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  • Tree-protection amendment, definitions tabled in Calabash

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—Should town trees be measured in calipers or calibers, and what is the difference?

    Why not just adopt a term for tree protection that everyone can understand, like “diameter,” a resident suggested.

    Town commissioners decided to table a proposed tree-protection amendment and natural resources definitions Tuesday night to clarify details.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward said the correct term is “caliber,” having to do with diameter.

  • ELECTION 2010: Contenders seeking state judicial seats

    STAFF REPORT

    Robert C. (Bob) Hunter of Raleigh filed Monday for election to an eight-year term as associate justice to the North Carolina Supreme Court in the nonpartisan race. The seat is currently held by Ed Brady.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, nonpartisan candidate Jane Gray of Raleigh filed Monday for a seat currently held by Ann Marie Calabria.

    Leto Copeley of Hillsborough filed Monday for another N.C. Court of Appeals seat currently held by Rick Elmore.

  • ELECTION 2010: Incumbents, challengers file for state representative seats

    STAFF REPORT

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) filed for re-election Monday at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia.

    Democratic challenger Leonard Jenkins of Leland also filed Monday as Iler’s challenger for the N.C. House District 17 race.

    Another Democratic candidate, James A. Knox of Leland, filed Tuesday.

  • Election 2010: Candidate filing opens for county, state and federal races

    And they’re off—candidate filing for the 2010 election has opened.

    At noon Monday, Feb. 8, candidate filing opened for county, state and federal races. Among the candidates on hand Monday afternoon at the Brunswick County Board of Elections were county commissioner Phil Norris, who filed for re-election, and Corrine McCray, a Calabash Republican, who said she planned to challenge Norris for the District 1 county commissioner seat.

  • BLT brings slapstick comedy to town with first production of 'Forum'

    The bawdy, slapstick musical comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” is the latest production from Brunswick Little Theatre. It is the first time in the group’s 26-year-history it has tackled the show.

    BLT’s performance of the hit Broadway show will debut Feb. 18 at Odell Williamson Auditorium and run for one weekend only.

    “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” originally opened on Broadway in 1962, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

  • Shallotte police investigate prescription drug theft

    Someone broke into Coastal Drug Store on Main Street early Sunday morning and stole $70,000 worth of prescription drugs.

    According to Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause, at about 4:50 a.m. Sunday, someone threw a cinderblock through the front door of the store, went straight to the pharmacy area and took containers of the following medication: Alprazolam, Balacet, Loracet, Vicodin, Darvocet, Cephalexis and Aciphex, each valued at $10,000.

  • Carolina Shores board approves sign responsibility

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town will take responsibility for a town-owned sign if the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association agrees to relinquish property on which the sign stands.

    Town commissioners voted at their Feb. 4 meeting to do maintenance on the brick-and-wood Carolina Shores sign in front of the POA clubhouse if the property is turned over at no charge to the town.

    Commissioner Tom Puls, who made a motion for the measure, said the town will accept the sign if the property is turned over to the town.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Cooper sues sheriff's office, sheriff Ingram and former sheriff Hewett

    George Cooper, the Leland man shot by two sheriff’s deputies in May 2007, has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff John Ingram and former sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court, claims sheriff’s deputies violated Cooper’s Fourth Amendment rights, “to be free from an unreasonable seizure of his person, and excessive use of force.”

  • Three arrested for large-scale prescription pill trafficking

    Prescription pill abuse and trafficking is on the rise, and drug agents say they have been combating the dangerous epidemic.

    Last week, drug agents arrested three suspects and seized about 850 prescription pills during a search warrant at several homes in Ash.

    Sgt. Israel West with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit said prescription pill trafficking and abuse in Brunswick County has “absolutely increased and is on the rise.”

    “It’s the No. 1 type of case we work right now,” West said.

  • Drinking and driving statistics unveiled at Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—As the Brunswick County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gets its footing in the county, MADD members recently got a glimpse of what they’re up against.

    “This epidemic affects us all in different ways,” MADD community action site leader Stacey Manning said.

    In November 2008, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office started a four-man grant-funded Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team specifically created to target impaired and aggressive drivers.