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  • Former ADA pleads down to misdemeanor

    Former Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley has agreed to a plea arrangement to avoid felony charges.

    Kelley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misprision of felony in Brunswick County Superior Court May 9. Misprision of a felony is failing to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities.

    She was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 20, 2012, with former District Attorney Rex Gore.

    The Attorney General’s office handled the prosecution of Gore and Kelley.

  • OIB board scales back on portable restrooms

    Ocean Isle Beach bathrooms should come and go in the summer like the tourists, according to residents.

    At the OIB town meeting Tuesday morning, smaller and temporary facilities were preferred to larger and permanent toilets.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said town staff looked at plans for either a stick-built facility or a portable trailer-type restroom, similar to the facility on Sunset Beach.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham asked how many bathrooms Sunset Beach’s restroom trailer included.

  • Lakewood breaking-and-entering suspect arrested

    Jacob Tyler Cortes, 17, of Styron’s Landing Road, Supply, who was wanted by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators, was arrested May 8.

    BCSO officers were searching for Cortes in connection with several breaking-and-enterings and larcenies that took place April 23 in Shallotte off Green Heron Drive in the Lakewood area.

    Cortes was charged with two felony counts of breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle, one felony count of breaking-and-entering and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

  • Arrest in Shallotte leads to cocaine trafficking conviction

    A Myrtle Beach man arrested last year in Shallotte was convicted of cocaine trafficking May 8.

    Tristan Jaymar McNeil, 27 of Halyard Way, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was convicted in Brunswick County Superior Court for trafficking in cocaine.

    McNeil was arrested Feb. 4, 2012, at a motor-vehicle violation checking station conducted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Traffic Unit in Shallotte. 

  • Search suspended for suspected drowning victim

    A 21-year old vacationer from Ohio is suspected to have drowned in Lockwood Folly Inlet off Holden Beach Tuesday night.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said the victim was with a church group from the Columbus area that brought more than 300 visitors to the island this week.

    “It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” he said.

    Layne informed town officials during Tuesday night’s town meeting emergency services began searching for the swimmer around 5:30 p.m.

  • Sunset Beach celebrates 50th with weekend beach party

    Fiftieth-anniversary partying continues in Sunset Beach, where a beach bash is planned near the island gazebo this weekend.

    The town of Sunset Beach was incorporated on March 26, 1963.

    In addition to a reception at Sea Trail this past March, the town has scheduled a golden-anniversary beach party that will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on the beach at the island gazebo (if it rains, the party will take place Sunday, May 19).

    The public is invited to festivities that will include D.J. music and food catered by Jerome’s.

  • Budget, administrator on Sunset Beach work agenda

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the town hall conference room.

    Council will discuss the proposed 2013-2014 budget.

    Council is also scheduled to discuss determining what traits, characteristics, skills, education, experience and special qualifications are desired in the next town administrator. 

  • Brunswick sheriff has a new son

    Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram and his wife Michelle are parents of a newborn son.

    The baby, named Tison, was born Monday, May 13, at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Ingram’s dad, Billy, said Tuesday.

    All are doing well, and the baby is “beautiful like his grandfather,” Billy Ingram said.

    The new baby is Sheriff Ingram’s fourth son.

  • Deputies to speak at Calabash meeting

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are scheduled to speak at the Calabash town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. May 14 at Calabash Town Hall on Persimmon Road.

    Deputies will be on hand to answer questions from citizens about law enforcement in the town.

  • Beach Boys tickets catching fast wave

    Tickets are selling briskly for The Beach Boys' upcoming debut concert in Brunswick County.

    Tickets for the Aug. 29 concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College went on sale Monday.

    Auditorium manager Mike Sapp said Tuesday there were only about six remaining VIP tickets, but otherwise still plenty of really good tickets available for the upcoming performance featuring Beach Boys veterans Mike Love and Bruce Johnston.

    Sapp is anticipating a concert sell-out and advises buying tickets now.