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  • Stimulus money reported to phantom congressional districts

    More than $5.7 million in federal stimulus money went to North Carolina’s 37th, 86th, 24th, 14th and 91st congressional districts, according to the government-run Web site that tracks American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

    The problem?

    North Carolina only has 13 congressional districts.

    According to www.recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks how and where American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money is being spent, $5,722,231 was designated to the nonexistent districts, plus district 00.

  • Escaped inmate captured in Maryland

    Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar, the inmate who was mistakenly released from the Brunswick County Detention Center in September, has been captured in Baltimore.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Francisco, with the department’s professional standards division, said Baltimore Police captured Rodriguez-Aguilar, 27, around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, during a routine traffic stop.

    Rodriguez-Aguilar is in a Baltimore jail on a $40,000 secured bond and a detainer, “meaning he shouldn’t be able to get out,” Francisco said.

  • Forecaster: Recession recovery will be slow

    HICKMANS CROSSROADS—The recent economic downturn been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, “one for the history books,” UNC Wilmington Senior Economist Woody Hall told a group gathered last week for his economic forecast presentation.

    Hall was the presenter last Thursday night at Crow Creek clubhouse, where local Wells Fargo Advisors had invited members of the community to hear his predictions on national, state and local economies.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for statutory rape suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Hispanic male suspected of raping an underage female victim.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said deputies are searching for Noel Velasquez, 17. Velasquez is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

    According to Davis, Velasquez was charged with statutory rape of a victim more than four years, but less than six years younger than he is.

  • Attempted carjacking, stabbing reported at Food Lion near Holden Beach

    A 69-year-old Supply man was stabbed multiple times during an attempted carjacking in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Sabbath Home Road on Saturday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said the man was stabbed multiple times after leaving the Food Lion with his groceries around 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

    The man was loading his groceries into a Dodge Caravan minivan when the suspect attempted to steal his car, stabbing the victim multiple times before fleeing on foot toward Ocean View Avenue, Davis said.

  • Plans 'full bore ahead' for Calabash Town Center

    CALABASH—A developer of Calabash Town Center said plans are proceeding “full bore ahead” after a master site plan was approved 3-2 last week by Calabash commissioners.

    Developer Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners hopes to have work on the future multi-family and commercial project under way by next February, which is about a year later than he had originally projected.

  • Setback rules on Sunset Beach Planning Board agenda

    Setback rules on Sunset Beach Planning Board agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Amendments for setback dimensional requirements on through lots in all Sunset Beach zoning districts are on the agenda of the next planning board meeting Dec. 3.

    The issue will be addressed at a public hearing, along with the definition of a “through lot” and proposed rezoning of the last area in the town’s jurisdiction zoned AF-1 to MR-1.

    The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the town hall conference room.

     

  • Sheriff's substation thriving in Calabash after May opening

    CALABASH—Six months to the date after its grand opening, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office South Substation in Calabash is doing well, overseers say.

    The station, which officially opened May 26, has proven to be a vital presence in a building along Beach Drive in downtown Calabash that previously served as an office at Carolina Shores Resort.

  • Board discusses charging fees for time involved in public records requests

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is considering charging a fee for excessive public records requests.

    They say many staff hours and attorney fees are incurred in furnishing those requests. Charging such fees, according to legal counsel for the North Carolina Press Association, is illegal.

  • Sunset Beach runners warming up for first Thanksgiving Turkey Trot on island

    SUNSET BEACH—Local runners won’t be doing much gobbling this Thanksgiving, that is, not until they’ve run in the first Sunset Beach Turkey Trot.

    The 5K run is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Sixth Street and Canal Drive on the Sunset Beach island.

    Participants will head east down Canal, eventually cutting over to Main Street and looping west toward North Shore Drive before heading back east to the finish line at the same intersection where the run begins.