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  • Supply woman accused of stealing then pawning items

    A Supply woman is accused of stealing then pawning items over a period of months.

    Patricia A. Batson, 49, of Barracuda Street was arrested April 26 and charged with safecracking, larceny and five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, all felonies.

    Warrants show Batson got $20 from Pawn USA No. 6 by selling stolen items she said were hers Feb. 6, Feb. 14 and Feb. 26.

  • Wake Forest man wanted on drug charges accused of resisting officer

    A Wake Forest man wanted on drug and other charges is accused of resisting the officer who arrested him last week.

    Caleb Smith Adams, 25, of Mitchell Mill Road was arrested April 27 and charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

    Warrants show Adams refused to obey Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy Timothy McNichol, who was arresting him on outstanding warrants.

  • Strawberry fields ripe for business

    Last year, hungry deer weren’t so dear to Indigo Farms’ strawberry crop.

    But this year, the Bellamy family’s Century Farm on Hickman Road is back in business with a field of strawberries ripe for picking.

    “The field’s really productive,” said Sam Bellamy, who continues to almost singlehandedly manage goings-on at his family’s six-generation farm straddling the Carolinas border.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library checks out for new move, name and chapter

    It seemed like business as usual Monday at Hickmans Crossroads Library, but the staff and most of their customers knew better.

    The 13½-year-old library at 1040 Calabash Road was scheduled to close for good at 6 p.m. April 30 to get ready for a move to the former South Brunswick Islands Center two-and-a-half miles to the east, at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    Packing and moving day were to start Tuesday morning with help from a team of volunteers. Branch manager Christi Iffergan estimated it will take about a month to totally vacate the building.

  • BEAT harassment case dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a harassment suit filed by the former president of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team against a former board member of the nonprofit group.

    According to court documents filed April 19 at the Brunswick County Courthouse, District Court Judge Pauline Hankins found former BEAT president Neil Gilbert of Sunset Beach failed to prove his harassment case filed March 7 against former board member Kristen Colleran of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Annual Relay for Life another race to beat cancer

    Relay for Life, an eight-hour race to beat cancer, unfolds once again Friday night with a variety of events around the track at West Brunswick High School at 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Events kick off at 4 p.m. with this year’s 1950s rock-n-roll-themed event, “Relay Around the Clock.”

    This year’s fundraising goal is $172,000. At last count, the amount raised was $106,856.12 among 247 participants, including 38 teams.

  • Volunteers shell out time for oyster reef-building project

    SUNSET BEACH — It was an oyster shell assembly line as about 50 volunteers turned out to help with a reef-building project last week.

    Orchestrated by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, gloved and willing volunteers gathered at the Sunset Beach Fire Station on Shoreline Drive West on April 25 to bag shells that are targeted for use as a future oyster reef in waters off from Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N.

  • SHIIP saves Medicare beneficiaries money

    Each year, thousands of people contact the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) throughout the state to help them identify savings in their Medicare coverage.

  • OIB airport receives $1.2M grant

    The North Carolina Board of Transportation approved state and federal funding for 10 airports, including Odell Williamson Municipal Airport, for a total investment of $12.2 million.

    The airport in Ocean Isle Beach received $1,202,000 for land acquisition, including rights-of-way and utilities, and preliminary engineering on an expanded runway protection zone.

  • H2GO board rethinks regional lift station

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members sought to pump the brakes on a pump station engineering contract approved in March.

    H2GO commissioners unanimously agreed March 20 to a $246,000 engineering services agreement with the Wooten Co. contractors to survey, design and bid a regional lift station project on Hewett Burton Road.

    Board chairman Jeff Gerken said at the April 17 H2GO meeting he subsequently heard from Leland Town Manager David Hollis that the town had committed to build a lift station that would serve new developments in the same area.