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  • Wilmington Man Charged with Murder in Brunswick County

    A Leland man is dead and a suspect from Wilmington has been arrested for his murder.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested Randy Lee Anderson, 24, of Thomas C. Jervay Loop in Wilmington, for the murder of Michael James Link, 23, of Sherwood Dr., in Leland. 

    At approximately 1:15 a.m. Monday, June 24, officers responded to a 911 call about shots fired in the Deerwood Meadows mobile home park off Mt. Misery Road in Leland.

  • Suspect sought in golf thefts

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives along with the Sunset Beach Police Department are looking for Charles Howard Peele, 38, of Pelican Roost Dr. SW in Supply.

    Peele has outstanding warrants for six counts of felony larceny, which includes nearly $18,000 in personal property, mainly golf bags and clubs. The larcenies occurred between June 14 and June 17 in the south end of Brunswick County.

  • Prince remembered on the SBHS field

    Although the school year ended June 10, hundreds of friends and family of James Prince returned to South Brunswick High School June 13 to say goodbye to the gregarious student who died June 11.

    Prince died in an apparent drowning while swimming with friends on Oak Island beach.

    “Tonight we will take a little time for people to come out and share how James touched their lives,” South Brunswick High School Principal Wayne Price said.

  • Holden Beach budget proposes water/sewer rates up, taxes steady

    Holden Beach town manager David Hewett presented a $10.25 million budget at the town board’s regular meeting in town hall June 11.

    The tax rate would remain 12.7 cents on every $100 of property valuation on a $1.2 billion tax base.

    The tax collection rate is anticipated at 96.7 percent, based on actual collection rate for fiscal year 2012.

    The budget would include a $2.4 million operating fund, $4 million water and sewer fund and $2.1 million Beach, Parks, Access and Recreation Tourism (BPART) fund.

  • County approves budget that cuts debt for capital improvement projects

    County commissioners unanimously approved the recommended 2013-14 budget at the June 17 meeting.

    County Manager Ann Hardy made only a few changes from the budget proposal presented May 20, which came down to paying for capital improvement projects as the county can afford them rather than adding more debt.

    “We are only restructuring the timing on the capital improvement plan to fund projects out of our reserves,” Hardy said. “We will have one major cultural and recreation project a year.”

  • Brunswick County sticks with staff, hires Miller as new finance director

    Brunswick County officials continue to go with the people they know to fill open staff positions.

    When Brunswick County commissioners tapped finance director Ann Hardy as their interim replacement as county manager, it left a gap in the finance office.

    Then Hardy’s hiring as county manager continued the game of musical chairs, with Julie Miller named interim finance director May 20.

    Now the county has wasted little time deciding Miller is the right choice to lead the finance office.

  • Sea Cruz sails into Ocean Isle Beach on Friday

    The season for summer concerts and movies is under way at the beach and beyond. Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Hagan and McIntyre press President on MSA

    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre have joined forces to ask the White House to reverse the recent decision by the Office of Management and Budget that moves Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) into the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA.

  • Sea Trail Corp. sold for $8.5 million

    SUNSET BEACH—Sea Trail Corp. in Sunset Beach has been sold for $8.5 million.

    Sunset Beach’s crown-jewel golf resort and convention center was sold during a bankruptcy auction June 17 to Wealth Spring Industry LLC of Wilmington, a newly formed company whose chairman is a man referred to as “Mr. Pan.” He is described as a successful investor and industrialist from China.

  • Former school board member Ray Gilbert charged with embezzlement

    A pastor and former Brunswick County board of education member was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Emily Flax, Ray Gilbert was arrested for embezzling funds from the Parent-Teacher Association at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    One count is for the amount of $1,128 and the second count is for $2,500.

    Flax said school officials alerted law enforcement.

    “We investigated and issued warrants,” Flax said.