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  • One of two Saturday drowning victims identified

    A man who drowned on the coast of Holden Beach on Saturday has been identified.
    A Holden Beach news release identified the victim as 20-year-old Patrick A. Bass of Charlotte.
    According to the release, at 2:03 p.m. Saturday emergency responders from Holden Beach Police Department, Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the Coast Guard, Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to a reported drowning in the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West near Holden Beach Fishing Pier.

  • Weather postpones Sunset Beach Summer Concert until July 29

    The Wednesday, July 18, Sunset Beach Summer Concert featuring PaperWork has been postponed to 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Organizers do not wish to take a chance with all the thunderstorms in the area.

     

  • Elections board sends early voting matter to state again

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections sent the matter of Sunday early voting to the State Board of Elections with a split 2-2 vote, twice, on choosing a one-stop voting schedule June 19.

    Then Senate Bill 325, a state requirement to move early voting to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, and ending Friday, Nov. 2, became law.

    The bill was ratified by the legislature June 15, vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 26 then overridden by the Senate on June 27.

  • Subdivisions bring stormwater problems to Leland council

    LELAND — Leland officials will take another look at stormwater issues after hearing about recurring runoff problems in seven neighborhoods at a July 11 special meeting.

    Gary Ostby, a resident of the Parkview subdivision in Brunswick Forest, said the neighborhoods use the Mallory Creek waterway to drain retention ponds. But when the ponds are inundated, they overwhelm storm drains and flood neighborhood streets.

  • Another ferry tops county transportation priorities

    WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) approved a priority list of regional projects they are seeking to fund in the next update of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The CFRPO, which includes representatives of Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Cape Fear Council of Governments, met July 13.

    The 2020-2029 STIP identifies the transportation projects that will receive funding during that 10-year period.

  • County seeks grant for Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously agreed Monday night to apply to the North Carolina Division of Water resources for a grant to dredge an improved navigation channel at the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has only had enough funding to dredge that inlet to eight feet,” Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said.

  • Holden Beach commissioners to update CAMA land use plan

    HOLDEN BEACH— Town commissioners voted July 10 to approve an agreement between the town and the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan update.

  • Supply man wanted in S.C. bank robbery arrested in Brunswick County

    A Supply man wanted in a Little River, S.C., bank robbery was arrested July 11 in Longwood.

    Warrants show 38-year-old Anthony Wade McKeithan of Hewett Road tried to drive away from Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy Keith Bowling, who was responding to a call about a stolen vehicle.

    An Horry County, S.C., police incident report shows McKeithan went into BB&T at 1702 U.S. 17 at 4:53 p.m. July 10 when he was greeted by a bank employee.

  • Man arrested, another sought in Leland break-in

    Leland police arrested one man and are seeking another in a July 9 break-in on Skylar Court.

    Koraun Dominic Thompson, 19, was arrested July 11 at his home on Old Mill Road in Leland and charged with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny from a construction site and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Police obtained warrants for Christopher Quintezz Freeman, 20, of Main Street in Leland who is wanted on two counts each of breaking or entering and obtaining property by false pretense in the case.

  • Fifth arrest made in kidnapping, robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a fifth person in the May 29 kidnapping and robbery of an 18-year-old Supply man.

    Blake Foster Clemmons, 22, of Sonja Court in Supply was arrested July 10 and charged with two counts each of second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    An incident report shows five people robbed the man of an Apple watch worth $150, a switchblade worth $250, three grams of marijuana and a dollar bill on Chickadee Place in Shallotte. The report does not indicate whether he was injured.