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  • Carolina Shores OKs injunction, fines against Internet sweepstakes business

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners last week approved an injunction and fines against an Internet sweepstakes business they say is continuing to operate in violation of town ordinances.

    Commissioners voted Aug. 4 to direct town attorney Holt Moore to proceed with an injunction against Cyber Connect, 10200 U.S. 17. They also approved having town building inspector Chuck Riggins impose fines against the business.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale deemed the situation an “ongoing fight for the last several months.”

  • Iler talks about first eight weeks in legislature

    State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, has completed his first eight weeks in the N.C. General Assembly, and the legislature has adjourned its long session.

    Iler was chosen to fill out the unexpired term of former Rep. Bonner Stiller, also an Oak Island Republican, when he resigned in June. Since that time Iler has been able to vote on numerous bills that affect Brunswick County.

  • Longtime town employee, Hughes is happy to fill in as administrator

    Shallotte Public Works Director Albert Hughes has seen the town grow from a small, rural community to a commercial hub, and during his 26 years with the town, he has had a front row seat for most of that growth.

    Hughes has been with the town of Shallotte since 1983, when he was hired as public works director to oversee the implementation of the town’s sewer system. During his tenure, his duties have also including serving as the town’s building inspector and zoning administrator.

  • St. James hears from residents of area planned for annexation

    SUPPLY—Residents of the Midway Road area say they don’t have anything against the residents of St. James—they just don’t want to be forced to live there.

    That was the consensus of speakers at Monday night’s public hearing on the town of St. James’ attempt to annex properties on Midway Road and across from Arbor Creek on N.C. 211. The hearing was in the events center at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Drug agents seize 158 marijuana plants

    SHALLOTTE—An afternoon fly-by eradication operation led to the seizure of 158 marijuana plants—some reaching 8-10 feet tall.

    During a joint eradication operation with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the State Highway Patrol Monday afternoon, a highway patrol helicopter spotted marijuana plants growing in a Shallotte backyard.

  • Bonds granted for murder suspects

    Bonds have been set for murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie.

    According to District Attorney Rex Gore, Bryant and Moultrie, who are both in custody awaiting trial for the April 27, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, were given bonds because it will be prosecuted as a non-capital case.

    Superior Court Judge Frank Floyd set Bryant’s bond at $310,000, while Moultrie was later given a $200,000 bond.

    At press time Tuesday, both suspects were in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    After four months, multiple drafts and several trips to different House and Senate committees, House Bill 1305 passed in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    The bill, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, now moves to the governor’s mansion, where it awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

  • Shallotte planners recommend regulation of Internet sweepstakes businesses

    Shallotte town employees are getting more than their share of requests from would-be entrepreneurs seeking to open Internet gaming businesses in town.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, town planner Allen Serkin and alderman John Kinlaw urged board members to recommend regulations for the businesses, including definitions, conditional uses and other restrictions so the town can have a place to start.

  • Board rates superintendent 'unsatisfactory' in most areas on evaluation

    Despite being named regional superintendent of the year, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was given “mostly unsatisfactory” marks on her evaluation, completed by the Brunswick County Board of Education Tuesday night.

    “The ranges were unsatisfactory to a little above average on a few things,” McGee said Tuesday night. “I’m really distraught. It’s the best school year we’ve ever had in all directions.”

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 indicted Wednesday for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    According to the district attorney’s office out of Queens County, investigators executed search warrants Wednesday morning and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive, Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    He is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as an “agent” in the operation.