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  • Mother of inmate who died in jail sues sheriff's office, Ingram

    The mother of the inmate who died while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the wrongful death of her son.

    Beverly Vaught, the mother of Senaca Marrell Vaught, who was 32 when he died at the detention center Jan. 23, 2008, sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, detention officers Dustin Riddle, Karl Scoggins and Steven Gerstenmier, Brunswick County, Western Surety Co., Southern Health Partners and Arlene Stanley, according to the lawsuit.

  • Oak Island man killed in single vehicle crash

    An Oak Island man was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck when his car ran off the road and flipped several times.

    Travis Derrick Modlin, 25, of 219 N.E. 50th St., Oak Island, was traveling south on N.C. 133 in a 1994 Honda passenger car, according to First Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol. He ran off the road to the left. The car overturned several times, Morris said, before landing on its top.

    Modlin was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died.

    No other vehicles were involved, and no passengers were in the car.

  • Proposed park plans presented in Calabash

    CALABASH—Detailed drawings for a proposed town park drew mixed comments at a long-range planning committee meeting Jan. 21.

    Devaun Park developer and landscape designer Scott Stewart did the initial renderings as a contribution to the town.

    Proposed plans for the 1-acre site call for a park pavilion, stage and amphitheater area where concerts could be presented, picnic site, restrooms, outdoor grills, play and lawn sports areas, sidewalks, walking trail and gravel parking lot for 18 cars.

  • Main Street changes continue; two new businesses to open soon

    Main Street Shallotte has seen a lot of changes over the years, and it’s now in the middle of another facelift, thanks to various new businesses, additions and renovations taking place.

    A new drive-through coffee shop, East Coast Copper Cup, is now under construction beside McDonald’s and is expected to open at the end of February or first of March.

  • Sunset Beach assistant administrator set to retire on 62nd birthday

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—Larry Crim has seen lots of changes in his quarter-century working for the town of Sunset Beach.

    As the sun sets on his 25-year career in Sunset, the town’s longtime assistant administrator is being feted with a retirement party on his 62nd birthday this Friday.

    He’ll also be celebrating his launch into retirement, which includes remaining in the scenic coastal town he watched and helped grow.

    Now, Crim will finally find time to enjoy its many amenities.

  • Student's class ring, once lost, now found thanks to metal detective

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Amanda Bennett remembers the day she lost her class ring.

    It happened two summers ago, when the then 11-year-old Waccamaw School sixth-grader was babysitting with a friend at Sunset Beach.

    “Me and my best friend Morgan, we were on the beach with three little kids, and before I knew it one of them grabbed my ring and tore it off,” she recalled. “And before I knew it, it was gone.”

    The ring stayed gone.

  • Threat charge against nursing home resident's wife dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a communicating threats charge against Supply resident Beverly Galloway whose husband is a resident of Brunswick Cove.

    The charge, which originated with Brunswick Cove administrator Robert Watson, was dismissed Monday afternoon in Brunswick County District Court.

    Judge Scott Ussery dismissed the charge after hearing testimony from Watson and the nursing home employee who said she overheard Galloway make the threat.

  • Board names Tubb interim superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has named Les Tubb interim superintendent. He was appointed Jan. 21 following the announcement of Superintendent Katie McGee’s resignation.

    The board met for nearly two hours behind closed doors at a specially called meeting Thursday before announcing McGee’s resignation. The board went back into closed session for about an hour and a half before returning to announce Tubb had been named interim superintendent.

    The board called Tubb during closed session and offered him the position.

  • Superintendent voluntarily resigns

    Katie McGee, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, has voluntarily resigned from her position.

    At a specially called meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, board chairperson Bud Thorsen announced McGee and the board came to a “mutual agreement.” McGee’s resignation is effective Jan. 31.

  • Complaints filed against company offering over the phone real estate offers

    Some Brunswick County property owners are finding out a deal that appears to good to be true, just may be.

    A representative from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office has confirmed there has been two reported complaints against the company Global Properties but would not provide further details regarding the nature or status of the complaints.