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  • People shoot for Powerball pot at Shallotte store that sold winning ticket in 2015

    Could lucky lightning strike twice?

    Powerball customers seemed to think so as they got in line to buy lottery tickets this week for a shot at a record $1.5 billion jackpot in the Jan. 13 drawing at the Scotchman store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Lest anyone has forgotten, that’s where Shallotte mom Marie Holmes’ winning $188,033,333 ticket was purchased almost a year ago for the Feb. 11, 2015, Powerball drawing.

    Joseph Tippett was among hopeful customers as he stopped by the store at the corner of Bridger Road on Monday.

  • ‘Unified’ school board moves forward with bond referendum

     SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Board of Education is ready to move forward with a $152 million bond referendum.

    At a special called board meeting before a Parent Advisory Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Shallotte, chairman Bud Thorsen asked board members where they stood on the issue.

    Board members Charlie Miller and Catherine Cooke have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of moving forward in asking the county board of commissioners to include the referendum on the Nov. 8, general election ballot.

  • Sunset Beach town staff can't explain UDO fill omission

    SUNSET BEACH — Jan Harris first noticed higher ground at an east-end development site a few months ago.

    Harris, long known for her scrutiny of development and environmental issues on the barrier island where she has lived for the past two decades, noticed a significant amount of fill being used for a new house under construction in the oceanfront Palm Cove development in the conservation reserve (CR1) zone at Sunset Beach’s easternmost tip.

  • Resident lawsuit seeks flood damages from Carolina Shores

    A resident has filed a lawsuit against the town of Carolina Shores claiming the town has been negligent in maintaining its stormwater system and her home was damaged as a result.

    Glenda B. Ward of 1 Court 6 Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores, whose case was filed Jan. 4 in Brunswick County Superior Court, alleges the town is at fault after her home was flooded “on or about” Oct. 2, 2015, when a large rainstorm hit the town.

  • Report ranks OIB highly in police officers per capita

     A report published by an independent web-based consumer news and resource center ranks two Brunswick County towns among the safest in the Tar Heel State.

    Bald Head Island was ranked first and Ocean Isle Beach eighth in consumeraffairs.com’s recently released “Safest Cities in North Carolina” report.

    The rankings are based on the number of police officers per 10,000 residents, Consumer Affairs spokeswoman Natalie Donahue said.

  • Trooper’s lawsuit against sheriff dismissed

     A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a North Carolina State Highway Patrol sergeant in December 2013 against Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram.

    More than two years ago, N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Nance and his wife, Andrea, filed the suit alleging the sheriff violated his right to free speech and inflicted “emotional distress” against the trooper and his family.

    U.S. District Court Judge Louise W. Flanagan dismissed the suit against Ingram in federal court Sept. 29, court records show.

  • Two Sunset Beach meetings moved to fire station

    Upcoming meetings in Sunset Beach will temporarily take place to accommodate more people at the town’s main fire station No. 1 at 102 Shoreline Drive West.

    That includes Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming second meeting of the month scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  • Carolina Shores gearing up for Jan. 28 retreat

    CAROLINA SHORES — Acquisitions won’t be included when the town board of commissioners starts addressing stormwater priorities at their upcoming annual retreat Jan. 28.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the board’s monthly meeting Jan. 7, said the board will consider schedules in the capital improvement plan as well as price quotes from last year and rental and sharing information for a drain-clearing jetter machine.

  • Longwood woman charged with counterfeit trademark after store raid

     A Longwood woman accused of selling counterfeit goods at her Shallotte retail store was arrested and charged with counterfeit trademark Wednesday, Jan 6.

    Agents with the North Carolina Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force raided Fresh Gear, a clothing store at 5285-1 Main St., in December and seized almost $63,000 in counterfeit items, including Air Jordans, Timberland boots and North Face and Nike clothing, according to a news release issued by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office after the raid.

  • Brunswick County women face prostitution charges

     Two Brunswick County women face prostitution charges in Horry County, S.C.

    Horry County police arrested 21-year-old Sara Katherine Byrd of Shallotte and 17-year-old Sydney Rose Lea of Ocean Isle Beach on Jan. 7 and charged each with prostitution, lewdness, assignation and prostitution generally, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

    Lea was also charged with simple possession of marijuana.

    Byrd and Lea were released after posting $250 bail each just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8.