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  • Transportation service to Fayetteville now available for veterans

    Another stop has been added to the veterans transportation program for Brunswick County’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

    In December 2010, Veterans Affairs (VA) officials began a transportation assistance program to take Brunswick County veterans to the VA clinic in Wilmington. Now, local veterans can reserve a ride to the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.

  • Traffic court to be re-instated next month

    BOLIVIA—After more than four months on hold, administrative traffic court is set to resume next month.

    According to District Attorney Jon David, he and Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly have come to a resolution on administrative traffic court, which hasn’t taken place since April 15, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting the court.

    Jolly stopped the court because the man who runs the driving school element of the program contributed to David’s 2010 campaign for district attorney.

  • Ketchup hoarders

     It is difficult to live hundreds of miles away from loved ones. It is my desire to be there for them when they are ill or sad or just to enjoy a good laugh and a bottle of wine. Last week I had the opportunity to visit my grandmother in Champaign, Ill.

    I couldn’t help but feel guilty for not being able to be a bigger part of my grandmother’s life. What I wouldn’t give to be able to have a weekly card night with her, take her to lunch on a random Saturday or just kick back in her recliner and take an afternoon snooze with her.

  • Police Chief warns residents

     SHALLOTTE—After a rash of recent financial crimes, the Shallotte Police Department is sharing safety tips with its citizens, in an effort to help protect citizens’ finances.

    One area particularly flourishing has been counterfeit currency.  Police Chief Rodney Gause is advising business owners to have their employees use a marker pen on any currency over the $20 denomination—and in situations where smaller denominations appear suspect. Using a marker pen will verify the validity of the currency more readily.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Lavonshea Marquise Fletcher, 23, of 640 Tryon Road, Shallotte, was arrested for assault on a female, violation of protective order and resisting arrest.

    •Larceny of air-conditioning units from Rent-A-Center; two air-conditioning units were removed from the business.

  • Brunswick Beat for Aug. 17, 2011

        

  • Sunset Beach council debates annual report to send to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilwoman Carol Scott has issues with an eight-page draft “annual report” newsletter the town is planning to send out soon to residents.

    “There’s a lot of information in this that I think is self-serving rather than informative,” said Scott, speaking at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday. “It could be whittled down to four pages.”

    Scott said the report needs to use facts “as opposed to convincing people” that the tax rate is a bargain and revenue-neutral.

  • Safety concerns continue at Sunset Beach bridge intersection

    SUNSET BEACH—John Tice was driving toward Shoreline Drive West.

    The other driver was at Shoreline Drive East when he pulled out in front of Tice, causing Tice to T-bone the other vehicle.

    “He never stopped,” said Tice of the wreck Aug. 1 at the mainland intersection and entrance to the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    “It’s lucky nobody was hurt,” Tice added.

    Drivers, Tice said, are “constantly pulling out to try to beat the traffic” at that intersection.

  • Jennies Branch? Jinny's Branch? Nope, now it's Sauce Pan Creek

    ‘Jinny’s Branch’ exists no more, at least in signage.

    As of Aug. 9, signs at a bridge on N.C. 179 previously designating “Jinny’s Branch” have been replaced with new ones marking “Sauce Pan Creek.”

    Katie Hite, traffic engineer for NCDOT Division 3, said her department was notified by Brunswick County that the official naming of that water feature had been revised.

    “Therefore, we changed to be in accordance with that,” Hite said last week.

  • Brunswick County Animal Shelter can't use Saturday volunteers

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter will continue to suspend its Saturday operating hours, despite the offer of a nonprofit animal rescue group to provide volunteers.

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) submitted a written proposal last month to David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department.

    The proposal, described by RACE founder and organizer Cheri McLain as a “fiscally neutral mitigation,” was for RACE volunteers to staff the animal shelter from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays free of charge to the county.