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Today's News

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on June 1:

    Amy Nichole Bell, 30, of 5002 Glen Cove Drive, Southport; felony obtain property false pretense, felony obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery, felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

    Steven James Bell, 30, of 2301 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 27, 28, 29 and June 1 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Geri Lynn Ashcraft, shoplifting concealment goods, Brunswick County Jail 10 days active with credit for time served.

    Phillip John Autwell, possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, voluntarily dismissed.

    Tina Ransom Avant, exceeding posted speed, prayer for judgment continued.

  • Evans, Hill West's Athletes of Year

    Three-sport athletes Mariah Evans and Ryan Hill have been selected as West Brunswick’s athletes of the year. The honors were announced last week during the Senior Awards ceremony at the school.

    Evans was a backup in basketball, averaging 1.3 points, but she contributed to several victories. She blocked eight shots, tying for third most on the team, and she had 19 steals.

    “Mariah started several times for us this year,” basketball coach James Walker said. “She is a terrific young lady. She is blessed with athleticism and quickness and speed.

  • Businesses starting to smart from delayed bridge project

    Kelly Beeler is definitely feeling the effects of a bridge project not yet finished.

    Beeler, owner of Pro Tee golf practice range on N.C. 179, said it was bad enough when a detour for bridge replacement work at Jennies Branch cut off traffic past his business at the end of November.

    But now that the project has extended past the May 15 deadline, he said it’s about to put him out of business. For the first time in his 20 years in business, Beeler has had to apply for unemployment and is struggling to support his family with a second job.

  • Post 68 beats Whiteville for first win of season

    LELAND—Randall Rabon’s home run off the scoreboard highlighted Leland Post 68’s 9-7 victory over Whiteville June 4 in an American Legion baseball game at North Brunswick High School.

    The game was the home opener for Post 68 and also was Post’s first victory of the season after two defeats.

    Ethan Cox was the winning pitcher, giving up nine hits and five runs in five innings. He walked one and struck out four. Post 68 made three errors in the first five innings and five for the nine-inning game.

  • 'Luna' now the star of her own exhibit

    I recently put in a plug for the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s albino alligator naming contest, and I’m proud to report the aquarium has opened its exhibit and named its star: Luna.

    According to the aquarium, visitors got a sneak peek at the exotic creature in March during “Scales and Tails” and immediately initiated the naming contest.

    The aquarium received 1,500 submissions both onsite and online, some from as far away as Germany and Scotland. Entries include Lilly, Allie, Pearl and Opal.

  • Existing home sales: Local agencies see increases in sales, interest

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County during April were up over the previous month as well as last year’s April sales. Some local Realtors say the market may have turned the corner, as sellers are starting to meet buyers’ prices.

    According to the latest report from the N.C. Association of Realtors, agents sold 141 homes in April, compared to 124 in March and 137 in April of 2008.

    The average cost of a home is still lower than last year—$223,328, down from $276,308.

  • Computer technology gives new meaning to radical commitment

    How many ways can I say aggravation? If I were Browning, I’d be counting and describing them with gracious poetry, but I am stuck in my aggravation.

    Admittedly, in fact with loudly vigorous admission, I am not a techie, not a computer geek, nerd, or even an informed user. My computer, I tell all, is my expensive typewriter. I have managed a degree of competence in word processing, as well as sending and receiving e-mails.

    Every once in a while, I score on an Internet search, but for the most part, I rest easy and comfortably with my limited use.

  • Acclaimed N.C. artist exhibits oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace

    CALABASH—Cary artist Nancy Hughes Miller is exhibiting her newest collection of oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace from June 1 through July 11.

    The collection consists of just fewer than 20 works depicting the seashore and wetlands of Sunset Beach, where the artist has a second home.

    Miller’s inspiration is beauty in the landscape.

    “I’m always seeking to capture a bold yet quiet impression of nature, as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon,” she says.

  • Mandatory sewer hookup requirement postponed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council has postponed voting on an amendment that would require mandatory sewer hookup for anyone applying for a building permit.

    Town attorney Michael Isenberg, speaking at Monday’s monthly council meeting, said the measure would make the town ordinance consistent with Brunswick County, provider of future sewer service for the town.

    He said the rule would apply to any type of building permits, including those for accessory buildings.