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  • Vandal spray-paints racial slurs, profanity on Shallotte bar building

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking for the person who spray-painted racial epithets and profanity on every exterior wall of Remedy’s Lounge early the morning of Friday, Aug. 30.

    The vandal also broke several windows and cut the wires to the television satellite at the bar on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte.

  • Two arrested, two sought in Southport armed robberies

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two people and are looking for two more in several armed robberies that happened earlier this week in Southport.

    No one was injured during the crimes.

  • Operation Medicine Cabinet coming back to Southport

     The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department has received a prescription drop box that is available to the public.

    The box was provided through a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and is sponsored by Endo Pharmaceuticals, according to a news release from the police department.

    The public can discard unwanted medications Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The box is located in the police department at 9 E. Boiling Spring Road.

  • Planning director resigns after 15 years

     Leslie Bell, Brunswick County’s planning director for 15 years, has resigned.

    After his last on the job day Friday, Aug. 30, Bell will begin at his new post in Guilford County, an area almost five times more populous than Brunswick County.

    Bell was the planning director in Brunswick County during the area’s massive growth in the mid-2000s. At the time, the county was the 14th fastest growing county in the nation.

  • Man files suit against county after son injured in game

     A Shallotte lawyer has filed suit against Brunswick County alleging its youth sports leagues encouraged an illegal and unsafe hit on his son during a game last fall.

    In addition, Richard Hollar claims the county violated its own background check policy for volunteers, citing the two coaches involved in his son’s incident who have criminal records.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis on Monday, Aug. 26, issued a preliminary injunction during a special hearing on the lawsuit, which Hollar filed Aug. 12.

  • Director gets to 'Heart of the Country' in latest book, movie and visit home

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH —John Ward is in his element.

    One minute, the Wilmington-born director is signing his autograph on a DVD copy of his new movie, “Heart of the Country,” brought last week to his family’s Ocean Isle Beach vacation house by movie extras Sharon and Dennis Spaulding of Shallotte.

    The next minute, Ward is opening the refrigerator and showing off a bowl of freshly boiled peanuts he can’t get in Los Angeles.

  • Labor Day changes meeting schedules

    Because of the Labor Day holiday, the dates of some local meetings have been adjusted.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, followed immediately by its regular public meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia.

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have its monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, followed by its monthly meeting at the usual time at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

  • Jaguar's Lair still a den of questions in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Property owners still have questions and concerns about the way the town is handling unfinished work at Jaguar’s Lair at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    On Aug. 16, Jaguar’s Lair property owner Al Heubel sent Sunset Beach Town Council an email saying infrastructure work there is moving at a snail’s pace while a tolling agreement between the town and developer Mark Saunders remains in effect.

    “Firm plans with measurable targets need to be implemented to finish Section One and start work on Section Two,” Heubel wrote.

  • SOLD OUT: Willie Nelson returns to Brunswick County tonight

    Tickets are sold out for Willie Nelson's second Brunswick County concert Monday night, Oct. 21, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The performance date marks less than a year since Nelson’s first Brunswick County show last Dec. 7 at the auditorium.

    Nelson, 80, recently unveiled his latest album, "To All The Girls," featuring duets with 18 of his favorite women, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Mavis Staples, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris.

  • Williams named to state volunteerism and community service commission

    Gov. Pat McCrory has selected Frank Williams to serve on the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

    Williams was sworn in at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    “I am honored that Gov. McCrory has chosen to appoint me to the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service,” Williams said of the appointment.