-gauge Remington shotgun Jan. 4.

  • Officials celebrate first phase of Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park

    BELVILLE — An estimated crowd of more than 500 visitors to the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park attended the official opening of the park trail and fishing pier Saturday, May 7.

    “This is a special ceremony we’ve been waiting over two years for,” Belville Mayor Mike Allen said. “What we hoped for was a great turnout to see the park, because it’s yours.”

  • If one is this good, two will be better

    I have been sitting in on meetings for much of 2016 listening to budget discussions, funding issues and economic development needs.

    A lot of the factoids I pick up rummage around in the back of my mind, bumping into each other.

    Occasionally a few of these issues collide and stick together to provide me with some inspiration.

  • Election board sends county commissioner primary protest to state

    BOLIVIA — The state elections board will consider Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The three-member Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to send the protest to the state level after a more than two-hour hearing that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the board’s office.

  • Planning board OKs farmers markets/farm stands changes

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Planning Board unanimously approved recommending text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance designed to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands.

    With the planning board’s approval, the farmers’ market/farm stand amendments will receive a public hearing at the county commissioners’ June 6 meting.