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Burton Wells Rec Center adjusts hours

Beginning this week, the Burton Wells Recreation Center will be changing the hours it is open to the public. The facility will now be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The recreation center is closed on Sundays.

On Tuesday, November 4, the Burton Wells and Buckwalter Recreation Centers will be closed to the public for recreational activities since both locations will be used as polling locations in the general election.

Seabrook man sentenced for trafficking cocaine

A 37-year-old Seabrook man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday, October 23, for trafficking cocaine.

At the conclusion of a two-day trial, jurors convicted Dwayne Chisolm of trafficking between 100 and 200 grams of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack-cocaine, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

In 2010, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office developed information that Chisolm was dealing drugs. Officers conducted controlled buys and obtained a search warrant for his Garrett Small Road home. A search of the home in May 2010 yielded significant quantities of cocaine as well as a gun.

Chisolm had two previous convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and had recently been released from prison at the time of the investigation.

“Mr. Chisolm is a dangerous man who went right back to a life of crime after being released from prison,” said assistant solicitor Mary Concannon, who prosecuted the case. “I asked the jury to shut down his illegal business and they did.”

Judge Carmen Mullen handed down the sentence. By law, Chisolm must serve at least 85 percent of it before being eligible for any sort of early release mechanism.

Rescued Marsh Pony undergoes surgery

One of the Marsh Ponies, Patrick, relocated from Horse Island by Beaufort County Animal Services had surgery.

Dr. Emily Mitchum performed cryptorchidectomy surgery on his rear legs due to a “locking stifle.” The horse was unable to flex his hind legs, which caused them to stick out and drag behind the horse in an abnormal manner.

After the operation, Patrick will be adopted by his foster mom, Bobbie Thomas, and her granddaughter Rentz Thomas.

Patrick was born on Horse Island 10 years ago on St. Patrick’s Day.

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