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  • Shallotte sets hearing on new sidewalk regulations

    SHALLOTTE—Under proposed new sidewalk regulations, the town of Shallotte would no longer require sidewalks to be built on all improved property. Instead, sidewalks would only be allowed in a newly created “sidewalk district” in the central areas of town.

    Tuesday night, the board of aldermen scheduled a public hearing for the proposed amendment to the portion of the town’s unified development ordinance (UDO) for the board’s February meeting.

  • Former police officer acquitted on assault charge

    BOLIVIA—Brannon Gray, a 24-year-old former Holden Beach police officer on trial last week for assault, looks forward to putting the past year behind him and moving forward with his life.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a Brunswick County jury acquitted Gray on an assault charge stemming from a November 2007 incident where prosecutors say he used excessive force while on duty. He was accused of assaulting David King.

    A Brunswick County grand jury last January indicted Gray on one charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

  • Record crowd turns out for annual Christmas distribution

    SHALLOTTE—Vehicles jammed the street as a line of people waited to receive food and toys at Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas distribution Dec. 17.

    It looked like a record turnout, BFA board member Locke Newlin observed as about 25 BFA volunteers bustled about assisting people and handing out food and toys.

    Last year, the nonprofit aided about 400 families, including 900 children.

    BFA program manager Linda Turner ascertained the crowd was at an all-time high.

  • Lights of Christmas

    A sign welcomes light-gazers to drive in and take a closer look at the annual holiday lights display at the home of Billy and Reba Lefler on the Shallotte side of the bridge at Jennies Branch on N.C. 179. Fewer people are coming to see the display because the road has been shut down for bridge work. The Leflers said they still plan to keep the display up through mid January and will have even more lights next Christmas. ‘Christmas is a big thing in our family,’ Reba said. ‘We try to do this every year.’ 

  • More holiday events planned through Christmas Day

    Holiday events continue in coming days in Brunswick County and the surrounding area, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The schedule includes:

    •Nights of a Thousand Candles, 3-10 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 20, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Thousands of lights sparkle from live oak trees and illuminate garden paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment. Non-member tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12. (843) 235-6000 or 1-800-849-1931; www.brookgreen.org.

  • Early morning roundup nets 54 arrests

    Dawn had yet to break, but they had already hit the streets.

    With more than 80 arrest warrants to serve, work started early on Operation First Step, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office countywide drug suspect apprehension campaign.

    Operation First Step, an eight-month narcotics investigation, became a reality on a mild December morning with an army of law enforcement officers.

  • Locals step up to help toy run

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run provided some Christmas presents and a lot of goodwill once again this year.

    Despite difficult economic times, local volunteers stepped up and helped make Christmas special for Brunswick County children and families in need.

    Following the successful poker run portion of the event, each rider took a child in need of Christmas presents shopping at Walmart and spent $100 on each child, organizer Jerome Munna said recently.

  • Couple’s events raise money for families in need

    Eleven years ago, Michelle Griffin and her husband, Charles Griffin, threw a Christmas party for their friends in their home on Ocean Isle Beach. But it wasn’t just any holiday party—each guest was to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to needy children.

    Since then, the party has grown and now attracts much of the Ocean Isle Beach community. To accommodate the large crowd, the party has now moved from the Griffin’s home to Sharky’s, a restaurant at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • DSS worker, six others charged with fraud

    A former Brunswick County Department of Social Services worker has been charged with fraud after investigators say she defrauded the government of $135,123.

    April Stuckes, 33, of Breezewood Drive, Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 10, and was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in excess of $100,000, a Class C felony.

  • Bolivia man indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

    A Bolivia man is one of five people indicted federally in a mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Nov. 19, a federal grand jury returned criminal indictments on Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 37, of Bolivia and four other suspects, charging each suspect with conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud and conspiring to money launder, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.