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  • Two arrested for breaking into Aarons; chase leaves one injured

    Two Lumberton men were arrested and a woman injured Saturday night after leading Shallotte Police on a chase when they were caught breaking into Aarons on Holden Beach Road.

    According to the police report, detective Eric King responded to an alarm at the store and saw the suspects fleeing the scene. A car chase ensued down Main Street and onto Express Way, where they ran the car into a dead end and jumped out.

    According to the accident report, the suspects’ car exceeded 120 mph at one point and was going about 80 mph at the time of the wreck.

  • Fatality, head-on collision on Brunswick roads over weekend

    Two wrecks on Brunswick County roads over the weekend left one woman dead and several children injured.

    Around 10 p.m. Sunday, May 24, Tammy Herring Oswalt, 34, of 4629 Pine Hollow Road, Wilmington, was killed after she was thrown from her motorcycle.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris, Oswalt was driving north on N.C. 133 near Belville at about 65 mph when her 2007 Yamaha motorcycle ran off the road and struck the guardrail.

  • Three elected officials satisfy tax debts, others still owe property taxes

    Three of the elected officials who were deemed delinquent taxpayers by the county have paid their tax debts. Others still owe property taxes.

    County commissioner Marty Cooke and his wife, board of education member Catherine Cooke, have paid their taxes in full, according to Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry.

    Bolivia Alderman Warren Knox has paid his full share of owed taxes, Perry said.

  • Drug agents arrest four suspects after searching Shallotte home

    After serving a search warrant on a Shallotte home, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have charged four suspects with various drug and weapons charges.

    According to drug agent Jeff Beck, drug agents executed a search warrant at 940 Whiteville Road in Shallotte on May 20. During the search of the home, agents seized a stolen Glock .40-caliber handgun, 30 15-milligram Roxicodone tablets, 8 grams of cocaine, 15 .5-milligram Xanax tablets and drug paraphernalia, including pipes, scales and packaging material.

  • Shallotte seeks info from River's Edge before renewing bond

    The Shallotte aldermen want to hear from the developers of River’s Edge before agreeing to extend bond agreements another six months.

    After much discussion, the board decided at Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting to ask Bobby Lewis of Coastal Development, who is also on the town’s planning board, to come to the next meeting and talk about how long each of the planned projects in the community will take and how much time is needed.

  • Shallotte receives grant for farmers market improvements

    The state Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (TTFC) has agreed to grant the town of Shallotte $24,000 to improve the town’s farmers market in Riverside Park.

    On Tuesday evening, the board of aldermen approved a contract with the TTFC to provide $12,230 proposed for a storage facility; $6,880 for displays, product tables and canopies; and $5,000 for advertising and promotions.

    The grant requires no matching funds.

  • Developer responds to county's bank attachments, default declarations

    With $1.3 million in unpaid property taxes owed to the county, Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry moved to attach developer Mark Saunders’ bank account to begin to recoup the money.

    On May 19, Perry attached one of Saunders’ bank accounts for $125,847.

    But in a statement released last week, Saunders said he has yet to pay his property tax bill because the county owes him money.

  • Holden Beach veterans honor fallen heroes at Memorial Day ceremony

    HOLDEN BEACH—Col. Joe Alano holds Memorial Day sacred, setting it apart from other days to honor those who “gave their lifeblood for their comrades in arms.”

    Alano, director of the JROTC program at West Brunswick High School, addressed others who also consider the day a special one at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at VFW Post 8866, Holden Beach.

    “We who are gathered at [here] pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for their country and who now walk with angels,” he said.

  • Southport woman murdered in home

    SOUTHPORT—The backdoor of Gladys Myrie’s 11th Street home was slashed and the window broken when a relative called 911 around 1:20 p.m. Friday, May 22, to report what he thought was suspicious.

    When asked if Myrie was at home, he told the dispatcher didn’t know.

    But when Southport Police arrived at the home Friday afternoon, they found her dead in her bedroom. Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said the cause of death was a stab wound, but did not know how many times she was stabbed.

  • A day to remember those who gave all

    They gave all, and once again they are being honored and remembered.

    Ceremonies paying tribute to the hundreds of thousands of military men and women who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice in defending American freedom are scheduled this coming Memorial Day holiday weekend in Brunswick County.

    Calabash and Holden Beach

    Memorial Day services are scheduled in Calabash and Holden Beach VFW—at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25.