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  • Four accused of smuggling drugs into jail

     Four people face charges after investigators said they tried to smuggle drugs into the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Arrest warrants show Kristen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, Melissa Meyer of Leland, Larry Cheyenne Pigott of Shallotte and Nicole Marie Wilsey of Southport conspired to smuggle Suboxone, a schedule III controlled substance, into the jail.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl faces more than 50 additional charges

    A Leland man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl faces more than 50 additional charges.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested Saturday, July 19, and charged with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

  • Inmate dies of apparent suicide in county jail

    An Ash man incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on a first-degree murder charge died Wednesday, July 23, from an apparent suicide, spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thomas Jason Holland, 28, of Babson Road NW, was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:14 a.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    “He is the victim of an apparent suicide,” the release read.

  • Fisherman’s find on Holden Beach linked to Civil War-era ship

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina has a new artifact to display for visitors thanks to a local man’s curiosity.

    Gary Mullen discovered two iron chain links that date back to the early 19th century.

    Mullen’s Indiana Jones moment didn’t come from treasure hunting or metal detecting; he was just walking along Holden Beach in February when something caught his eye.

  • Leland ends town hall construction contract with builder

    LELAND — Leland officials have decided if their new town hall will ever be finished, another contractor will do it.

    The Leland town board held a special meeting Thursday, July 17, where they voted unanimously to settle their dispute with contractor Paragon Building Corp. and mutually agree to end their association.

    Town staff have waited more than six months to move into the 44,000-square-foot, winged building which will house the town staff and council chamber on one side and the Leland Police Department on the other.

  • County to review ways to help towns fund beach renourish/dredging projects

    It took two months for the dust to settle after voters denied a sales tax increase.

    County commissioners began looking for ways to support beach renourishment and waterway dredging project at the July 21 monthly meeting.

    The issue was raised when Steve Foster, Town Manager of Oak Island, spoke to the county board to request financial assistance to stop beach erosion by assisting with the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project.

  • State unemployment rate a few points above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers trail the national unemployment rate by .3 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state unemployment rate has continued to fall throughout 2014, reaching a low of 6.2 percent in April 2014. In May the number crept back up to 6.4 percent but remained the same for the most recent month the NCDC has collected information.

    In June 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.3 percent.

    The 2014 unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

  • Newest addition welcomes veteran home

    A special reunion awaited Navy veteran Alan Stanley when he arrived in Wilmington on July 15.

    Among the family waiting for him was his infant daughter he would see in person for the first time.

    Alan Stanley is a Flight Engineer with the Navy’s VP-9 out of NCBH of Kaneohe, Hawaii.

    Alan, his wife Lauren and family live on the base when he is stationed there.

    But Alan has served on two deployments in the past three years.

    During that period, Lauren has delivered their two daughters: Lillian, 2, and Leah, four months.

  • Brunswick County bridge listed on AAA’s substandard list

    The US 17 bridge that crosses US 76 near Leland is included on AAA Carolinas top 20 substandard bridges list.

    AAA Carolinas released a report July 18 that despite North Carolina investing nearly $500 million in state and federal funds to replace and repair bridges in 2013, more than 5,100 state bridges still remain substandard.

    And Brunswick County’s bridge is ranked 13th.

    The only county bridge to make the list, it was in 10th place in the 2013 rankings, the first year the bridge was added to AAA’s list.

  • Woman appeals school’s decision to keep controversial book

     A local committee ruled to keep a controversial book in its school’s curriculum, so an Ash resident has taken her appeal to the district superintendent.

    Frankie Wood, 72, has appealed Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” on school shelves.

    If Superintendent Edward Pruden upholds the school’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum, Wood can appeal his decision to the school board, which makes the final decision.