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  • UPDATE: Missing juvenile found

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has issued an update regarding an overnight alert for a missing juvenile.

    Fifteen-year-old DaMonte Batts of Wilmington has been found safe in Leland, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said Tuesday afternoon. 

  • Bolivia woman faces drug charges after traffic stop

    A 40-year-old Bolivia woman faces several drug charges after a traffic stop on U.S. 17 near Calabash on Thursday, Oct. 24.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force arrested Sherry Marie Gilbert, of Clemmons Road SE, who is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of trafficking in cocaine.

    Neighbors’ complaints prompted the investigation, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Detectives search for tool thieves

    Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those who stole a lot of tools from the Lowe’s Home Improvement stores in Southport and Wilmington on Sept. 19, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday.

    Anyone who might recognize the thieves or their vehicle, thought to be a Toyota Yaris, in the photos or has information is asked to call sheriff’s Detective Holly Locklear at (910) 880-4950.

  • Small fire prompts brief South Brunswick High evacuation

    A small fire in the boiler room outside the South Brunswick High School cafeteria was quickly extinguished Thursday, Oct. 24.

    Shortly after the fire was put out, students were back in class in the afternoon, according to a Brunswick County Schools news release.

    Following standard emergency management protocol, all students were evacuated to the football field for about 30 minutes.

    No injuries were reported and there was no structural damage to the boiler room, according to the release.

  • Three men arrested, heroin seized in Leland after chase

    Three men were arrested and 90 bags of heroin were seized Tuesday after a brief vehicle chase that ended about 9 p.m. when deputies performed a PIT maneuver near the U.S. 74/76 overpass in Leland.

    Detectives suspected the vehicle was trafficking heroin between New Hanover and Brunswick counties, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    A PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver is a tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

  • Springing back: Abandoned dog adopted by shelter director

    SUPPLY — He’s got a fresh spring to his steps, plus all the food, water and donated treats a dog could want.

    Springer, a dog left to die earlier this year at a foreclosed home in Leland, has transformed into a fully recovered canine ambassador for the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Springer also has a new owner: Lt. Tommy Tolley, director of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services.

  • Residents told to move commercial vehicles from driveways

    “No parking” is the latest rule for owners of commercial vehicles in a Carolina Shores neighborhood.

    Marcy Thompson, who lives in a rented home in The Farm at Brunswick, said residents of the Carolina Shores neighborhood have been given 30 days to get their commercial work vehicles out of their driveways and out of sight.

    A notice regarding commercial vehicles being parked in the neighborhood was sent out Oct. 4 by Lucy Parker, community association manager, via an emailed “alert-cast.”

  • Sunset Beach candidates' forum set for Wednesday night, Oct. 23

    A Sunset Beach candidates forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 690 Sunset Blvd. in Sunset Beach.

    The forum site is in a vacant building across from Sunset Beach Town Hall at Pine View Drive.

    The event is being organized by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce community affairs committee.

    The format for this forum will include a two-minute opening statement, one minute to answer each question by each candidate in the Nov. 5 municipal races and a one-minute closing statement. 

  • Write-in meet-and-greet moved from Calabash EMS

    CALABASH — A write-in candidates’ meet-and-greet scheduled for Friday at the Calabash Volunteer EMS station has been moved to another location.

    The change was made after Troy Thorup, chairman and president of Calabash Volunteer EMS, was advised by an EMS attorney to cancel the event previously planned for Oct. 25 at the EMS building after a resident complained. The event was for Michael Herring and Carolyn Silvers, who have been campaigning as write-in candidates in the Nov. 5 town commissioners race.

  • West Brunswick High School theatre program to host "Comic Relief!"

     West Brunswick High School’s Theatre II classes will host “Comic Relief!,” a musical revue of funny performances from your favorite shows and movies, Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre on campus.

    Admission is free, but donations are accepted to support the theatre arts program.

    The theatre classes are taught by Jennifer Ann Creighton-Negron. Scenery and props were made by the art classes of Shelia Vaught and Kathy Peck.