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  • Impaired driver strikes, kills pedestrian

    An Ash man police say was impaired at the time struck and killed an Ocean Isle Beach man who was walking alongside Green Bay Road south of Shallotte on Monday, Sept. 14.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. C. K. Parks, Joshua Wilson, 24, of Big Neck Road, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck west on Green Bay Road 5.5 miles south of Shallotte around 10:30 p.m. when he struck Fortunato Castillo, 45, of Green Bay Road in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Newest law enforcement apparatus touches down in Brunswick County

    The newest law enforcement apparatus has landed in Brunswick County, and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said the best thing about the helicopter is taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

    Miller said the sheriff’s office received the Bell OH-58 helicopter from the federal agency Law Enforcement Support Services, or LESS, at no cost. So far, the sheriff’s office spent $32,000 in drug seizure money to outfit the helicopter with radios, GPS and intercom systems.

  • Commissioners table developer's request for pump station deferment to build spec house

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday tabled a developer’s request to defer construction of a sewer pump station in Ocean Isle Palms to build a spec house.

    County manager Marty Lawing said officials with The Coastal Companies, owned by Mark Saunders, requested a deferment to complete the development’s sewer pump station—instead requesting a building permit to build a spec house, which would operate on a grinder pump until Ocean Isle Palm’s pump station is constructed.

  • Electronic gaming rules still being mulled by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board is recommending the town attorney research and advise town council about electronic gaming as a special use in all business districts.

    During discussion at a special called meeting Sept. 17, board members studied a recommendation by Sunset Beach chief building inspector Jeff Curtis to reconsider limiting the number of allowable machines per location to 10, “with the stipulation our attorney research this as to what can be done,” board chairman Bill McDonald said.

  • Across the aisle: McIntyre on HR 3200

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    When it comes to HR 3200—America’s Affordable Health Choices Act—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, the Democrat who represents North Carolina’s 7th District, says “It’s too much, too fast and too expensive.”

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant reactors down temporarily

    Progress Energy shut down the two reactors at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport because maintenance on one of the plant’s back-up generators is taking longer than expected.

    Customers will not experience loss of power, and there is no safety risk, a company spokesperson said.

  • Summer season numbers down, but not as much as expected

    With vacationers tightening their belts and not spending what they used to, 2009 occupancy tax revenue was down in Brunswick County over the previous year.

    But not as much as tourism officials expected.

    “It looks better now than we thought it would last year at this time,” Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority Chairman Kemp Causey said this week. “In our budget, we said we would be down 20 percent.”

  • Citizens group ponders legal action for behind-the-scenes tactics in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A concerned-citizens group is considering legal steps if the town proceeds with an idea to send letters to residents telling them to vote no in an upcoming referendum.

    Tom Pressel, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said the group is waiting to see how the town board proceeds with an idea recently posed among board members via e-mail by town commissioner Gere Dale.

    Dale has been soliciting behind-the-scenes input from fellow board members about the town’s upcoming referendum about changing its form of government.

  • Deal-making, oddball questions and last-minute bookings

    HOLDEN BEACH—Phyllis Booth fields calls from people across the state and around the country looking to spend a week at the beach, during summer months and off-season, as a rental agent at Brunswickland Realty.

    “When are you interested in coming in?” she asks

    “How many bedrooms do you need?”

    “We don’t have anything pet-friendly available. You might want to try Holden Beach Properties. They have a lot of pet-friendly homes.”

  • Students released from hospital after early morning bus wreck

    The 12 students that were sent to the hospital following a bus wreck this morning have been released, according to Superintendent Katie McGee.

    The wreck occurred just before 8 a.m. on N.C. 211 near the St. James Plantation entrance, McGee said. A vehicle rear-ended a Brunswick County Schools bus, which sent 12 South Brunswick High School students to Dosher Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.