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  • Commissioners OK large event permit, solar farm regulations

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved Unified Development Ordinance text amendments permits for events that would host 1,000 or more attendees and for solar farms requirements at their March 19 meeting.

    The text changes provide a procedure and timetable for two categories of events: those with less than 1,000 guests and those with 1,000 or more guests.

    “As Brunswick County grows in population, the events also grow,” planning director Kirstie Dixon said. “Brunswick County has had increased requests for larger events.”

  • County fire commission to continue goals review

    The Brunswick County fire commission will meet Thursday, April 5, to review a third draft of proposed service standards and receive feedback from fire commission members.

  • Sunset Beach officers lauded for arrest of restaurant robber

    SUNSET BEACH — Four Sunset Beach police officers merited a standing ovation and accolades Monday night for their efforts that led to the arrest this year of an armed robber at a local restaurant last year.

    Officers Colby Bean and Chris Smith and detectives Stan Gurganus and Jared Cox were recognized by Chief Ken Klamar and Assistant Chief Joe Smith at the start of the April 2 meeting.

  • School cafeterias earn Platinum ‘A’ Award status

    SHALLOTTE —Brunswick County school cafeterias are among the crème de la crème of the county’s cleanest eating establishments.

    The Brunswick County Health Department hosted an awards ceremony March 26 at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to recognize the achievements of food service establishments in the county.

  • Bail set at $1M for Shallotte man facing cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held on $1 million bail on cocaine charges.

    Covia Dzell Smith, 44, of Hale Swamp Road was arrested March 22 and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two counts of selling or delivering cocaine.

    Warrants show Smith sold 3.4 grams of cocaine to an unidentified person June 1 and sold 7.8 grams to an unidentified person June 20.

    Smith remains at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Man wanted by Shallotte police arrested on habitual larceny charges

    A man wanted by Shallotte police on felony charges is in custody.

    Charles Jeffrey Jenkins, 41, was wanted by Shallotte police on two counts of habitual larceny, according to a department Facebook post.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Jenkins was arrested the morning of April 2. He remains there on $150,000 bail.

  • Sheriff’s office conducts ‘Throw Back In Jail Thursday’ roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug roundup, dubbed “Operation: Throw Back In Jail Thursday” on March 29.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said one search yielded six ounces of cocaine, a handgun and $4,200 in cash.

    More than 60 people were to be rounded up in the operation, with about 30 having been arrested during the past month, Flax said.

  • Leland man faces attempted arson charge

    Leland police arrested a man accused of setting a fire inside a residence after a domestic dispute Monday. No one was injured.

    Antonial L’Mark White Jr., 24, of Oak Lane is charged with attempted second-degree arson, burning personal property and misdemeanor injury to property.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said White set clothing on fire inside a closet at an Oak Lane residence about 5 p.m.

    White remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $150,000 bail.

  • Commercial watermen recover 3,496 lost crab pots from coastal waters

    Seventy-six commercial watermen worked throughout the coast of North Carolina in January to collect 3,496 lost crab pots as part of a statewide marine debris removal effort to prevent hazards for people and wildlife.

    The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is led by the North Carolina Coastal Federation with $100,000 from the North Carolina General Assembly.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant April 11

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, April 11, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly.

    This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.