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  • Sunset Beach non-interest sewer assessment deadline June 30

    June 30 is the deadline for Sunset Beach property owners to pay off their sewer assessment interest-free.

    In June 2013, Brunswick County Public Utilities completed construction of the Sunset Beach wastewater collection system.

    Because the project was funded as a special assessment district, property owners who benefited from the project were assessed their proportionate share of the cost of the project.

  • Past Calabash VFW Post commander new state commander

    By Frank Richardson

    Special to the Beacon

    VFW Calabash Post 7288 now boasts having the new North Carolina VFW state commander among its members.

    Jack Goin, who served as Calabash Post commander from 2006 through 2008 and later served several positions in the Department of North Carolina VFW, officially took over the reins as commander of the North Carolina VFW effective June 8.

  • Carolina Shores adopts budget with no tax increase

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town has adopted its budget for fiscal year 2014-15 with no tax increase.

    Approval came at the town board of commissioners meeting Thursday, June 5, at town hall.

    The $1,384,200 budget, which takes effect July 1, calls for retaining the town’s current tax rate of 10 cents (.1016) per $100 property valuation.

  • UPDATE: Ocean fatality is Carolina Shores woman

    A 63-year-old Carolina Shores woman has been identified by Sunset Beach police as the person pulled unresponsive from the ocean at Sunset Beach late Tuesday morning.
    At approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Patricia Marie Rene was pulled from the water just east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier

    A group of bystanders found the woman unresponsive in the water about 200 yards from the pier, along the shore directly behind the island’s gazebo, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts said.

  • Ingraham donates $25K to seniors group

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Overwhelmed by his own emotions, John Ingraham is grateful for the opportunity to help those people who can’t help themselves.

    That’s why last Friday night, June 6, was so special for Ingraham as the Shallotte businessman donated $25,000 to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. during a customer appreciation night at The View at Brick Landing Plantation.

    Ingraham, owner of First Financial Education Centers LLC, presented the check to BSRI President and CEO Jim Fish as part of a “tropical celebration.”

  • Leland police investigate theft ring

     Leland police have launched an investigation into an alleged theft ring from permitted construction sites in Leland.

    The department’s investigations division has obtained warrants on a five-person larceny ring that includes more than 50 felony charges of larceny from a construction site, Lt. Joe Pierce wrote in a news release.

    Among the charges are 51 felony counts of larceny from construction sites and 13 second-degree trespassing counts, and more charges are expected.

  • Navassa man charged with attempted rape

     A Navassa man is accused of attempted rape after authorities say he hid inside the apartment of a woman who was walking her dog before attacking her.

    Clarence Jacobs Jr., 29, of 709 Park Ave., is charged with breaking and entering, two counts of resisting and delaying officers, larceny, attempted second-degree rape and kidnapping, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said.

    Jacobs was arrested after police were called to the victim's home on Racine Drive about 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, Rawley said.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex-related crimes

     A former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy was convicted of sex-related crimes June 3.

    Timothy Caulder, 36, of Shallotte, was found guilty on two counts of soliciting crimes against nature and two counts of soliciting for prostitution.

    District Court Judge Jerry Jolly found Caulder not guilty on a count of willful failure to discharge duties.

    Caulder was given a 45-day suspended jail sentence and ordered to serve 18 months of probation.

  • Additional seats available for high schools graduation

     Space issues have limited the number of tickets the school district can allot to graduating seniors in the past, but this year 200 additional seats have been made available for Saturday, June 14, commencement ceremonies.

  • No date set for trial of man accused of killing Shallotte toddler

     A trial date has not been set for a Wilmington man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy in February 2012.

    Montey Andrea Murray was indicted in August on first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

    The grand jury’s indictment came more than a year after McAllister died of injuries he suffered while in Murray’s care.