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  • Shallotte Police arrest rape suspect behind Waffle House

    Shallotte Police on Monday afternoon arrested a North Myrtle Beach, S.C., man in the woods behind the Waffle House for rape, strangulation and assault.

    According to Police Chief Rodney Gause, at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, a victim was reported being raped behind the Waffle House on Whiteville Road.

    At about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, someone spotted the suspect in the woods behind the restaurant, and police officers responded to the scene. Det. Ed Mardi and Det. Eric King responded, and King used a K-9 tracking dog to locate the suspect.

  • St. Brendan continues its expansion with sanctuary, bell tower

    St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church on U.S. 17 near Shallotte has been bursting at the seams for years. Construction on its new sanctuary is well under way and is set to be complete by the end of the year, according to church officials.

    Once completed, the new, 9,000-square-foot addition will house a larger sanctuary to make room for more worshipers, decreasing the number of Masses, Father Robert Ippolito said recently.

  • St. Brendan priest included in book of wisdom for young men

    The Rev. Hector LaChapelle, a priest at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, is featured in a new book called “A Better Man,” edited by Kelly Johnson.

    The book contains interviews and essays by famous and not-so-famous men with the intent of providing role models’ advice and observations on how to be a “better man” for boys and young men, according to a news release from the author.

  • Annexation bill includes controversial referendum, referred to committee

    A bill in the N.C. General Assembly that would allow property owners in towns and in areas towns plan to annex to force a referendum on the annexation has been referred to the House finance committee.

    Speaker of the House Joe Hackney broke a tie last week, sending the bill back to committee. Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island, along with other Republicans in the House, voted in favor of approving the bill.

    “I’m for anything that gives more rights to the property owners,” Iler said this week about his vote.

  • Resident agrees to fund beautification project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A town resident has offered to pay more than $1,400 for a town beautification project along Causeway Drive after Ocean Isle Beach board commissioners expressed concern about funding it with town money.

    Jim Myers, a resident and contractor, agreed to pay for curbing for a landscaped berm along Causeway Drive after town commissioners expressed concern for the financial end of the project.

  • Ocean Isle collects 98.85 percent of 2008-2009 taxes

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Less than 1 percent of last year’s taxes remain unpaid to the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tax collector Wendy Barbee provided the board of commissioners with a settlement report from the 2008-2009 fiscal year at Tuesday’s meeting. The report shows 98.85 percent of all taxes have been paid, which leaves 1.15 percent—$43,589—uncollected.

    “Kudos to Wendy Barbee,” Mayor Debbie Smith said. “She has been diligent,” in working to collect taxes.

    BEMC AGREEMENT

  • Business owner, others seek annexation to Oak Island while St. James seeks to take them in

    MIDWAY ROAD—Mike Richards, owner of Midway Trading Post at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road, is in the midst of his own annexation fight, but not in the state legislature. This fight is much closer to home.

    On May 8, Richards signed a petition to have the trading post property non-contiguously annexed to Oak Island in an effort to avoid St. James annexing the property. Other property owners in the Midway area have done the same.

    On May 12, the town of St. James called a special meeting and adopted a resolution of intent to annex the property.

  • Calabash board upholds sweepstakes denial for business

    CALABASH—The Calabash Board of Adjustment has upheld a decision to deny a business owner permission to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations.

    The action came after the owners of Nesbitt’s Jackass Saloon failed to show up for an appeals hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

    Business owner Ronald Nesbitt had filed an appeal from a previous decision by the town, seeking to install 30 sweepstakes computer stations at his business at 947-4 Carter Drive.

  • Sheriff’s office to open second substation in Leland

    LELAND—With 263 square miles to patrol in the northern end of the county, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to open its second substation in Leland.

    Headquartered in Bolivia, the sheriff’s office opened its first substation in Carolina Shores in May for residents in the southwestern part of the county.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Emergency director: Structural collapse drill deemed a success

    The victims lied motionless on the ground—bloodied, bruised and wounded—as they waited for emergency personnel to descend on the scene.

    Behind them was little more than rubble: shards of broken glass and wood in the place where a home once stood. The whirring of emergency radios grew louder as emergency crews approached the scene, where more victims were inside the mangled house.