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  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to state embezzlement chargesVideo included

    BOLIVIA—For a man of so many words, Ronald Hewett had few Monday morning, when he pleaded guilty to three state charges of embezzlement by a public official.

    Hewett entered a no-contest plea to a fourth state charge—obstruction of justice.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hewett’s charges were consolidated. He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation.

  • Life inside prison walls: Trying to survive to keep the dream aliveVideo included

    “I have never seen anything like this before. It was crazy at first,” Dee Hill said of serving time in a state prison. “Besides that night [he was arrested and charged], it’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

    Events that take place inside prison walls are unlike anything he’s ever seen.

  • Victim now ‘at peace’

    As part of his plea agreement, Dee Hill cannot have any contact with the victim of the crime, Lillian Hickman. But if he had the chance to tell her anything, it would be he regrets the situation ever happened.

    “I apologize for everything,” he said.

    Hickman said since the incident, she keeps doors and windows locked and is more conscious of her surroundings.

    “There was a lot on my mind,” Hickman said. “But I’m fine now.”

  • Organization aims to take kids off the streets, out of trouble Video included

    After Dee Hill’s arrest, his mother, Brenda Hazel, was motivated to find a way to reach out to the youth of Brunswick County.

    Speak-N-Out was formed as a way for at-risk students to get involved in arts and entertainment activities while building life skills. SPEAK—Successful, Positive Expressions of Arts and Knowledge—is a nonprofit program for students ages 8-18.

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.

  • Attorney: Substance abuse treatment needed

    Ronald Hewett is on the road to recovery, and his attorney wants him to stay on that path while serving his 16-month prison sentence.

    After being sentenced in federal court Monday afternoon, Hewett’s attorney Douglas Parsons asked that U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt recommend Hewett serve his time in a federal facility in Butner, and specifically, that Hewett participate in an intense substance abuse program, “so that he may continue on the course he’s on.”

  • Shallotte planning board OKs plans for childcare center expansion

    SHALLOTTE—The planning board on Tuesday approved the site and landscaping plans for expansion of Kids Connection Child Care Center on Old Shallotte Road.

    Owners Joe and Grey Memory, along with Phil Tripp of Tripp Engineering explained that the center would be adding 5,400 square feet to the building, making room for 75 additional children.

  • Trojans don’t fumble chance at victory

    WILMINGTON—Having fumbled twice inside Ashley’s 10 in the first half, the West Brunswick Trojans got a chance to redeem themselves in the fourth quarter of their football game on a rainy Friday night at Ashley.

    Leading 14-10 and with possession of the ball at its 31 with 7 minutes, 37 seconds left, West Brunswick ran its offense the best it has all season—twice converting on fourth-and-1—to run out the clock and beat the Screaming Eagles.

    The victory improved coach Jimmy Fletcher’s team to 2-1 in the conference, 4-3 overall.

  • Perseverance propels Poole to another Street Stock title

    Were it not for a letter, Thomas Poole would have quit racing.

    Poole—who last month won his second straight Street Stock championship at Myrtle Beach Speedway—took a long time to become a championship driver. He first raced in 1999 and ran a full season in 2000.

    “I struggled big-time for five years,” he said. “I told my wife I was giving it up. I ain’t going back. It’s frustrating. Second. Second. A million seconds.”

    Track announcer Bobby Summers wouldn’t allow that to happen.

  • South Brunswick Cougars blank Whiteville, improve to 6-0

    WHITEVILLE—The unbeaten South Brunswick Cougars played another 48 minutes of inspired high school football Friday night. They ran their way to a 22-0 victory over the Whiteville Wolfpack on a rain-soaked field at Legion Stadium.

    “We played hard for 48 minutes, and that is our goal,” South coach Gordon Walters said.