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  • North Brunswick Chamber hosts first NC Rice Festival, Sept. 20-21

    The first North Carolina Rice Festival, a new weekend event to recognize the cash crop that helped establish Brunswick County, is coming Sept. 20-21.

    The festival will be at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

    W.C. Lanier, owner of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, has partnered with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to create the event based on festivals in rice states of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

  • Belville proposes Riverwalk to Battleship connection

    Following the success of planning and funding the first phase of the Brunswick Riverwalk park, Belville officials are thinking regionally by trying to bridge their park to the USS North Carolina Battleship park.

    Commissioner Joe Breault spoke at the Eagles Island Coalition Sept. 3 meeting to propose Belville, the Eagles Island Coalition and the Battleship Park work together on a bike and pedestrian trail that would run along the Belville side of the Brunswick River to an unused road that runs parallel to U.S. 17/74/76.

  • Shallotte supporting alcohol abstinence program in schools

    Shallotte officials agreed to the town’s ABC Board request to approve spending $2,000 to support a program to stop underage drinking.

    The Sold Out School Alcohol Abstinence Program uses school assembly programs then follows up with social networking and family and community support to provide drug and alcohol education and life skills to eliminate underage drinking and drug use.

    Five assemblies are planned to present to middle school students in the fall and five high school assemblies will take place in the spring.

  • Ocean Isle Beach swears in new police chief

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH – Four generations of Ken Bellamy’s family and a packed room of visitors including Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David attended Bellamy’s swearing-in as the new Ocean Isle Beach Police Chief Tuesday.

    Bellamy, the former Assistant Chief, stepped up to the role after former Chief John Goodwin retired in August.

    “John was chief for 23 and a half years. He gave his notice in June and retired last month,” Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said.

  • Three face multiple drug charges

    Agents arrested three people on various drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a brief investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    John Eric Williams, 28, of Laurinburg, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website. He is incarcerated on $125,000 bail.

  • UPDATE: Additional bank robber photos released

    The Shallotte Police Department has been able to secure additional images of  the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    “The suspect took out a note and gave it to the teller at the counter,” according to a Sept. 17 news release from the town. “He ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and entered the woods.”

  • Authorities search for alleged bank robber

    SHALLOTTE — Investigators are searching for the man who robbed a Shallotte bank Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, in Shallotte.

    Shallotte police received the report of the robbery at First Community Bank, 4949 Main St., at 2:18 p.m., Chief Rodney Gause said.

    “The suspect took out a note and gave it to the teller at the counter,” according to a Sept. 17 news release from the town. “He ran out the door with an undetermined amount of money and entered the woods.”

  • UPDATE: Ex-Leland officer arrested after high-speed chase, shooting

     Seven felony charges for attempted murder and assault on a law enforcement officer have been lodged against a former Leland police lieutenant captured following a high-speed chase with gunfire Tuesday night, Sept. 16, through Brunswick and Horry, S.C., counties.

    Brunswick County deputies were trying to serve warrants on Howard “Hank” Smith at the Food Lion in Supply about 8:30 p.m. when he fled from deputies and a chase ensued, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Attorneys: School board members owe district $1,920 each

    Each of the five Brunswick County Board of Education members must repay Brunswick County Schools for raises they received unlawfully in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

    Board members unlawfully approved raises for themselves as part of the 2015 district budget they approved at special called Aug. 28 meeting. Those raises were voided almost two weeks later after board attorney Rick Green and Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall determined the sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • Calabash to fix River Road pothole

    CALABASH — Though they’re not sure who owns it, town commissioners have voted to patch a huge pothole at River Road and Nance Street.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly town board meeting Sept. 9, said there is confusion about whose responsibility it is to repair the asphalt hole that is posing a hazard for traffic heading to and from the Calabash Riverfront.

    “It looks to me like the pothole is on a town street and we should go ahead and patch it,” Nance said.