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  • Sheriff's detectives search for missing person

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing person.

    Tom Joseph Deane, 59, of Calabash, was last seen Saturday, Jan. 2.

    Deane is a white male with blue eyes and salt and pepper hair. He is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

    He was wearing a gray hooded shirt and blue jeans, and drives a 1968 blue Volkswagen Bug.

    Anyone with information about Deane or his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at 253-2743, or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

  • Shallotte approves annexation, rezoning, plat

    Shallotte has approved a preliminary plat for a 1.01-acre tract off Whiteville Road for the possible location of a future of First Bank branch.

    At the request of the town planning board during its meeting last month, developers have converted the private driveway to a private road, assigned a road name and installed a street sign.

    The property is at the corner of Whiteville Road and Lowe’s/Planet Fun driveway.

  • Shallotte police vehicle goes missing; detective's wife cited

    The wife of a Shallotte police detective has been cited for possessing and operating a Shallotte Police Department Jeep without permission on Dec. 26.

    According to police chief Rodney Gause, the Jeep, which is used by a police detective, was missing for about 45 minutes to an hour. Police located it in the Home Depot parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.

    Karen Elisabeth King, 38, of 381 Gray Bridge Road, Shallotte, has been cited for taking and operating a 2000 Jeep Cherokee belonging to the Town of Shallotte without consent.

  • Schools, sheriff discuss SRO costs

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met with Sheriff John Ingram to discuss the escalating cost of School Resource Officers (SRO) salaries and overtime costs.

    Board members Shirley Babson and Scott Milligan, who also serves as the finance chair, met with Ingram Tuesday to discuss the temporary contract for SRO services approved last month.

    The board had been operating with no contract since July and approved a contract through the end of January which agreed to pay all SRO salaries, benefits and fixed costs on a monthly billing cycle with no set limit.

  • Community says ensuring safe schools most important for new superintendent

    BOLIVIA—According to the Brunswick County community, providing a safe environment for students and staff is the most important quality the next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools must possess.

    A survey facilitated by the North Carolina School Boards Association garnered 651 responses—355 from the community and 296 from staff members.

    “You had excellent response to your surveys,” Kathy Boyd, senior staff attorney with the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) told the board of education Tuesday afternoon.

  • Board of education settles lawsuit for $80,000

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has settled a lawsuit filed by the family who claim their child was molested by a former custodian.

    Board attorney Kathleen Tanner Kennedy announced the board settled the lawsuit filed by David and Melinda Cooper for $80,000—$75,000 from board of education funds and $5,000 from the North Carolina School Boards Trust (NCSBT).

  • R.C. Soles Jr. won't seek re-election

    By DEUCE NIVEN

    Tabor-Loris Tribune

    TABOR CITY—It’s over.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., North Carolina’s longest serving lawmaker ever, will not seek re-election in 2010.

    His decision, announced today, ends an unprecedented era in North Carolina politics. First elected to the N.C. House in 1968, Soles will have served in the legislature for 42 years when the next session of the General Assembly ends, a little less than a year from now.

  • Shallotte police arrest more suspects in connection with Hardee's robbery

    Police have charged four more suspects in the Dec. 12 armed robbery of Hardee’s on Main Street.

    On Dec. 23, police arrested Gettie Levon Bellamy III, 19, of 3266 Brinkley Road, Longs, S.C., the suspected gunman, and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, both felonies. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Grievance justified closed meeting, Carolina Shores mayor says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby said a closed commissioners’ meeting to discuss town personnel policy Dec. 10 was justified because it related to an EEOC grievance filed by a town employee.

    Selby, town administrator Linda Herncane and town clerk Lisa Anglin said at a Dec. 30 interview with the Beacon they were not at liberty to discuss the grievance or who filed it.

  • Stormwater, more workers on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—2010 may be the year for the town to address at length its stormwater issues.

    At their first monthly meeting of the year this Thursday, town commissioners are to discuss hiring professionals to help solve stormwater problems.

    The town’s stormwater system and its accompanying issues also dominate the list of a proposed board retreat for March 9 and 10, in addition to paving projects.