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  • Woman organizes community forums to raise awareness about human trafficking

    Allysa McKenzie wants to make history. She wants to bring an end to human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

    McKenzie, an ordination ministry student and certified Christian counselor, is passionate about ending human trafficking. After attending Stand Against Trafficking (StAT) training in Fisher, Ind., last year, McKenzie said she was disturbed to learn 27 million people worldwide are living in some form of slavery include human trafficking and debt bondage.

  • Additional charges filed against Navassa police officer

    A Navassa Police officer arrested last week for sexual battery has been arrested on several additional charges, including sexual battery and statutory rape.

    On Thursday, Feb. 18, detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit arrested Jaymin Lenwood Murphy, 35, of 9586 Old Mill Road, Leland.

    He was charged with the first-degree rape of a child from a 2006 offense, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dumped shrimp settlement outlined in Varnamtown

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    VARNAMTOWN—More than 50 people, including local shrimpers, packed in Feb. 18 to hear representatives outline a trade-dispute settlement regarding dumped shrimp from Thailand.

    Representatives with the Southern Shrimp Alliance said the settlement with the Thai Frozen Foods Association would make at least $100 million in funds available for the domestic industry.

  • ELECTION 2010: No new filings for judicial seats

    STAFF REPORT

    No new candidates have filed for state judicial races as of Tuesday.

    N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice (Ed Brady seat)—Robert C. (Bob) Hunter and Barbara Jackson, both of Raleigh, had previously filed for the nonpartisan race.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, incumbent Ann Marie Calabria of Morrisville and challengers Jane Gray of Raleigh and Mark E. Klass of Lexington have filed for Calabria’s seat.

  • ELECTION 2010: Tyson files as fourth candidate for District 17 race

    STAFF REPORT

    Mac Tyson has cast his hat in the ring for election in the N.C. House District 17 race.

    Tyson, a former Cumberland County commissioner and senior legislative adviser who lives in Holden Beach, filed for the race against fellow Republican and incumbent Frank Iler (R-Brunswick), who is seeking re-election.

    Two Democratic challengers, Leonard Jenkins and Northwest Mayor James A. Knox, have also filed.

    DISTRICT 20

    State Rep. Dewey L. Hill is seeking re-election in the N.C. House District 20 race.

  • Man dies, child seriously injured in Shallotte Point wreck

    A Shallotte man was killed and his 2-year-old daughter severely injured after a two-car wreck Saturday on Pigott Road in the Shallotte Point area.

    The other driver involved in the crash was not injured and is facing several charges including felony hit and run and driving while impaired, according to 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Jorge Velasquez Sotomayor, 1510 Phelps St., Shallotte, died in New Hanover Regional Medical Center a day after the wreck occurred.

  • Hughes pushes for more board interaction, communication with public

    In the midst of construction crews building additions to town hall, Shallotte’s town administrator settles into his new office and prepares for an upcoming board retreat. His desk is piled high with plans, notes and blueprints.

    The March 10 board of aldermen is where Albert Hughes hopes to establish his goals as administrator and get aldermen more involved in planning the town’s future, he said recently.

  • U.S. 17 wrecks

    Two people were charged following two wrecks that occurred within minutes of each other in the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 near Smith Avenue last Wednesday, Feb. 17. In the first single-vehicle wreck called in at 12:46 p.m., the driver of a 1995 Chevrolet SUV ran off the road to the left, then went back across the highway to the right, struck a ditch, overturned and came to rest facing west in the ditch. In the second wreck reported at 12:58 p.m., the driver of a 2006 Nissan Xterra passing by the first wreck failed to reduce speed and rear-ended another vehicle.

  • Calabash commissioners start doing the math at first budget workshop

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—Town services requests were part of an initial discussion at a preliminary budget workshop Monday afternoon at town hall.

    Town administrator Marzy Marziano, town clerk Kelley Southward, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and three town commissioners took part in the hour-long session to start reviewing numbers for the upcoming fiscal 2010-2011 budget that takes effect July 1.

    The current fiscal 2009-2010 budget is $1,085,000.

  • Gas pumps fixed after weekend problems, owner says

    The gasoline at Quick-n-Easy Citgo gas station on Holden Beach Road is back to normal, the owner says, after several people complained last weekend about breakdowns.

    Station owner Verne Majors said this week the first incident happened Saturday night. Someone contacted him Sunday morning, and he immediately shut the station down.

    On Monday, he drained out all the gas in the pumps and replaced it with new gasoline.

    Majors said he sent customers who complained of breakdowns to local mechanics for assistance.