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  • Rouzer uninjured in Va. train crash

    Congressman David Rouzer was not injured when a train carrying dozens of his fellow GOP House members crashed Jan. 31 into a trash truck, killing a man in the truck and injuring six other people in Virginia.

    Rouzer represents North Carolina’s 7th congressional district, which includes Brunswick County. His spokeswoman in Washington, Danielle Smotkin, confirmed Friday he was safe.

    No congress members were among the injured, according to the Associated Press

  • Makai Brewing Company brings craft beer down U.S. 17 to Brunswick County

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The craft beer brewing trend has made its way down U.S. 17 with the opening of the Makai Brewing Co. near Ocean Isle Beach.

    A host of breweries have started up in Wilmington, but Makai is only the second to come to Brunswick County. The first was Check Six Brewing Co. in Southport.

    Red Hare Brewing Co. of Marietta, Ga., announced plans for its first expansion brewery on Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Agents arrest seven men after separate drug investigations

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested seven men after two separate month-long investigations.

    Brandon McMillon Bragg, 38, of Dellwood Drive in Wilmington, is charged with selling or delivering heroin, maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Community Foundation announces new board members

    The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation announced new members:

    • Rosemarie Ryan, a St. James resident with more than 30 years of nonprofit, educational and civic service and a two-time recipient of the Old North State Award.

    • Mary Walton, an Ash resident who serves on the board of directors of the Roosevelt and Ruth Educational and Recreational Foundation.

  • Haselden elected to North Carolina Senior Games board

    Khrystye Haselden of Brunswick County has been unanimously elected as a member of the North Carolina Senior Games Inc. Board of Directors.

  • Southport man accused of trafficking cocaine

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Southport man accused of trafficking cocaine and possessing other drugs.

    Kevin Connor Kortright, 27, of Marsh Grove Lane is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Senators seek EPA audit of water contaminant testing

    GenX tests taken in the last two weeks of 2017 showed contaminants dropped to levels reported before The Chemours Co. reported an Oct. 6 spill to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

    Chemours was first found discharging GenX from its Fayetteville Works facility into the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, in June 2017

  • Three men arrested, one sought in Lumberton bank robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted other law enforcement agencies in looking for four Whiteville men who robbed a Lumberton bank Jan. 23. No one was injured.

    Three have been arrested and charged in the crime, while a fourth remains at large.

    Daquan Pridgen, 26, of Memory Twin Circle was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Sunday at the FBI office in Fayetteville and taken to the Columbus County Detention Center.

  • Supply man accused of stealing copper wire from BEMC

    A Supply man is accused of stealing more than $2,000 in copper wire from Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.  

    Dustin Brent Hair, 24, of Lake Paula Drive was arrested Jan. 24 and charged with felony larceny, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense and breaking or entering a motor vehicle, as well as misdemeanor first-degree trespassing and injury to real property.

    Warrants show Hair jumped over a chain-link fence and broke into a BEMC truck at 795 Ocean Highway in Supply between Jan. 17 and 18 to steal $2,172.11 in copper wire.

  • H2GO board reduces water contaminant testing

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District H2GO board returned to H2GO offices for its Jan. 25 meeting after two months of meeting in the Leland Middle School cafeteria.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Lock ruled Dec. 13 to uphold a temporary restraining order freezing the conveyance of the water and sewer system and its real and personal property to Belville and any action on building the reverse osmosis plant at least through January, so the new board handled day to day business during its first meeting of 2018.