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  • Business picking up on south end

    New business and development have started to pick up on the south end of Brunswick County. Following is a roundup of new things going in and around the towns of Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

     

    Calabash

    Since November, the town of Calabash has issued licenses for the following businesses, town clerk Kelley Southward said:

  • Questions surround Sunset Beach council 'rep' on terminal groin

    Sunset Beach residents questioning a terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach have also begun to ask why Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill is listed as a project review team representative for his town in the groin environmental impact statement.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers document lists and identifies Sherrill as a Sunset Beach town councilman, though he was never appointed by Sunset Beach to serve on the PRT committee.

  • Chicken truck fire shuts down highway

    An engine fire on a truck carrying boxes of frozen chickens shut down portions of U.S. 74/76 in Leland on Monday afternoon, March 30. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the driver of the tractor-trailer was headed east about a mile from Columbus County when he smelled smoke and pulled onto a dirt logging road field at 2:20 p.m.

    The eastbound lane was shut down as fire and emergency crews arrived at the scene. The truck was destroyed and the refrigerated trailer carrying the poultry sustained damages.

  • Volunteers rally to install smoke alarms

    More than 150 volunteers fanned out across Brunswick County last Saturday with one mission: to install more than 800 smoke alarms free of charge in the name of safety and saving lives.

    The inspiration for the county’s first smoke alarm rally March 28 were five recent fire deaths, county fire marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Calabash restaurateurs celebrate U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — Altin and Leda Elezi don’t take America for granted.

    The owners of Sunny Side Up Diner at 10068 Beach Drive in Calabash don’t want anyone else to, either.

    As of this past Feb. 24, the Albania natives are both proud citizens of the United States.

    That’s the date restaurant chef/owner Altin Elezi received his U.S. citizenship certificate at a naturalization ceremony at the Charleston, S.C., field office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • Smoke from controlled burn at swamp seen on N.C. 211

    No, that isn’t an out-of-control fire and smoke plume passersby saw erupting from the west side of Brunswick County on Tuesday.

    The North Carolina Forest Service has just been conducting a controlled burn in the Green Swamp along N.C. 211 to clear the forest of underbrush.

    Controlled or prescribed fires are conducted by a team of fire experts under specified weather conditions to help restore health to fire-adapted environments.

  • School officials, detectives address system network hack

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an unknown hacker who has disrupted the school district’s Internet connectivity.

    In a news release issued March 25, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said members of the school district’s technology department are working to identify and mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) issues impacting the system’s network since schools began the spring semester in January.

  • Jury selection continues in trial of man accused of killing 3-year-old

    BOLIVIA — Twelve jurors have officially been seated in the murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in Shallotte more than three years ago.

    Two alternate jurors must be selected before opening statements can begin in Brunswick County Superior Court in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty, charge against son dismissed

    The mother of a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, while the same charge against his brother was voluntarily dismissed.

    Katherine Carter and her son, Curtis Wayne Hewett, are accused of helping 23-year-old William Hewett in his alleged escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Jan. 29. They and others were charged with animal cruelty after several animals were found in poor health at the family’s compound on Trails End during the ensuing manhunt, Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Investigators arrest three men on drug trafficking charges

    Investigators have arrested three men who are accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of cocaine from Detroit to southeastern North Carolina, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.