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  • VIDEO INCLUDED: DSS board breaks law; illegally enters into closed session

    Members of the Brunswick County Social Services board broke the law on Tuesday when they improperly entered into closed session under the attorney-client privilege provision of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    The problem? The DSS board does not have an attorney, either retained or employed by the board, as outlined in North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)3.

  • Busy month for OIB businesses

     

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Three new businesses are in the works for Ocean Isle Beach and the future looks bright for more.

    A surf shop, a scuba shop and a coffee/surf shop are all on the horizon for the town, reported Justin Whiteside, planning director.

    In the last month the planning and inspections department has issued permits for the three new businesses. Additionally, Second Street Bar & Grill is under new ownership, and a permit has been issued for the restaurant to be renamed Pelican’s Perch.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

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

    •Thor Gerard Thingelstad, 66, of 1263 Riverbend Drive, Shallotte, was charged with DWI and driving left of center.

    •Larceny of a Christmas tree on Highland Forest Circle; suspect removed an artificial Christmas tree from residence entranceway.

  • A new kind of farm is possible

    North Carolina has been identified as the No. 1 offshore wind resource on the East Coast.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s North Carolina Offshore Task Force is identifying suitable lease sites in federal waters with input from local, state and federal stakeholders. On Monday, officials with the North Carolina Solar Center and the N.C. Department of Commerce talked with attendees about the potential of offshore wind farming in the state and in the vicinity.

  • Community unites to help the homeless

    A new nonprofit corporation has been formed to combat the issue of homelessness in Brunswick County—Brunswick County Streetreach Inc.

    “Recognizing the impact of the economy and witnessing individuals homeless in our community led Building HOPE Ministries to begin reaching out to the less fortunate several years ago,” said the Rev. Donna Phelps. “We began to pull together with other Christians across the surrounding counties and created a street team that is designed to fight hunger and homelessness.”

  • Filling a need on campus

    SUPPLY—They saw a need on campus and filled it.

    Last month when Julie Olsen, director of counseling, at Brunswick Community College began to orchestrate the school’s annual food drive to benefit area food pantries, she decided it was time to address an on-campus need.

    “This year we have found so many students who are hungry,” she said. “We decided to start at home and help our own.”

  • Shallotte meeting draws a crowd

     

    SHALLOTTE—The subject of re-opening portions of Holden Beach Road was on the agenda for the third month in a row for the board of aldermen.

    During the board’s regular December meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, town chambers was packed with more than 50 people in attendance. Some were there to show their support for the newly elected mayor and aldermen, and others were present to voice their concerns and opinions.

  • Three South Carolina suspects arrested for heroin trafficking in Leland

    LELAND—Three suspects were arrested in a heroin sting last Friday night.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Israel West said sheriff’s deputies arrested three South Carolina suspects and seized 79 bindles of heroin Friday, Dec. 9.

    West said agents conducted a sting after a brief investigation using a confidential informant.

  • Supply woman killed in wreck on McMilly Road

    A Supply woman was killed Monday morning when a teenage driver struck her vehicle in a two-car wreck near Shallotte.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper K.E. Herring said Rita Jo Alford, 45, of Dobson Street, Supply, was killed Monday, Dec. 12, in a two-vehicle wreck on McMilly Road just outside of Shallotte.

    Alford was killed after her car was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet passenger vehicle driven by Lajai Webster.

  • South Brunswick High teacher named regional teacher of the year

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick High School English Teacher Melissa Warren, Brunswick County’s teacher of the year, has been named southeast regional teacher of the year.

    Warren, one of nine finalists for the state’s highest teaching honor, is the first teacher from Brunswick County to be named regional teacher of the year in eight years, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said.