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  • Hurricane Florence assistance tops $423M

    A month after the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence, more than $423 million in state and federal funds has been provided directly to North Carolinians to aid in their recovery.

    The funds include grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, payouts from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

    • Nearly $99 million in state and federal grants approved for homeowners and renters.

  • Holden Beach Land Use Plan survey under way

    In an effort to better understand the issues most important to the citizens of Holden Beach and to assist in the town’s Land Use Plan update, the town asks residents to complete a short questionnaire online at surveymonkey.com/r/HBLUP.

    Town staff will tabulate the responses and integrate concerns into the updated Land Use Plan. Results will be available on the town’s website, http://hbtownhall.com/, once complete.

    For more information, call Holden Beach Planning and Inspections director Tim Evans at 842-6080.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman drowns in Intracoastal Waterway

    A 25-year-old Ocean Isle Beach woman drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach on Friday, Oct. 19.

    The body of Blaire Whitney Anderson, of Ocean Haven Road, was recovered Saturday, Oct. 20, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The sheriff’s office received a call about 11:30 a.m. about a body in the water near 2067 Inland Drive.

    Inland Drive is on the mainland near the town’s west end, Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith said Saturday.

  • Calabash man accused of sex crimes against 2 children

    A Calabash man is accused committing sex crimes against two children.

    Mark William Bunte, 58, of Cobbler Circle was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a child 15 or younger.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between Sept. 25 and Sunday.

    Bunte remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $900,000 bail.

  • Holden Beach decal policy raises hurricane repair concerns

    When Robin Tice Haines of Jamestown needed to repair a window broken by Hurricane Florence at her Holden Beach residence Sept. 19, police allowed her to cross the bridge but stopped the contractors who accompanied her.

    The reason? They had no decal on their vehicle.

    “They had their materials and the whole bit ready to go, but they (police) wouldn’t allow them to just follow me, and instead I had to go back across the bridge and stuffed it into my car, that little Honda CRV,” Haines said.

  • Brunswick County Schools announce employees of the year

    Brunswick County Schools announced their employees of the year.

    Dr. Rick Hessman of Bolivia Elementary School is principal of the year, and Claire Herrington, a third-grade science teacher at Southport Elementary School, is teacher of the year.

    Rookie of the year went to Natalie Gavitt, who’s an Exceptional Children teacher at Shallotte Middle School, and nurse Melissa Pittman at Cedar Grove Middle School was named instructional support staff of the year.

  • Texas woman accused of stealing mail, possessing drugs

    A Galveston, Texas woman is accused of stealing mail and possessing drugs in Brunswick County.

    Amanda Salas, 39, of Gulf Freeway was arrested Oct. 12 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, six counts of misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Shallotte teen accused of stealing firearms, other items

    A Shallotte teen is accused stealing firearms and other items from a building in Supply.

    Carlos Reyes, 18, of Pine Lake Drive was arrested Oct. 9 and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

  • Man accused of altering court documents, threatening deputy

    An Evansville, Ind., man is accused of altering a court document, stealing a public record and threatening a deputy.  

    Andrew Leach, 31, of North Greenriver Road, was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with altering court documents, misdemeanor larceny of a public record and misdemeanor communicating threats.

  • Greene County women give back to Bolivia Elementary School

    On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit the mostly empty Greene County Middle School in Snow Hill, leaving significant damage in its wake. Some classrooms looked as normal as they had before the tornado, Snow Hill resident Jessica Byrd said, while the others were rubble.

    “Greene County is a small county, it’s a rural county, and a lot of times we get overlooked,” she said.

    But in this instance, many people came together to bring relief. It’s something Byrd said she’s never forgotten.