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  • Gause announces retirement as Shallotte police chief

    SHALLOTTE — Police Chief Rodney Gause announced his plans to retire this year at the March meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen. Gause, who has been chief since 1988 said he would retire effective July 1.

    Gause began his law enforcement career in Shallotte in 1981. On June 2, 1982, he began working full time. He was 28 when he became chief, the youngest police chief in North Carolina.

    “June 2 equals 35 years for me,” he said. “I’ve got four grandkids. I want to spend more time with them.”

  • County board to hear rezoning request for assisted living facility

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will have to decide if zoning will be approved to allow an assisted living facility to be built along U.S. 17.

    Despite two meetings’ worth of discussion, the county planning board could not support the developer’s plan to build across from a neighborhood on Old Shallotte Road NW.

    Representatives from Brunswick Community and Assisted Living came before the planning board at the Feb. 13 and March 13 meetings, seeking rezoning of a parcel at 5220 Ocean Highway W. (U.S. 17).

  • OIB terminal groin approved, town plans to build in November

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach cleared the last hurdle to building a terminal groin on the east end of the island when officials received their Army Corps of Engineers record of decision permitting the project Feb. 28.

    Now town officials are prepping to be ready to begin building by November.

    At the March 14 town meeting, board members unanimously approved a pre-construction services contract with Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina to develop the final design, construction plans and contract bids for the terminal groin.

  • Man sentenced for selling cocaine in Leland

    A Wilmington man will spend at least seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges in Brunswick County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 8.

    Judge C. Winston Gilchrist sentenced 36-year-old Wendell L. Ray to serve a minimum of 88 months to a maximum of 118 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after Ray pleaded guilty to two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Warrants: Ash man broke into store twice in three weeks

    A 31-year-old man is accused of breaking into the same Ash store twice in three weeks.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Jordan Norris, of Alligator Road NW in Ash, on Thursday, March 9, and charged him with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods or property and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Norris broke a window at Ash Grocery, 3892 Whiteville Road, on Feb. 24 and again March 7.

  • Former Carolina Shores Mayor Jack Elliott dies

    Former Carolina Shores Mayor Jack Elliott has died.

    Elliott, 89, died March 7 at SECU Hospice Care in Bolivia, according to an obituary from Brunswick Funeral Service in Shallotte. Elliott’s passing was also announced at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting last Thursday afternoon, March 9.

    Elliott, a native of Philadelphia, became the newly incorporated town of Carolina Shores’ first elected mayor in 1998.

  • Oak Island Pier closed, deemed unsafe

    Oak Island’s pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October, will remain closed to the public at least until next spring, town officials announced March 13.

    Town development services director Steven Edwards notified Mayor Cin Brochure and the pier’s operator, A.C. Thomes Jr., in an emailed and hand-delivered letter Friday, March 10, the public was accessing the pier, which he deemed unsafe for human occupancy and ordered to be boarded to prevent trespass.

  • Holden Beach receives disaster grant approval

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a $5.99 million disaster grant for repair of beach strand damages incurred by Hurricane Matthew in Holden Beach, the N.C. Department of Public Safety announced.

    The town is sorting through the details to determine what exactly this approval means for its Central Reach Project, which is expected to be completed this month. Dredging officially began Jan. 4 with a window through the end of March.

  • Flu still widespread in North Carolina

    An additional 17 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 4, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Flu activity has started to decrease, but the virus is still widespread in the state.

    The total number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 83. The two most recent weekly flu reports have accounted for 33 of those deaths.

  • Wildfire risk typically higher through May

    The North Carolina Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May.

    “During the spring fire season, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a news release. “There are many factors to consider before doing any burning.”

    North Carolinians thinking about burning debris should contact their county ranger for advice first, Troxler said.