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  • Sheriff's Office searches for missing teen

    Staff Report

    A Brunswick County teen has been missing since Sunday, May 26.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for missing 16-year-old Carla Alexis Pedrosa-Ibarra.

    Pedrosa-Ibarra reportedly went missing from her Old Mill Road in Navassa.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax, Pedrosa-Ibarra is 5-feet-2 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

    The Sheriff's Office said she is known to visit areas in Wilmington.

  • Forest fire burning in Brunswick County

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    More than 70 acres were burning in a forest fire in Brunswick County Thursday.

    The fire is located off Royal Oak Road in Supply.

    According to Mike Malcolm, a district ranger with the North Carolina Forest Service, a scout plane spotted the fire around 1:48 p.m. Thursday. More than 70 acres were involved at 3:20 p.m., Malcolm said.

    The cause is under investigation.

  • Volunteer South Brunswick football coach dies

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff writer

    Nelson Berry, a volunteer football coach for South Brunswick High School, died Saturday.

    According to South Brunswick Athletics Director Chris Roehner, Berry, affectionately known as “Pops,” was a non-faculty, volunteer coach who was approved by the board of education. He had been with the school for three years.

  • Ribbon cutting held for remodeled Holden Beach sub fire station

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Interim editor

    The day room in the Holden Beach sub fire station went from barely adequate to sublime.

    Residents who toured the remodeled facility at Thursday’s ribbon cutting were impressed.

    More importantly, making enlarged and comfortable quarters for firefighters means paid staff can man the facility during summer tourist season.

    “It’s going to give us the capabilities to have paid staff from Memorial Day to Labor Day,” Tri-Beach fire chief Doug Todd said.

  • War War II vet still active and on-the-go

    She’s 91 years young, and this is the time of year when she recalls her stint as a chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy.

    Supply resident Myrtle Hanke stays active and on-the-go. The Brookline, Mass., native is still tooling around in her car, a Boston Red Sox plate proudly sported on the front of it.

    “I’m 91 right now,” Hanke declared during a recent interview.

    “I have a sister who’s 101,” she added. “There’s a good gene in there somewhere.”

  • Sunset Beach Town Council mulls, debates budget

    SUNSET BEACH—Following debate that took up most of the day, town council has approved 4-1 incorporating a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for town employees.

    The decision came at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday.

    Along with the raise, council approved a $500-per-employee cash bonus in lieu of a 1 percent longevity (Christmas) bonus in its upcoming, estimated $5,194,600 budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, which takes effect July 1. No property tax increase is forecast.

  • Farm donates strawberries to children's home

    Billy and Katherine Ingram wanted to have their usual day to give back.

    So last Wednesday, May 22, is the day the owners of Waccamaw River Farm Nursery in Ash had folks with the Odum Home in Pembroke come out to pick strawberries.

    The Baptist children’s home provides continuing care services for children in 10 counties, including Brunswick and Columbus.

    Childcare workers, accompanied by one of the teenaged residents of the Baptist home, came out to pick berries that morning to take back to the home that night.

  • Hi-ho, Trigger: Rescued horse gets new home

    Trigger the horse now has a new home.

    Earlier this month, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services issued a request for a new home on behalf of Trigger, a 25-year-old white quarter-horse mix rescued last September from starving, “deplorable” conditions at a Brunswick County residence.

    Trigger was eventually nourished and nursed back to health by his foster mom, Laura Konigsbacher of Wilmington. But Konigsbacher could no longer care for Trigger because she had to move.

  • Two Brunswick County teens killed in separate wrecks

    Two Brunswick County teenagers have died from injuries sustained in wrecks during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    Brittany Carol Rayl, 18, of Supply died following a one-car collision around 1:30 a.m. Monday on Mount Pisgah Road north of Shallotte.

    According to Sgt. E.C. Harris with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Rayl’s 2005 Chevy Cobalt struck a mailbox, overcorrected, crossed the road and hit a tree. Speeding, drugs and alcohol did not appear to be factors. Rayl was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Korean War veteran reveals 61-year-old flag 'secret'

    By Frank Richardson

    Frank Pinkerton, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran, kept a 61-year-old secret boxed up among contents of a duffel bag he brought back to the United States after serving with the 8th Army Division.

    Now the secret’s out.

    On Saturday, May 25, Pinkerton, who was distributing Memorial Day poppies for Calabash VFW Post 7288, put his secret on display for all to see.