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  • Senate votes to ban ‘video gaming entertainment’; vote moves to House

    The state Senate has passed a bill outlawing sweepstakes businesses where customers buy Internet or phone time and usually play computer-based games to win money and prizes, prompting many in the industry to claim the legislation will put thousands of people out of work.

  • Registration for new West Brunswick students starts next week

    Registration for new West Brunswick High School students starts next week and runs through August. Registration will be from 9 a.m-1:30 p.m. June 23 and 30; July 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Aug. 4 and 11.

    Registration packets may be picked up at any time prior to the registration date.

  • Local agencies join together for Safe Summer event

    It was before 2 a.m. when a driver on U.S. 17 was caught traveling about 96 mph. 

    When she was stopped by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team, she thought she was somewhere near Leland.

    Actually, she was south of Shallotte, and she was intoxicated.

    “She had no clue,” ACE Sgt. Billy Caulk said, relating the tale of one of the many intoxicated drivers he’s encountered on Brunswick County roadways.

  • Homeless fundraiser reaps $5,000 for future shelter

     LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Calvin Riley sat quietly inside a church fellowship hall Saturday, soaking up the tributes being paid to his late son.

    Knowing this church—Little River United Methodist on U.S. 17—was Phillip Riley’s last environment helps bring closure to his death, said Riley’s stepmother, Faye.

  • Oil spill spurs higher prices for some local shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The bad news is there’s a horrendous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The good news is it’s spurring higher prices for some East Coast shrimpers.

    “The prices have gone real high,” said Nicky Varnam, owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood, standing in the midday humidity as a shrimpboat unloaded Friday at his business overlooking the Lockwood Folly River.

  • SBI launches investigation into former Bald Head Island mayor obtaining tax information

    BALD HEAD ISLAND—Former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert was out of town when he learned State Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at Bald Head Island Village Hall and said he was the subject of an SBI investigation.

    Lammert learned about the investigation June 4, when he received call from the village attorney saying SBI agents were at village hall and advising him to retain a criminal attorney.

  • Homes sought for dogs after owner dies

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Wanted: a good home for three dogs left homeless after their owner recently died.

    It’s a message Peter MacQueen, president of the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, has posted for Missy and her grown pups, Missy Jr. and Pretty Girl, three shepherd-husky mixes.

    Their owner, Bobby Harrison, died a few weeks ago of cancer, MacQueen said.

    One of Harrison’s last wishes was to find good homes for them. MacQueen is still trying to do that.

  • Oppressive heat causes concern for elderly, needy

    SUNSET HARBOR—To beat the heat, Walter “Dutch” Spencer spends lunchtime at the Sunset Harbor Senior Center, visits his neighbors and family members and spends time at various places in Southport where he can relax and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort.

    This week, the 83-year-old, who has lived in his home on N.C. 211 since 1965, learned from senior center director Harriett Benton that, since his house is without air conditioning, he can receive a free box fan from Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • Calabash OKs reduced apartment fees with note

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved allowing a developer to pay a reduced amount for apartment building fees, along with a note agreeing to pay the difference in subsequent months.

    Jim Myers of Calabash Town Center was to write a check Tuesday for $160,000 to cover for building permit fees for 168 apartments he plans to build on a site off Old Georgetown Road instead of $210,121.06.

  • Lightning ignites house fire in Carolina Shores

     

    Lightning ignited a house fire at 3 Sunrise Court in Carolina Shores at the height of a storm around 10 p.m. Sunday.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said lightning struck a tree then hit the occupied single-family ranch home, which was about 50 percent destroyed.