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  • Town officials—past and present—break ground on new Leland Town Hall

    LELAND—Though it’s only 23 years old, the town of Leland is about to move into its second official home.

    Town officials—past and present—gathered last Friday, June 29, behind the town’s current town hall, to break ground on a new $9.9 million town hall.

    The 44,000-square-foot, two-story facility will house the town’s administration and police departments. Town hall will also feature a 3,000-square-foot council chambers, with room for 175 people to attend town meetings.

  • Leland man charged with illegally transporting, disposing contaminated oil

    U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker recently announced a federal grand jury has returned a 19-count criminal indictment on Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. of Leland.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the indictments charge Pass with offenses surrounding unlawful transportation, storage and disposal of contaminated oil, a violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

    “We must be ever vigilant in the protection of our precious environment.  This prosecution demonstrates that commitment,” Walker said.

  • Man defrauds with fake child cancer story


    SHALLOTTE—His story pulled on the heartstrings, getting people to open their purse strings.

    According to Shallotte detective Ed Marti, Jeremy Craig Stanley, 36, of 1657 Stanley Cove Way, Shallotte, was going around town asking people to give donations to a 3-year-old child with cancer.

    Stanley claimed to be working with Open Door Ministries church in an effort to raise funds to help pay for a child’s medical expenses. He claimed the child had late-stage cancer.

  • Commissioners accept upset bid for old hospital; process begins again

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have accepted an upset bid for the purchase of the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    At their meeting Monday, July 2, commissioners accepted the $1,575,050 bid from Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC to purchase the former 60-bed hospital facility and the 30-plus acres on which it sits.

    Commissioners voted four votes to one to accept the bid, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Their decision now re-starts the clock on another round of upset bids.

  • GOP overrides Perdue’s budget veto late Monday night

    RALEIGH—For the second consecutive year, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state’s budget crafted by the Republican-led legislature.

    And for the second consecutive year, the Republican majority was able to secure enough votes to override her veto.

    Perdue vetoed the $20.2 billion budget Friday, June 29, and lawmakers were scheduled to vote to override her veto Monday evening, July 2. A three-fifths majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto.

  • Sunset Beach Boating Access Area opens with rescue-boat dip in waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Sunset Beach Boating Access Area is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, June 29.

    Town and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials took part in the official boat-launch opening at 101 Sunset Blvd. in the mainland-side footprint of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge. The site includes a boat ramp built by the Wildlife Resources Commission, floating dock, breakwaters, parking area and small fishing pier, available free of charge for public use.

  • Looking Back 1986-1988

    January 1986 started with the first baby of the New Year being born to Brenda Purdy of Shallotte. The baby girl, who was born at 3:53 p.m. on Jan. 1, was yet to be named.

    Front-page headlines for the month included a fire gutting the former Laten Reaves home and the announcement that filing was about to begin for sheriff and other political offices.

    Revaluation figures arrived and the county tax offices said their phones were ringing off the hook. In late January a snow flurry created excitement throughout the county.

  • Report: Blunt-force trauma killed child


    SHALLOTTE—A 3-year-old Shallotte boy was murdered on March 1 and still no one has been charged for his death.

    A recently released autopsy report from the state medical examiner says the child died from blunt force trauma, which included nearly 50 bruises on his body and a lacerated liver.

  • Calabash hires new town attorney

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash has hired a new attorney.

    At a special called meeting June 25, the board of commissioners voted to hire Mac Tyson as the town’s new attorney, effective immediately.

    Tyson, of Holden Beach, was chosen among three applicants who were interviewed in open session by town commissioners for the position. Tyson replaces former town attorney Mark Lewis, who was not re-interviewed for the position.

    Other finalists were attorney Holt Moore and attorneys with Cox & Watts law firm of Shallotte.

  • Beekeepers can dip into a honey of a class

    Beekeepers in the Cape Fear Region are invited to enroll in an upcoming school to help take better care of their honey-makers.

    Honey Bee Education and Research is offering what is described as an intensive Intermediate/Advanced Beekeepers School that starts Tuesday, July 10, and concludes Sept. 11.

    The school will convene 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Poplar Grove Plantation in north Wilmington. Brunswick County beekeepers are encouraged to attend.

    North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper Barry Harris will be teaching the Tuesday classes.