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  • Deputies seek teen on rape, other charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teen facing rape and other charges.

    Hunter Joseph Lent, 18, is wanted on a charge of second-degree forcible rape, two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties. 

    Lent is described as white, 5-foot 7 and weighing 170 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Shannon Mylod at 508-7626 or 911.

  • Two men face felony charges in separate financial crime cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men June 12 on felony charges in separate financial crime cases.

    Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Unit, Financial Crimes Division, arrested 65-year-old Bruce Alan Rains of Garnercrest Road in Wilmington on seven counts each of obtaining property under false pretense and forgery of an instrument.

  • Belville Elementary gains five modular classrooms

    BOLIVIA — Five unused modular classrooms from two schools will move to Belville Elementary School.

    Sue Rutledge, chief operations officer for Brunswick County Schools, said Belville Elementary needs them to address student population growth because House Bill 13 requires class sizes of no more than 20 students for kindergarten through third grade by the 2018-19 school year.

    Three classrooms will come from South Brunswick Middle School and the remainder will come from North Brunswick High School.

  • Carolina Shores woman wants motorists to slow down

    CAROLINA SHORES — Alicia Babcock has just two words for motorists going over the speed limit in her neighborhood: Slow down.

    The Village at Calabash resident says there have always been motorists exceeding the neighborhood speed limit of 25 mph, but in the past year it’s gotten even worse.

    Last summer, two neighborhood pond ducks were killed by a speeding car, Babcock said.

  • Business owners convey concerns in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town business owners outlined concerns about a lack of support and other issues at a town council business community outreach forum last week.

    Local businesswoman Dean Nelson, president of the newly named Sunset Beach Business Guild formed to replace the former Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association, said when a private LLC took over the local farmers market last year, it “decimated the Merchants Association. We had no income flow. People no longer wanted to be part of the Merchants Association.”

  • Calabash adopts $1.2M budget for fiscal 2018-19

    CALABASH — Town commissioners last week approved a balanced $1,217,924 budget calling for a sustained ad valorem tax rate of .0875 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance outlined details at the monthly board meeting June 12.

  • Sunset Beach approves asking Iler for beach fund option for stormwater

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate, Sunset Beach Town Council approved 3-2 last week a resolution asking state Rep. Frank Iler to pursue a legislative change that will enable the town to use a portion of beach nourishment funds for stormwater expenses.

    The measure was approved at the special called 30-minute meeting June 12 by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato.

  • County fire administrator Smith receives EFO Program Certificate

    Brunswick County Fire Administrator Malcolm Smith has completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program, a four-year program from the National Fire Academy for fire officers that focuses on how to exercise leadership when addressing difficult or unique problems within communities.

    The selective program consists of four courses, each the equivalent of an upper division baccalaureate or graduate level course, completed over a four-year period as well as an Applied Research Project. Smith is one of only a few to complete the program and obtain the credential.

  • Coalition to launch its inaugural County Care Fair

    The Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC) is launching its inaugural County Care Fair, rotating between three Wal-Mart locations in Brunswick County: Monday, July 16, in Leland; Thursday, Aug. 16, in Southport; and Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Shallotte.

    The fair will take place at each location from 5 to 8 p.m. and will offer a wide range of health screenings, education and kid-friendly activities. There will also be grocery store tours and giveaways.

  • Oyster shell bagging June 27 in Sunset Beach

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation invites volunteers to help bag oyster shells Wednesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in Sunset Beach.

    Volunteers will meet at the main fire station and fill mesh bags with oyster shells to help build a living shoreline in the Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach Town Park. Volunteers will also cut, tie, lift and stack oyster bags.

    This event is best suited for adults, organized groups and supervised children 12 and older and will accommodate a wide range of physical abilities.