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  • Sunset Beach stays mute on firearms theft

    SUNSET BEACH — If townspeople were relying on the town for information, they would have never known about the theft last month of firearms and ammunition from the vehicle of Interim Police Chief Joe Smith.

    Since Smith’s Dec. 5 report of the incident to the Shallotte Police Department, nothing has officially been said in four subsequent Sunset Beach Town Council meetings, except for comments by councilmen Richard Cerrato and Mark Benton at the board’s Jan. 9 and Jan. 17 meetings.

  • BFA commodities distribution Feb. 9

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will have its commodities distribution Thursday, Feb. 9, at The Brunswick Beacon, 208 Smith Ave., Shallotte.

    Clients picking up their commodities should first report to BFA, in the Shallotte Big Lots parking lot, to check in.

  • Greenway, bike and paddle trail plan open house set for Monday

    The Brunswick County Planning Department will host an open house for comments on the Brunswick County Greenway, Bikeway, & Paddle Trail Plan final draft Jan. 30.

    The planning department has sought residents’ interest in biking, walking, kayaking, wildlife and preserving natural resources to help with creating plans for walking trails, bike routes, paddle trails and resource preservation.

  • Leland operating room applications face opposition

    BOLIVIA — A public hearing Jan. 20 for input on two applications for state approval of an outpatient surgery center drew a large contingent of J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital supporters who saw the plans as a threat to the Southport medical center’s survival.

    North Carolina’s 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan recommended one additional operating room was needed in Brunswick County.

    The county has seven operating rooms: five at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and two at Dosher Memorial Hospital.

  • SB ERC committee ponders dredging issues, selling sand

    SUNSET BEACH — If Sunset Beach were to dredge Jinks Creek and sell the harvested sand to Ocean Isle Beach, the town would have to come up with a recommendation for its own east end.

    That was one assessment by the town’s environmental resource committee, which approved a measure last week to relay information about sand quality as it becomes available to Sunset Beach Town Council and Ocean Isle Beach.

  • DA: Officer justified in fatal shooting

    BOLIVIA — Leland police Officer Jacob Schwenk was justified in using fatal force against the man who shot at him during an attempted traffic stop last month, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office determined.

    Schwenk and Brent Quinn, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times Dec. 9, 2016.

    David held a news conference Jan. 11 at the Brunswick County Courthouse less than 24 hours after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation completed its independent investigation of the case having interviewed Schwenk the morning of Jan. 10.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available beginning Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • CIS to discontinue before and after-school programs, summer camp

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County will no longer off fee-based before and after-school programs or its summer camps when the spring 2017 semester ends.

    CIS executive director Bonnie Jordan said there are no plans to bring the programs back after June.

    Instead, she said in a Jan. 20 news release, CIS is focusing on its outcome-based programs.

  • Shallotte traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man after finding drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Tysean Ja’mar Pigott, 25, of McMilly Road NW was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 11, and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Leland police seek meat thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman they say stole meat from Piggly Wiggly on Village Road on Jan. 2.

    The woman, who has a small build and was wearing a striped shirt at the time of the theft, took about $40 in meat from the store, Leland Police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. She was the passenger in a Jeep Liberty parked outside the store.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Brian Hall at 332-5003.