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  • County's purchase of used animal gas chamber questioned

    A refurbished gas chamber purchased for use at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter may have had leaks that caused employees to get sick in Reidsville, a local animal activist claims.

    Peter MacQueen of Southport, president of The Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, last week took issue with the county’s recent purchase of the refurbished metal carbon monoxide chamber to euthanize animals at the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    MacQueen said the unit was previously used in Reidsville, which had a chamber with “serious carbon monoxide gas leaks.”

  • World War II veteran seeks rightful owner of Japanese medal

    SUPPLY—Alex Moskowitz has collected more than 80 years worth of memories, among them numerous swimming medals; his U.S. Army induction and discharge papers; photos of his time in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines and Okinawa; news clippings of important days in history and family snapshots.

    But he says one such memory he’s held on to for 65 years doesn’t properly belong to him.

  • Shallotte police arrest four for armed robbery at Coastal Cinemas

    Shallotte Police have arrested four suspects in an armed robbery reported Sunday evening at Coastal Cinemas that sent one employee to the hospital.

    Seth Gattis Andre Evans, 20, of 2350 Blackbeard Road, Supply, and Jarrell Lamar Smith, 20, of 1155 Hale Swamp Road, Shallotte, were both charged with robbery with a dangerous weapons, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of assault with a deadly weapons inflicting serious injury.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Taking aim: Citizens' academy participants take to the range

    Shots rang out in a Bolivia field Saturday morning, piercing the crisp autumn air. Some fired revolvers, while others fired a submachine gun.

    But it was all in a day’s lesson.

    On Saturday, Nov. 14, members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office fifth citizens’ academy left the classroom behind, instead opting for a day at the shooting range.

  • West Brunswick celebrates 331 honor roll students

    More than 300 students made the A and A/B Honor Roll for the first nine weeks at West Brunswick High School.

    To celebrate the students’ accomplishments, the school had a breakfast Friday morning, where students were individually recognized and given certificates of achievement.

    “At this level, it’s so important to encourage good grades,” Beth Zettlemoyer, attendance clerk, said. “We want to give them accolades. We want to tell them ‘Thank you.’”

  • Arson suspected in Sunset Harbor blaze

    SUNSET HARBOR—Arson is suspected in the late-night blaze that destroyed a Sunset Harbor home Saturday night.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Steve Mason said arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a waterfront home on Ironwood Drive in Sunset Harbor. No one was inside the home when it the fire was reported around 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, Mason said. No other homes were threatened during the blaze, Mason said.

    The homeowner lives in Rockingham, and nobody was living in the home at the time it caught fire.

  • Benefit planned for boy with brain tumor, cancer

    A yard and bake sale benefit will take place Saturday for a former Union Elementary School student who is battling cancer.

    The benefit day is planned for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Coastal Tire in Shallotte. The event will help 13-year-old Nick Patrick, who moved to Georgia from Brunswick County several years ago.

  • Telephone sweepstakes approved for Calabash's central business district

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved an amendment allowing telephone promotional sweepstakes in the central business district but took no action on requiring additional parking for the machines.

    The measure approved at the board’s monthly meeting Nov. 10 adds “telephone promotional sweepstakes” as a permitted use for retail establishments in the central business district.

  • Record crowd braves tropical downpour to honor veterans in Calabash

    CALABASH—A record crowd ventured through a late seasonal tropical downpour from Hurricane Ida to attend a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

  • Seven years after abduction, Alice Donovan finally laid to rest

    This past Saturday, Alice Donovan was finally laid to rest at a cemetery in South Carolina.

    Seven years ago to the date—on Nov. 14, 2002—the Galivants Ferry, S.C., woman was kidnapped and killed by two Kentucky prison escapees who were on a desperate run.

    On that date, Chadrick Fulks and Brandon Basham abducted Donovan in her car from the parking lot of Walmart in Conway, S.C., and headed north.

    They drove Donovan to Brunswick County before returning to Horry County, S.C., later that evening.