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  • Sheriff's substation grand opening today

    A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Brunswick County Sheriff's Office South Substation took place this morning, Tuesday, May 26, at Carolina Shores Resort, 10176 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    Across the street from a bank, the newly opened Brunswick County Sheriff’s Substation is already a welcome presence in the Carolina Shores Resort condominium complex.

  • Emergency services department launches new initiatives for 2009 hurricane season

    BOLIVIA—Whether it’s Ana, Joaquin, Odette or Wanda that makes landfall in Brunswick County, emergency officials are ready for whatever the 2009 hurricane season may bring.

    Hurricane season begins June 1, and Brunswick County Emergency Services Department officials have unveiled a several new initiatives to ensure all residents are prepared and safe during a hurricane.

    From a new Web site, to a social media application, to two new shelter plans, emergency officials are prepared for the 2009 hurricane season.

  • Coty to close Leland facility by Dec. 31

    LELAND—Coty Inc. has announced it will close its Leland assembly facility, which employs 90 people, by Dec. 31.

    Cary Newman, general manager of Coty operations in Wilmington, announced last week that production in the Coty plant in Rocky Point will be phased out over the next year, costing 420 jobs, and the Leland facility, a returns processing and promotional assembly center, will be closed by the end of the year.

  • Island off Holden Beach to be sold at public auction

    HOLDEN BEACH—For years, recreational boaters have used it as a place for fishing, picnicking and even camping, but now a large part of Monk Island, between Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway, will be sold to the highest bidder.

    The tract is being offered at public auction at 1 p.m. June 20 at The Isles Restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach, according to Iron Horse Auction Co. Inc. of Rockingham, which has been chosen to handle the sale.

  • 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.