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  • HOA-POA reform group drawing momentum

    A nonprofit group pushing for homeowners and property owners association reform in the state legislature is gaining momentum, an organizer says.

    Since forming two years ago, Homeowners for Education Advocacy & Rights (HEAR4NC) has expanded its advisory board and garnered the interest of Realtors, group organizer Ole Madsen said.

    HEAR’S next meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. at 795 U.S. 17, Shallotte.

  • Carolina Shores residents speak out for recycling employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Several residents have spoken out on behalf of an employee at the town recycling center.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting Jan. 9, resident Frances Dibono questioned the actions of town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon. She said residents are also upset about recent treatment of town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin.

  • Bill Cosby coming to Brunswick Community College on April 6

    Bill Cosby is coming to Brunswick Community College — on Sunday, April 6, to be precise.

    Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. next Friday, Jan. 24, for the rare appearance at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium by the famous comedian.

    One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Cosby’s comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers. He has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic

  • Carolina Shores couple warned to pay POA dues

    CAROLINA SHORES — A Carolina Shores couple stands to lose their home for not paying their Property Owners Association dues.

    Gere and Marge Dale have received letters from a Carolina Shores POA attorney stating they must pay dues or face action.

    Gere Dale, a former town commissioner, said he has not paid an estimated $1,235 in POA dues on the couple’s home for the past four years because he objects to the way the POA has not provided financial information on a legal matter.

  • Security malfunction at nuclear plant causes concern

     A minor security malfunction at Duke Energy Nuclear Plant in Southport has officials conducting an investigation of the facility, a Duke Energy spokeswoman said.

    Officials are trying to determine how a security barrier came up from the ground Jan. 9 without being activated by authorized personnel on the property, Duke Energy spokeswoman Amy Strecker said. The barrier is a security measure that extends from the ground to prevent unauthorized vehicle entry into secured areas.

  • Teen accused of kidnapping grandfather arrested in Leland

     A New Hanover County teen accused of kidnapping his grandfather was arrested in Leland on Jan. 5.

    Tyler Garrison Balcombe, 18, asked his grandfather, Robert Covil, 66, for a ride to pick up a friend in the Castle Hayne area, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

    New Hanover County Sgt. Jerry Brewer said Balcombe became agitated when he couldn’t find his friend and Covil became concerned.

  • Police search for shooting suspect

     Police are looking for a suspect in a Navassa shooting that sent one man to the hospital Jan. 8.

    Anthony Anderson, 19, of Navassa, is suspected of shooting of Tyson McMillan, 19, in the back on a path between Water and Main streets. Investigators believe Anderson and McMillan got into an argument before the shooting took place.

    McMillan was rushed to the hospital and immediately taken into surgery. Police say McMillan is expected to recover fully.

    Police consider Anderson armed and dangerous.

  • New charter school to open in Brunswick County in August

     BOLIVIA — With one charter school already in operation in Brunswick County, the second one is on its way after the state board of education approved the public charter Jan. 9.

    The state board approved 26 new charters across the Tar Heel State, including the South Brunswick Charter, which will be in a central location close to Supply, said Barbara Jones, coordinator of community relations for Roger Bacon Academy.

  • Rate Bureau seeks 35 percent increase in homeowners insurance rates

     Homeowners insurance rates could increase by as much as 35 percent in parts of Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in the late afternoon of Jan. 3.

    The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the Department of Insurance and represents all companies writing homeowners insurance in the state, has requested a statewide average rate increase of 25.3 percent, varying by territory, with a requested effective date of Aug. 1.

  • Attorney says officer acted appropriately in teen’s death

     The lawyer representing Bryon Vassey, a Southport police officer who shot and killed Keith Vidal, a schizophrenic 18-year-old, said his client was protecting another officer who was “struggling for his life” during an incident inside Vidal’s Boiling Spring Lakes home Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5.

    James Payne, Vassey’s lawyer, said Officer John Thomas of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department was “fighting for his life” during a struggle with Vidal, who had a weapon.