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  • Shallotte woman faces elder exploitation charge

    A Shallotte woman is accused of defrauding another woman out of nearly $70,000.

    Tina Renee Hurley, 66, of Snead Court was arrested Nov. 3 and charged with felony exploit disable/elder trust.

    Warrants show Hurley deceptively obtained $67,827.90 from an older woman between June 1, 2011, and July 31, 2015.

    Hurley was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Wanted Bolivia man arrested after standoff

    Horry County, S.C., police arrested a Bolivia man wanted on a felony drug warrant after a standoff in Little River, S.C., on Nov. 1.

    Christopher John Clarida, 27, is charged with resisting arrest and being a fugitive, Horry County Government spokeswoman Krystal Dotson said.

    Someone called police to Lincoln Heights Drive where Clarida was believed to be at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, Dotson said.

    “After many unsuccessful attempts to have Clarida exit the home,” members of the Horry County police SWAT went inside and apprehended him, Dotson said.

  • Veterans Day recognized every day in Brunswick County military family

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Four generations of the late Francis Joseph Malinchalk and Myrna Geraldine (Clemmons) Malinchalk family, spouses and in-laws have served their country in the armed forces, service they’re proud to celebrate on Veterans Day and any other day.

    F.J. and Myrna met in Washington, D.C., early in his naval career while she had a job working for the FBI.

  • Harlow hired as Leland’s first tourism and marketing coordinator

    Anticipating more people moving to northern Brunswick County and more visitors coming to see them at the coast, Leland has hired its first tourism and marketing coordinator.

    Jackie Harlow was hired in October from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Wilmington. She worked as a communications liaison for Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, marketing the real estate agents and management, working on company branding and handling internal communication.

    Harlow said she pursued the role in Leland because it offered a new opportunity.

  • Carolina Shores delays work schedule proposal

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners has delayed consideration of a proposed work schedule alternative following debate and a split vote at their workshop Monday morning, Nov. 6.

    Commissioner Mary Timothy requested the delay after objecting to the details as well as the absence of Mayor Joyce Dunn and commissioner Gere Dale at the monthly session.

  • Dixon named Brunswick County’s next planning director

    Brunswick County officials promoted from within by making Kirstie Dixon the county’s planning director, effective Nov. 6.

    Dixon succeeds Mike Hargett, who announced he would retire at the end of 2017, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    Dixon was hired in 2004 as a planner II and supervisor of central permitting. She has held several positions within the county’s planning department, most recently working as planning manager.

  • H2GO GenX water results show higher numbers than Brunswick County, DEQ

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO released water test results Nov. 1 reporting higher GenX levels than recent results provided by Brunswick County and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

    Brunswick County supplies H2GO with finished treated water drawn from the Cape Fear River.

    H2GO spokesman Tyler Wittkofsky released perfluorinated compound results of samples of the water were taken Oct. 18. The results showed GenX levels at 59.7 parts per trillion (ppt), according to the H2GO news release.

  • Rabon, three others accused of ethics violation

    Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport is one of three state legislators accused with a Wilmington developer of an ethics violation by New Hanover County Democratic Party Chairman Richard Poole.

    Poole filed the complaint Oct. 30 accusing Rep. Holly Grange, former Rep. Chris Millis and Rabon of violating the state’s ethics act G.S. 138A that applies to legislators.

  • Council members debate ethics, violations in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town security and ethics were hot topics at Sunset Beach Town Council’s semimonthly meeting Monday night.

    “I do feel you violated our code of ethics,” Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott told councilman Richard Cerrato, referring to council’s Oct. 17 meeting when Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern while Nern was speaking during public comment.

  • Calabash Fire Department October 2017

    During the month of October 2017, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 203 calls: three structure fires, a woods/brush fire, seven fire alarms, 12 motor vehicle accidents, three mutual aid, 40 public assistance, four other and 133 EMS first-response calls.