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  • Firefighter loses his home

     A Brunswick County firefighter lost his home on Thursday.

    A fire broke out at 378 Walking Horse Point, Shallotte on Thursday, July 28 shortly after 2 p.m.

    According to Civietown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Hewett, the fire completely destroyed the home. More than 30 firefighters were called to battle the blaze.

    Hewett said he called for extra backup due to the heat.

  • Shallotte town officials discuss Smith Avenue

     SHALLOTTE—The new traffic pattern in Shallotte has been in place for nearly a month and several business owners aren’t happy with the transition.

    And drivers are having a hard time finding their way around town.

    The new portion of Smith Avenue routes traffic behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center to a new stoplight intersection connecting to N.C. 130 to Holden Beach. Upon approaching the intersection, drivers are discovering the roadways are not marked.

  • Business owners speak out about Smith Avenue Extension

      SHALLOTTE—In tough economic times, several businesses in town feel like the new Smith Avenue Extension is costing them even more.

    “It has been more than an annoyance. It has had a fairly substantial impact on this end of the shopping center,” said Doug Turner, owner of Douglas Diamonds Jewelers in the Shallotte Crossing shopping center. “It hasn’t just affected my business. It has been real bad for other businesses including myself.”

  • Northern investor buys Brick Landing

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The new owner of Brick Landing Plantation Golf and Country Club hopes to re-open the course by October.

    On Monday, July 25, Lawrence P. Doyle, chairman and CEO of Katierich Asset Management, LLC in Elmsford, N.Y., announced the purchase of the country club.

    “Effective immediately, Mr. Doyle stated he will begin to implement significant capital improvements with the goal of opening Brick Landing by October of 2011,” states a press release issued by Katierich Asset Management.

  • Politicians to speak at a Stop the Violence Rally

     SHALLOTTE—One group is striving to put an end to violence.

    The N.O.T.T.T. Foundation (Nothing Other Than the Truth), a nonprofit organization founded by Raymond Bates of Boiling Spring Lakes in 2007, is planning a Stop the Violence rally Saturday, July 30, in Shallotte.

    “We are trying to better the community by getting crime off the streets,” Bates said.

    He feels there are very few resources in the community to entertain youth and feels strongly about creating a healthy environment for the youth of Brunswick County.

  • 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.

    •Ernest Lee Lewis, 26, of 34 Paisley Drive, Shallotte, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Subject struck the victim in the head with a television table.

  • 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.

    •Ernest Lee Lewis, 26, of 34 Paisley Drive, Shallotte, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Subject struck the victim in the head with a television table.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •April Kristina Faircloth, 27, of 170 Michael Lucas Lane, Dunn, was arrested for assault on a government official, resisting public officer; subject assaulted a government official at a restaurant on Causeway Drive.

  • Reserve officers to be considered for beach patrol in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will consider a proposal to use reserve police officers for beach patrol at its upcoming monthly meeting next Monday night, Aug. 1.

    A 6:45 p.m. work session will precede the regular called meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall.

    At their monthly workshop July 19, council members mulled a proposal to start using reserve officers to serve in a beach patrol capacity, in lieu of current code enforcement officers currently on duty.

  • Calabash gets 'sneak peek' at new town administrator

    CALABASH—A crowd that converged for Town Hall Day last week got a chance to meet new town administrator Chuck Nance, who officially starts his new duties next Monday, Aug. 1.

    Nance, transferring to Calabash from his work as a senior planner for the past 10-and-a-half years with Isothermal Planning & Development Commission of western North Carolina, told citizens he is looking forward to his new job and move to the Seafood Capital.