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  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •System fail to return atm card; the victim’s NC employment security commission card was not returned when the victim attempted to use it at the First Citizen’s Bank atm machine.

    •Fraud at Go Gas; victim put gas in vehicle in amounts of $47.33 and $29.99 and their card reflected two charges of $75 each.

  • Missing Person

    Robin Michelle Mitchell, 38, from the Leland area was reported missing to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Dec. 27.

    Mitchell is described as a white female with blonde hair and brown eyes. She weighs approximately 145 pounds and is 5 foot 2 inches.

    Mitchell was last seen on Nov. 4 driving a bronze colored 2002 Mercury Sable towards the Wilmington area. Mitchell has not returned to her residence nor made contact with her family since her disappearance.

  • Healthcare in 2011: Officials get ready for reform, new hospital, other changes in the New Year

    Though federal reform hasn’t fully kicked in, changes in healthcare are already evident in Brunswick County.
    In 2010, a new facility for the nonprofit New Hope Clinic opened in Boiling Spring Lakes.
    In 2011, Brunswick Community Hospital will move to a brand new building north of the current facility on U.S. 17. And longtime Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey is retiring.
    “From our perspective, [healthcare] is not going to change this year,” Yousey said in a recent interview, speaking on his department’s outlook for the New Year.
    At the same time, they’re preparing for it.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Sweepstakes back in business

  • Workshop Monday, meeting Jan. 6 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will convene at its monthly pre-agenda meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at town hall.
    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6.
    Copies of meeting agendas are available through deputy town clerk Nicole Marks.

  • Fire board letter: Apologize

    The Calabash Fire Department is taking issue with the county’s emergency radio system as well as recent statements by county emergency services director Anthony Marzano.
    Last week, the Calabash board of directors sent a letter to Brunswick County commissioners stating Marzano owes the department and its firefighters an apology for “the public embarrassment experienced by the firefighters” following a Nov. 30 fire at Capt. John’s Seafood House in Calabash.
    The letter references an issue of radios working improperly during the fire.

  • Three fires in 24 hours keep Brunswick County firefighters busy

    Brunswick County firefighters spent a busy Monday and Tuesday battling three residential fires. For two families their homes were a total loss and a third was contained to the chimney area of the home. One person was transported to the hospital.

    According to Scott Garner, Brunswick County Fire Marshal, the first fire came in the afternoon hours on Monday at Pinecliff Drive in Leland.

  • Winter storm warning in effect through Sunday evening

    As snow approaches the area, a winter storm warning has been issued for Brunswick County. The warning will be in effect though Sunday evening.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has indicated snowfall, with possible accumulation, could happen Saturday night into Sunday. One to two inches of snow accumulation is possible before the system moves out of the area Sunday afternoon. Higher accumulation totals may be possible inland away from the coast.

  • Fired DSS director sues women who made sexual harassment claims against him

    The saga continues.

    Jamie Orrock, the former Department of Social Services director who was fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, has now sued the women who accused him of harassment.

    On Monday, Dec. 20, Orrock filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court against Celia Lienau, Rebecca Ring and Sharon Billingsly for claims of libel, slander, defamation and civil conspiracy.

    The three defendants had all previously claimed Orrock had sexually harassed them in the past. Orrock claims their statements led to his termination as DSS director.

  • Tax increase would be required for countywide curbside recycling

    BOLIVIA—For countywide curbside recycling to be a feasible option in Brunswick County, commissioners would have to raise the tax rate to fund the collection.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone delivered the news to commissioners at a workshop Monday afternoon.

    Stone said a recent legal opinion from the North Carolina School of Government determined the county could not levy a recycling fee.