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  • Mother of slain Brunswick County baby arrested

    The mother of a slain Brunswick County baby has been charged in an armed robbery and assault in Burgaw.

    Brandy Nicole Elkins, 19, of Burgaw, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 8, according to reports from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

    Elkins is the mother of Colton Richardson, a 4-month-old boy who died May 28. His father, 19-year-old Randy Lee Richardson of Shallotte, was indicted July 1 on a first-degree murder charge in the baby’s death, according to Brunswick County court records.

  • Southport man pleads in assault case

    A Southport man accused of assaulting two women during a party in July pleaded no contest to the charges he faced.

    Cody Hughes Clifton, 22, entered the plea to two counts of misdemeanor assault on a female in Brunswick County District Court on Oct. 7, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

    Judge Pauline Hankins sentenced Clifton to serve 300 days, the maximum punishment allowed by statute, in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction.

  • Carolina Shores meet-and-greet Oct. 11

    A meet-and-greet for candidates for this year’s Nov. 5 elections in Carolina Shores will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Calabash EMS building on N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), across from Ace Hardware.

    Present commissioners and the two unopposed candidates, Greg Davis and John Manning, will be present to answer any questions voters might have.

    Races this year include two commissioner seats in Carolina Shores.

  • Carolina Shores sets Nov. 7 rezoning hearing

    CAROLINA SHORES — Carolina Shores Town Commissioners have agreed to reschedule their November meeting at a later time to accommodate residents regarding a rezoning issue.

    At Monday’s monthly town workshop, board members agreed to have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 to review and discuss a recommendation to rezone the unincorporated Marlowtown Road community in the town’s extraterritorial (ETJ) area.

  • Sunset Beach approves letter to county about Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved sending a letter asking Brunswick County to investigate the possibility of taking Jaguar’s Lair out of the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

    Approval came at council’s monthly meeting Monday night. Approval was unanimous except for town councilwoman Karen Joseph, who abstained from voting because she chairs a committee that meets with Jaguar’s Lair officials about the unfinished development.

  • Fly Trap Farm offering $3,000 reward in Venus flytraps theft

    Detectives are still looking for the people who stole $65,000 in Venus flytraps from

    Fly Trap Farm in Supply sometime between 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 26.

    The thieves stole more than 10,000 of the plants, as well as some tools, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Poachers can be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor for each plant.

  • BCC signs agreement with North Carolina Wesleyan

    Brunswick Community College signed an agreement with North Carolina Wesleyan College that will help associate degree graduates pursue a bachelor’s degree.

    Through the Memorandum of Understanding, Wesleyan will offer some courses on the BCC campus. Students will have the opportunity to take online classes through Wesleyan and graduates who are at least 22 years old with a GPA of 2.0 will receive automatic acceptance into Wesleyan. 

  • BCC hires new contractor to finish Southport campus

     With the Brunswick Community College Southport center nearing completion, the board of trustees hired Barnhill Contracting Co. to finish the product.

    In a special meeting called Tuesday, Oct. 1, the board considered bids from two contracting companies, Bordeaux Construction and Barnhill Contracting Co.

  • Workers still on duty at Sunny Point

    Workers at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point near Southport are still at work, a spokesman for the military munitions terminal said Tuesday, Oct. 8.

    While the Oct. 1 federal shutdown brought picketing by civilian workers at MOTSU for the first few days last week, it has subsided, a union spokesman said.

    “All employees at Sunny Point are here and at work as of right now,” MOTSU spokesman Steve Kerr said, adding he has no further information.

    “I’m not sure how long they will continue to work,” he said.

  • Coastal group cancels rally against flood insurance rate hikes

     A rally against the recent rise in flood insurance rates has been canceled, according to Tom Thompson, chairman of the NC-20.

    NC-20, a coastal county economic development coalition, was scheduled to hold the North Carolina Rally for Repeal of the Biggert-Waters Bill on Monday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the New Bern Convention Center, but the rally was called off Oct. 9.

    Under the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, premiums are expected to rise by an average of 10 percent when flood insurance policies are renewed after Oct. 1.