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Today's News

  • Northwest says not to landfill

    NORTHWEST—The town board voted 3-2 Monday night not to annex or rezone a 300-acre tract in northern Brunswick County that a company wanted to use for a construction and demolition landfill.

    The proposed construction and demolition landfill would have been used for demolished homes and construction debris including wood, glass or shingles, according to the project management team.

  • Board members approve special exception, rezonings

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board at the regular meeting Monday night, heard the following items:

    •Board members recommended rezoning several parcels that were tabled at the board’s Jan. 14 meeting. The five parcels board members recommend rezoning to low-density residential from commercial low density total 33 acres on Benton Road in Supply.

  • Local restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Calabash commissioners approve rezoning

    CALABASH—After much debate Tuesday, commissioners approved rezoning property off Persimmon Road from agriculture to residential.

    The 11.55-acre parcel was recommended for rezoning by the town planning and zoning board to residential (R-6), which requires a minimum 6,000-square-foot lot. Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the issue has to do with “family transfer of land.”

    Town building inspector Stanley Dills said pending subdivision changes could perhaps make R-6 detrimental based on the 25 percent impervious surface calculation.

  • Mayor appoints security advisory committee

    CAROLINA SHORES—A new eight-member security advisory committee has been formed to address protection of life and property in the town.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Steve Selby said the committee he appointed consists of six retired law enforcement residents, including himself, who have more than 100 years of combined law enforcement experience.

  • Animal shelter passes state inspection

    Brunswick County Animal Services has received an “approved” status following an inspection at the shelter last week.

    Animal services director Richard Cooper said a state inspector was impressed with the shelter’s new air conditioning units that have been installed in the dog kennel area, as well as the overall condition of the shelter, after the Feb. 6 inspection.

  • Rape crisis center to open in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County residents seeking sexual assault counseling and assistance now have a local resource that can help.

    The Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center Inc. in Wilmington is opening a Brunswick County office this week. The office is at 20 Medical Campus Drive, Suite 103 in Supply.

  • Detention officers return to work, SBI report not yet released

    BOLIVIA—Two Brunswick County Detention Officers who have been on paid administrative leave following the sudden death of an inmate in jail last month have been allowed to return to work.

    Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett said Monday detention officers Karl Scoggins and Dustin Riddle “are off paid administrative leave effective immediately.”

    Scoggins and Riddle have been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 23, when Senaca Marrell Vaught, 32, of 371 Tree Acres Drive in Calabash, died suddenly while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Man arrested on 20 drug charges, detained on $1 million bond

    LELAND—A Hampstead man has been arrested on 20 drug-related charges.

    According to arrest reports, Luis Miguel Gamboa-Gomez, 25, of 3212 Highway 210 W., has been charged with the following: 10 counts of trafficking in cocaine, two counts of manufacturing cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, four counts of sell/deliver cocaine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Lt. Mickey Smith, head of the drug enforcement unit, said the SWAT team assisted drug agents in the arrest.

  • Crime report

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

    •Property damage on Neese Circle in Leland; suspect cut victim’s window screen.

    •Larceny of a tag on Medical Campus Drive in Supply; suspect removed tag from victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Green Swamp Road in Ash; suspect removed items from victim’s property.