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  • Shallotte Police Officer of the Year

    First Sgt. Chip McKeithan of the Shallotte Police Department won the officer of the year award for 2010. The recipient was selected by his fellow officers.

    “Every year, all of the officers vote on the officer of the year at the end of the year,” said Chief Rodney Gause. “I think they voted for him because of the way he has stepped to the plate.”

    McKeithan, born and raised in Ash, has been employed with the Shallotte Police Department for 11 years and five months.

  • Sink or Swim–Port groups not backing down

    Part 1 of a 2-part series

    Sink or Swim…Is NCIT holding its breath to resurface later?

    It has been widely reported across the state that the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) port project is on hold.

  • Neighbors express their concerns over First Tee expansion

    It comes as no surprise that The First Tee of Brunswick County is planning to expand its facilities.

    First Tee officials first approached the county for permits in 2008. However, as the time for construction to begin is drawing near and plans have been altered from their original concept, neighbors are expressing their concerns.

    A November article published in The Brunswick Beacon outlined the plans. The First Tee of Brunswick County wants to construct an 11,000-square-foot residential academy and a practice facility on 10 acres adjacent to its present location.

  • Brunswick County foreclosures make the top ten 3 times in 2010

    North Carolina broke the state foreclosure filing record in 2010. An analysis released this week by the N.C. Justice Center found that approximately one in every 63 housing units in North Carolina faced foreclosure filings last year.

    The study found Mecklenburg and Union counties were the worst off with one in 34 housing units in foreclosure. Brunswick and New Hanover counties both placed in the top 10 counties in total foreclosures.

  • Free, free, free

    Have you ever been to a yard sale where everything is free?

    That’s right, free. The First Baptist Church of Shallotte is holding its second annual “Great New Year Giveaway.”

    The concept is simple: It’s a yard sale where everything is free.

    “We emphasize there are no strings attached,” said Pastor Robert Weathers. “The only requirement is you show up and take what you need.”

  • Monday, Tuesday designated make-up days for Brunswick County Schools

    Brunswick County Schools students will make-up missed school days due to weather on Monday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 25 

    Superintendent Edward Pruden made a Connect-Ed call Monday evening and said students will report to school all week next week, with Monday and Tuesday being designated make-up days.

    A non-required teacher workday is scheduled for Jan. 22.

  • Eyes on Brunswick County

    Alarming, absolutely 100 percent alarming. I am referring to Brunswick County’s “Teen Mom,” Jenelle Evans. As America watches her life unravel, her angry tirades, her violence toward her mother and her neglect of her child on television, I can think only one thing—who is reaching out to help this troubled young woman?

    At the age of 19, she is merely a child herself. Instead of gawking at her life, those who know her should be reaching out. The fact that she needs help is glaringly obvious.

  • 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.

    •Christina Nicole Ward, 18, of 2528 Shell Point Road S.W., was charged with two counts of felony financial credit-card fraud and two counts of misdemeanor larceny of a purse. She was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $4,000 bond.

  • McIntyre announces federal funding for fire departments

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced more than $125,000 in federal funding will help two local fire departments purchase equipment for operations and safety improvements.

    According to a press release, the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department will receive $84,778. Firefighter Chris Grace said the funding will allow the department to purchase about 15 self-contained breathing apparatuses, which will replace older ones. Grace said replacing older units is vital.

  • Two arrested, one sought after search warrants lead authorities to more than $15,000 of stolen property

    Two people have been arrested and one remains wanted after the Brunswick County South End Task Force recovered more than $15,000 in stolen property.

    According to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deborah Istvan, 39, of 559 Hughes Trail, Shallotte, has been charged with five counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, four counts of financial transaction card and four counts of financial identity.