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Local News

  • County to fund Maple Road improvements after flooding strands residents

    Residents living on Maple Road in Ash will receive assistance from the county for road repairs.

    Scippio Creek, which flowed under Maple Road, flooded when the county received heavy rains in June that washed out the road. 

    At its July 1 meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a budget amendment to repair the washed-out portion of the road.

    Maple Road is located in the Russtown Farms subdivision just off Russtown Road. It is not state-maintained.

  • Passion for painting

    Alton Rice wasn’t born with a paintbrush in his hand, but it didn’t take him long to pick one up. At just 9, the Union Elementary School student is showing promise as a painter.

    When Alton first signed up for Lola Jackson’s art classes last September, no one knew quite what to think. Jackson was concerned he might be too young, but encouraged his mother to let him try it.

    Alton’s mother, Melony Rice, agreed.

    “I was really surprised with the painting,” Melony said.

  • Funeral home files response to lawsuit

    Peacock-Newnam and White Funeral and Cremation Service has filed a response to a civil lawsuit filed by Jennifer Dunn.

    Dunn alleges that Peacock-Newnam Funeral Home, White Funeral Services, Gregory L. White, Delores H. White and Shawna Sanders mishandled her husband’s cremated remains by delivering them to a third party.

  • BCSO detectives charge Southport man with felony larceny

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 21-year-old Southport businessman and charged him with felony larceny following an investigation.

    Kyle Grant Pierce, of Frink Lake Drive, is charged with two counts of felony larceny, which occurred May 10 and Thursday, July 18, spokeswoman Emily Flax said. He is the owner/operator of East Coast Lawn Care of the Southport and Boiling Springs areas.

  • Have you seen Jimmy?

    The search continues for a lost dog that wandered away last month from a traveling performance group passing through Shallotte.

    The missing dog is a 3-year-old black mouth cur named Jimmy, who has been sighted numerous times since he wandered away in the Walmart parking lot.

    The family with Amusement Carnival had to move on, but local residents have continued the search for Jimmy, including Janie Withers with Paws-Ability, a local nonprofit that provides support for animal issues in Brunswick County.

  • P&W Waste Oil Services owner pleads guilty to contaminating Leland site

    P&W Waste Oil Services pleaded guilty Monday, July 15, in federal court to unlawful handling of a toxic substance at a facility in Leland.

    The facility at 10518 Royster Road NE is one-tenth of a mile east of the Cape Fear River and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife recognized wetland.

    The resulting contamination was so widespread that the Leland facility has been declared a Superfund site. Superfund is a federal environmental program established to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

  • Oak Island dumps hurricane access stickers, charges $5 for parking decal

    Oak Island residents’ red and green hurricane re-entry stickers will—like a Christmas tree—be good through the holidays, then go in the trash after the new year.

    The town had offered the stickers to taxpayers to allow them access to their property in the event of a hurricane, town manager Steve Foster said.

    As a courtesy, the town also designated the stickers to allow residents or property owners to park in spaces marked for town vehicles.

    “This allowed taxpayers preferred parking close to the beach,” Foster said.

  • New tenants, new tag Shallotte’s focus in July

    Shallotte is interested in tenants and taglines.

    The town purchased a building at 114 Wall St., across the parking lot from the town hall complex.

    The building is 3,000 square feet broken into three bays.

    After some minor renovations, the administration will offer the space for lease.

    “The ideal would be to find a prospective tenant who wants all three bays for the long term,” Mayor Sara McCullough said.

  • Logging truck overturns on Maco Road, cuts power for 10 hours

    An 18-wheel wood hauler rolled over on Maco Road in Leland early Monday evening, July 15, tearing down power lines and leaving about 270 customers without power.

    The driver of the hauler, 32-year-old Michael Dawson of Lake Waccamaw, was wearing his seat belt and climbed out through the windshield after the truck cab came to rest on the passenger’s side.

    Dawson was taken to New Hanover Medical Center by Brunswick County Emergency Services responders to be treated for cuts and bruises on his head.

  • Winnabow woman celebrates 99th birthday

    Mary Bellamy celebrated her 99th birthday Sunday, July 14, at the home of her daughter, Velva Jenkins, in Leland.

    Bellamy lives with Jenkins and is a client of Interim Healthcare, which provides a home health nurse to assist her. On Friday, Interim Healthcare brought a cake to Bellamy to celebrate a couple days early.

    “She is a very lively, vivacious lady,” Jessica Hill, Interim Healthcare area director, said.

    Bellamy said she’s a “happy old lady.” She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and chewing tobacco.