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  • Calabash man accused of sex crimes against 2 children

    A Calabash man is accused committing sex crimes against two children.

    Mark William Bunte, 58, of Cobbler Circle was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child 15 or younger.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between Sept. 25 and Sunday.

    Bunte remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $900,000 bail.

  • Holden Beach decal policy raises hurricane repair concerns

    When Robin Tice Haines of Jamestown needed to repair a window broken by Hurricane Florence at her Holden Beach residence Sept. 19, police allowed her to cross the bridge but stopped the contractors who accompanied her.

    The reason? They had no decal on their vehicle.

    “They had their materials and the whole bit ready to go, but they (police) wouldn’t allow them to just follow me, and instead I had to go back across the bridge and stuffed it into my car, that little Honda CRV,” Haines said.

  • Brunswick County Schools announce employees of the year

    Brunswick County Schools announced their employees of the year.

    Dr. Rick Hessman of Bolivia Elementary School is principal of the year, and Claire Herrington, a third-grade science teacher at Southport Elementary School, is teacher of the year.

    Rookie of the year went to Natalie Gavitt, who’s an Exceptional Children teacher at Shallotte Middle School, and nurse Melissa Pittman at Cedar Grove Middle School was named instructional support staff of the year.

  • Texas woman accused of stealing mail, possessing drugs

    A Galveston, Texas woman is accused of stealing mail and possessing drugs in Brunswick County.

    Amanda Salas, 39, of Gulf Freeway was arrested Oct. 12 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, six counts of misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Shallotte teen accused of stealing firearms, other items

    A Shallotte teen is accused stealing firearms and other items from a building in Supply.

    Carlos Reyes, 18, of Pine Lake Drive was arrested Oct. 9 and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

  • Man accused of altering court documents, threatening deputy

    An Evansville, Ind., man is accused of altering a court document, stealing a public record and threatening a deputy.  

    Andrew Leach, 31, of North Greenriver Road, was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with altering court documents, misdemeanor larceny of a public record and misdemeanor communicating threats.

  • Greene County women give back to Bolivia Elementary School

    On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit the mostly empty Greene County Middle School in Snow Hill, leaving significant damage in its wake. Some classrooms looked as normal as they had before the tornado, Snow Hill resident Jessica Byrd said, while the others were rubble.

    “Greene County is a small county, it’s a rural county, and a lot of times we get overlooked,” she said.

    But in this instance, many people came together to bring relief. It’s something Byrd said she’s never forgotten.

  • Oak Island mayor’s son arrested on child pornography charges

    Deputies arrested the son of Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure on child pornography charges Oct. 12.

    Justin Adam Brochure 36, of Maple Tree Drive in Leland remains at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where he was booked Friday, on $50,000 bail reduced from $2 million bail.

    The Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s office confirmed the reduction in bail but could not provide an explanation for it.

    A court document shows Brochure was arrested on a pretrial release violation. He had been ordered not to have contact with anyone younger than 18.

  • Bolivia man arrested in shooting

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bolivia man in a Monday shooting.

    Patrick Noah Mitchell, 23, of Alendale Place was wanted on a charge of discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, according to a Facebook post.

    An incident report shows the shooting happened about 5:45 p.m. at the end of Adelaide Drive. It identifies the victims as a 17-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man who were in a green 1997 Mazda 4S, but it is unclear whether either was injured.

  • Longtime volunteer reflects on NC Oyster Festival’s growth

    Tori Humphrey of Sunset Beach can remember enjoying oysters and the local flair at the very first oyster festivals in Brunswick County.
    Started in 1978 at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport, the festival has called the lot next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina home since 2001.

    “It’s been in that same spot, and it trulyfeelsfestively … like a lot of homeowners and people will actually come down for the weekend,” Humphrey said. “It’s a really nice weekend.”