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  • Home sales increase, affect other parts of the economy

    Brunswick County agents sold 209 homes in September, up from 170 homes last September but down from 213 sold in August, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    Realtor Mary Ann Bechtel, who owns her own company in Ocean Isle Beach, said her office has been “extremely busy” since the end of July. She said her customers are mainly people seeking primary residences.

    “People are beginning to sell their homes in other parts of the country. Isn’t that good news?” Bechtel said.

  • One year in, ACE teams nets 167 DWI arrests

    It’s been one year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a grant that allowed them to start a four-man team aimed at reducing speeding and aggressive driving on Brunswick County’s roadways.

    A little more than 11 months into the endeavor, and the Brunswick County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team has arrested 167 drivers for driving while impaired. The squad also issued 1,202 speeding citations.

  • Motion to dismiss lawsuit against board of education filed

    BOLIVIA—Legal representation for the Brunswick County Board of Education has asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former central office employee.

    A motion to dismiss and answer to complaint was filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 22, in response to a lawsuit filed Aug. 28 on behalf of Sherry Dove.

  • Woman beats breast cancer while pregnant with second child

    Ellen Granade was looking forward to the next nine months after finding out she was pregnant with her second son in late February 2008. While consumed with the joys of a second pregnancy, she never expected to be carrying a baby and battling breast cancer simultaneously.

    A month after finding out she was pregnant, Granade, then 31, found a lump in her breast while lying in bed. After an ultrasound, a mammogram and an unsuccessful needle aspiration, the doctors decided to surgically remove the lump. Granade was 15 weeks pregnant at the time.

  • Shallotte officer under investigation

    The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an assault allegation against a Shallotte Police officer. No charges have been filed.

    An N.C. Department of Justice spokesperson has confirmed that officer Kyle Jones is being investigated for assault. The Shallotte Police Department requested the investigation Oct. 20, spokesperson Jennifer Canada said.

    The allegation was made after an arrest, according to Police Chief Rodney Gause.

  • Brunswick County woman dies of H1N1 complications

    A Brunswick County woman died last week from complications of the H1N1 influenza.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the Brunswick County woman died after doctors delivered her baby at Duke University Medical Center.

    Michael said he did not know the specifics surrounding the woman’s death, because her death was reported to health officials in Durham rather than Brunswick County, but confirmed it was due to complications of H1N1.

  • Climb aboard the Ghost Ship this weekend

    The U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, Oct. 24 and Oct. 30, for the Ghost Ship--a haunted battleship.

    Ghost Ship opened on Oct. 16 and 942 people attended opening night.

  • Wilmington Hammerheads encourage students to stay drug-free

    Professional soccer player Kenny Bundy knows from personal experience the importance of staying drug free.

    One of his best friends and high school soccer teammates was accidentally shot in the head and killed after an evening of drinking and drugs.

    "Could that have been prevented? Definitely," he said.

  • Property owners file suit against San Rio developers

    More than 50 lot owners at the now-stalled San Rio Ocean and River Club development have filed suit against developers, claiming they breached contracts with owners and misrepresented the community when they failed to install necessary development infrastructure.

    The suit, filed last week in Brunswick County Superior Court, claims breach of contract, breach of implied warranty and “fraudulent misrepresentation” and asks for at least $10,000 in damages for each claim.

  • Oyster Festival brings out shuckers, shaggers and seafood lovers

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Eddie Noles of Gastonia comes to the N.C. Oyster Festival every year to get a bushel of steamed oysters.

    “I don’t miss one,” he said Saturday afternoon, as he stood with other oyster lovers under a tent, shucking and eating one after the other.

    The long lines at the various food tents didn’t deter Noles and his fellow festival-goers from indulging in their favorite festival food or checking out the arts and crafts, music and other activities.