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  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach workshop Sept. 22

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly workshop at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at town hall.

    On the agenda are a report on beach rules and a Sunset at Sunset update.

    An agenda will be available on the town website, www.sunsetbeachnc.gov.

  • Sunset Beach attorney resigns, takes new job with Ocean Isle Beach

    After more than 30 years providing legal guidance for the town of Sunset Beach, town attorney Michael Isenberg has resigned, only to take a new job with the neighboring town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Isenberg said this week he did not resign from Sunset Beach in order to accept the new job with Ocean Isle Beach. He said he had already decided to resign.

    “As you know, there are a lot of hot-button issues” such as Jaguar’s Lair going on in Sunset Beach, Isenberg wrote in an email Tuesday, Sept. 16, to the Beacon.

  • Gone, but never forgotten: Brunswick County honors heroes

     SUPPLY — Never forget — That’s the message retired firefighters sent to a patriotic crowd at Brunswick Community College on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 American civilians, including 343 New York City firefighters.

    For the 11th consecutive year, a memorial service was held on the BCC campus by the Carolinas Retirees Association of the Fire Department of New York after a motorcade left South Carolina.

  • Charter school group asks county school system to settle lawsuit

     BOLIVIA — Charter Day School Inc. is asking Brunswick County Schools to remit more than $1 million it says has been withheld wrongfully.

    Brunswick County Schools officials, however, contend the nonprofit corporation that holds charters for two public schools in Brunswick County is owed far less.

    Local school districts are responsible for funding charter schools. By law, charter schools receive the per pupil allotment for each student they enroll. In Brunswick County, that allotment is about $7,600.