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  • Wings of Love Prom Closet

    Crystal Williams had her choice of 500 dresses, all different styles and colors. She tried on a short black dress that tied in the back, then a light blue dress with beading. She looked at bright-colored dresses and some with muted tones. But after sifting through countless racks of dresses, she chose the first one she tried on—a long gown made of rich, brown chiffon.

    “It’s kind of plain, but it’s me,” she said.

    Being able to select a dress from the Wings of Love Prom Closet, Williams said, was a “dream.”

  • Five women arrested in prostitution sting

    Five women were arrested last week, with charges ranging from soliciting prostitution to drug possession.
    On Thursday, April 1, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit raided two local establishments they say are known for prostitution—Sun Day Spa in Longwood, where two women were arrested, and Playmates Exotic Dancing on U.S. 17, where another three women were arrested.

  • Board to interview final three superintendent candidates Tuesday

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will interview the final three superintendent candidates at a specially called meeting Tuesday, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Progress Energy Visitors Center in Southport.

    “We’re strictly focused on hiring a new superintendent,” Bud Thorsen, board chairperson, said Thursday afternoon.

    Of the 34 applications board members received, 10 were interviewed last month. Each board member was then told to select their top three choices, and the board members were unanimous in their decision.

  • Three men arrested for Supply area break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives arrested three suspects for a slew of break-ins in the Shell Point area of Supply.

    On March 30, detectives arrested Derrick Wesley Shepard, Evan James Coleman and Michael Anthony Clemmons for their alleged roles in the break-ins, which spanned from March 8 to March 27, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • County commissioners change meeting times, set annual budget retreat schedule

    Brunswick County Commissioners have changed their regular meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to hold any closed sessions before the 6:30 p.m. meeting begins, according to Debbie Gore, clerk to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

    The meetings are the first and third Mondays of each month at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Commissioners will recess their April 5 regular meeting to hold their annual budget retreat on Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7.

  • Sheriff's Office part of operation that busts large-scale drug ring

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit ended a three month investigation last week with the arrest of five suspects in Loris, S.C.

    On March 25, drug agents from Brunswick County, South Carolina and the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms executed a search warrant at a Loris, S.C., residence. Agents seized more than $180,000.00 in U.S. currency, a stock pile of weapons and more than 2 kilograms of cocaine.

  • Edward Trexler

    Edward Wagner Trexler, 84, of Shallotte, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family.

    He was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Detroit, a son of the late Egbert and Emma Wagner Trexler.

    He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.

    He retired as an electrician with IBEW Local Union No. 158 after 55 years of service.

  • Shattered justice: Did the system fail Amy Frink?

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at just 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice to her youngest daughter almost 16 years later.

    Amy Frink was born premature—so small, her mother says, her father could carry her in one hand.

  • Re-enactment shows realities of drunk driving to Brunswick County Academy students

    Barbara Musgrave stood quietly between Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and John Ponds of Andrews Mortuary Service.

    Surrounded by the sparking lights of a police car, an ambulance and fire trucks, she waited to get closer to her daughter, 17-year-old Academy student Marissa Beckman.

    As part of a drunk driving fatality re-enactment through the Keys to Life program, Musgrave knew what was waiting for her.

    She expected to see torn wreckage of damaged vehicles. She knew there would be lights and sirens.

  • Shallotte may abandon per-seat restaurant fees, switch to per-square-foot

    When James Lane, owner of Angelo’s Pizza and Bistro, had to fork over $17,000 in sewer capital reserve fees to the town of Shallotte before his restaurant opened, it wasn’t something he had planned.

    “That was a whole lot of money, and it was not originally in the budget,” Lane said recently. “We had to have that many seats to make the restaurant profitable, so we went ahead and paid it. There was no way around it.”