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  • Oct. 1, 1994: Teetering on the brink of justice

    If you’ve never been a victim of a violent crime, or lost a loved one to a murder, the date Oct. 1, 1994, may not mean anything to you.

    But if you have, chances are you know the date well.

    North Carolina lawmakers enacted the Structured Sentencing Law in 1994, which eliminated parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.

    “However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines,” according to the parole commission.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZER - Ronnie Robinson

    For the first time, the Brunswick County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has representation on the state level.

    Ronnie Robinson, of Supply, is serving as the state treasurer of the NAACP.

    “It started back several years ago after attending the various state conferences and going to the various meetings in the state concerning the NAACP,” Robinson said of his interest in having a state position.

  • Your Brunswick weekend entertainment guide

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these events happening in and around Brunswick County.

    Friday, March 26

    7 p.m. Bingo, Shallotte Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road (half-mile east of Wal-Mart.) Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For details, call 754-4921.

  • Sheriff's deputies searching for stolen vehicle, suspect in Calabash

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the suspect or suspects wanted for stealing a truck in the Calabash area last weekend.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release, sheriff’s deputies are searching for a white 2000 Chevrolet K-1500 extended cab truck stolen between 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and 7 a.m. Sunday, March 28, from Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in this investigation.

  • Twenty-six-year fugitive has Calabash address

    WILMINGTON—A fugitive from justice arrested Wednesday on identity-theft charges has a Calabash address.

    An overnight FBI fingerprint investigation determined the suspect, 69-year-old Charles Lee Sparks, is a 26-year fugitive who escaped June 17, 1983, from the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, Fla., after serving one year of a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking.

    A fugitive-from-justice warrant was served Thursday on Sparks, who is being held without bond at the New Hanover County Detention Facility.

  • Unemployment reaches peak in January; tourist businesses begin hiring from large pool

    Local business owners say they’re seeing a lot of qualified applicants for seasonal jobs due to the large number of jobseekers in the area.

    The unemployment rate in Brunswick County reached 13.7 percent in January, and local officials say the rate is likely decreasing now that local tourism-based businesses are hiring.

  • Milsap returns to Tarheel roots during N.C. tour that includes stop in Brunswick

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    BOLIVIA—Ronnie Milsap was in his comfort zone Monday night.

    As the legendary recording star entertained a crowd at Brunswick Community College, he felt right at home.

    “I’m a Tarheel—a native North Carolinian,” the longtime entertainer reminded the audience during the concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • College changing former strip club into new south-end facility

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College is converting a former adult entertainment business into a new campus center for the South Brunswick Islands.

    About two weeks ago, BCC president Stephen Greiner said the college paid $1 million in bond-referendum funding for a 15,300-square-foot building that previously housed the Close Encounters strip club, along with 4.35 acres of property, off U.S. 17.

  • Sheriff's office searching for breaking and entering suspect

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for an 18-year-old Supply man wanted for multiple car break-ins.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, detectives are searching for Daniel Adam Orlick, 18, of Supply. Orlick is wanted for multiple counts of breaking and entering to motor vehicles in the Oyster Harbor and Shell Point areas of Supply.

    The break-ins were reported between March 16 and March 18.

    Anyone with information about Orlick or his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Tony Caison at 253-2777.

  • Two suspects arrested for large marijuana growing operation

    Two suspects have been arrested after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit dismantled a large indoor marijuana growing operation in Shallotte.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, around 4 p.m. Friday, drug agents executed a search warrant at 5801 Washington Road, Shallotte, where they found 59 marijuana plants inside the residence.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents have been investigating the operation for a month.