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  • Stroup talks career path that led her to be RBA K-3 dean

    LELAND —Rachel Stroup knew drawing blood in a hospital wasn’t what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, especially when she’d just graduated in 2009 from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. with a bachelor’s degree in human development and learning.

    A conversation with a coworker at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where she worked as a phlebotomist, introduced her to her future home with Roger Bacon Academy, where she was appointed dean of K-3 on Feb. 12.

  • Event offers info on current crimes

    SUPPLY — Criminals always evolve with technology, but Secretary of State Elaine Marshall says one fact hasn’t changed: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    The keys to fending them off are vigilance and scrutiny, she said.

    “Today they have learned how to speed up, how they can steal your money and do you harm,” she said.

  • Tri-Beach fire department celebrates 50 years

    HOLDEN BEACH — Back in 1968 there was not one beach on Holden Beach, but three; Holden, Robinson and Colonial beaches all occupied the same island.

    The three beaches, plus the mainland, needed a fire department to serve them, so a group of local residents formed Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Servicing Robinson, Colonial and Holden Beach.

    It wasn’t until about 1992, when the decision was made to shorten the name to Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Chief Doug Todd said.

  • Holden Beach abandons pursuit of terminal groin project

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 during their April 17 meeting to end their pursuit of a terminal groin

    The town originally intended to build a 700-foot-long terminal groin with a 300-foot shore anchorage system and associated long-term beach nourishment component on the east end of the island, according to a public notice released by Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Five people face cocaine charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people on cocaine charges in separate cases.

    Preston Jaquan Bryant, 22, of Dawson Street in Wilmington was arrested April 18 and charged with possession with intent to sell, distribute or manufacture cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia while Amber Shalie Burch, 22, of Cadefel Court in Wilmington also was arrested April 18 and charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • Dredging draws dispute in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek brought disagreement at a town council meeting last week.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato took issue at the April 19 meeting with councilman John Corbett for querying residents in the area about whether they want dredging.

    “I find it inappropriate you’re promoting dredging when it has been taken off the table by the scoping committee,” Cerrato said, referring to an April 9 session with agency officials that council members attended.

  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • Holden Beach establishes Inlet and Beach Protection Board

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners recently established the Inlet and Beach Protection Board to serve as an advisory board for the town.

    The board will prepare and recommend to commissioners a comprehensive long-term plan for the town’s role, if any, in the management, dredging and protection of the Lockwood Folly and Shallotte Inlets, including their respective navigational channels, and the management, protection and nourishment of the town’s ocean beaches and protective dune systems.

  • Shallotte teens arrested in Supply shooting

    Two Shallotte teens accused of shooting into an occupied residence last Friday were arrested over the weekend. No one was injured.

    Tristan Stone Kelly, 19, of Edna Way and Atlanta Blaze Crumbley, 17, of Sussex Drive SW were arrested April 22 and each charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property, larceny of a firearm and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show the two stole a Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun from a man and fired it into an occupied singlewide mobile home occupied by a woman on Shade Tree Lane in Supply on April 20.