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  • Hell House is ministry tool and fundraiser for church

    The walls are dark—pitch black. You can hardly see the person in front of you. You hear a voice in the dark. It’s the devil.

    Finally there is light, and you see a girl holding a gun. Then it becomes black again.

    This could be the scene from a movie, but it is just one of the scenarios at Shallotte Church of God’s Hell House.

    The Hell House consisted of a maze and six areas depicting real-life scenarios. The rooms included a car wreck, a séance room, a suicide room, an abortion room, hell and heaven.

  • Four incumbent commissioners re-elected at Holden Beach; Young wins by two votes

    Holden Beach Board of Commissioners challenger Sheila Young apparently won a seat on the board by two votes, defeating fellow challenger Peggy Schiavone.

    Four commissioner incumbents won re-election to their seats and said Tuesday they were happy the voters thought they had done a good job the past two years.

    Young garnered 183 votes, while Schiavone received 191.

    Young, who lost by four votes two years ago, said Tuesday she was “just amazed” by the tight race and would not be surprised if a recount would be requested.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Supply man arrested for marijuana farm in Green Swamp

    Drug agents have arrested a Supply man for his role in the recently discovered marijuana farm in the Green Swamp.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 54-year-old William James Burney, of 2187 Ridge Forest Drive SW, and charged him with two counts of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and one count of manufacturing marijuana.

  • Supply motorcyclist killed in wreck

    A Supply man was killed Friday when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Kirby Road in Supply.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels, the wreck occurred around 2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on Kirby Road near the intersection of Seashore Road.

    Joseph Cross, 33, of North Ridge Drive, was driving a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle west on Kirby Road at about 55 mph, which is the posted speed limit, Daniels said.

  • Former Sunset Beach Councilman Carl Bazemore dies

    Former Sunset Beach town councilman and mayor pro tem Carl Bazemore died Sunday in Asheville following a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Bazemore, 81, served three four-year terms on Sunset Beach Town Council, from 1995-2007.

    While a councilman, Bazemore was Sunset Beach representative with the Brunswick Beaches Consortium and chaired a South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority stormwater management program.

  • Unemployment rate drops slightly; some choosing to retrain

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains high, dropping only slightly from 10.6 in August to 10.5 in September.

    Brunswick County’s Employment Securities Commission (ESC) Director Eli Smith said workers from across the career spectrum, including those with advanced degrees, are now collecting unemployment insurance.

  • Town adopts water/sewer fees for sweepstakes businesses

    The town of Shallotte has set impact fees for Internet sweepstakes establishments. The fees are similar to those for other businesses such as doctors’ offices.

    At last week’s pre-agenda meeting, the board of aldermen voted to set fees of $1,100 for sewer and $365 for water for each toilet, after town staff recommending setting higher rates more closely aligned with restaurant impact fees.

    “I can’t imagine it comes near putting the same burden on facilities as a restaurant,” alderman John Kinlaw said.

  • Tracking H1N1: Influenza and children

    Fewer doses of H1N1 influenza vaccines have arrived at the Brunswick County Health Department than first expected, and children and pregnant women remain at risk for contracting H1N1.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the county has received about 1,200 doses of the originally anticipated 9,000 does of H1N1 vaccine in recent weeks. Another 1,400 doses are expected Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Wake County man arrested for string of Leland storage unit break-ins

    After Wake County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Danny Thomas Goldston Jr. on Oct. 26, for allegedly breaking into construction sites around Wake County, detectives tied him back to Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Murray said he was in the process of charging Goldston, 22, with a string of break-ins and robberies in the Leland area Oct. 24.

    But what Goldston, who lives in Wendell, just outside of Raleigh, was doing in Leland, detectives say they don’t know. Murray said Goldston rented a U-Haul truck in Apex on Oct. 5.

  • Commissioners OK new background check policy for parks and recreation coaches, volunteers

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved a less stringent background check policy for the 300 or so people who volunteer each year with the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department’s youth and special populations programs.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, said the county commissioners adopted the criminal background check policy for volunteers in 2007 to, “Make sure they are socially fit, and to make sure they can work with our kids and our programs.”