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  • Restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Dec. 1-5.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Sunset Beach pontoon bridge operators to be laid off

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge are feeling the effects of a tightening economy—they received notice last week they’re being laid off after they've trained their replacements.

    In a Dec. 8 letter included in the employees’ paychecks last week, NCDOT Division 3 director Allen Pope noted the department is “facing a very difficult financial time, with its annual budget reduced by 35 percent from the budget it had planned since July 1.

  • Shallotte to seek state grants for waterfront development, access

    Shallotte is continuing its efforts to put the town’s 10-year vision plan into place by applying for grants from the state, hoping to tap into the Division of Coastal Management’s (DCM) Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program.

    At its December meeting, the town board voted unanimously to allow staff to begin the application process.

  • Oak Island man pleads guilty to murder; sentenced to 12-16 years

    An Oak Island man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Robert James Frazier, formerly of 139 NE 38th St., Oak Island, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to the February 2007 murder of 33-year-old Katherine Gail Harlow.

    Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Frazier to 151-191 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, with credit for time served, assistant district attorney Chris Gentry said.

  • Driving while impaired victims remembered, officers honored

    WILMINGTON—Terry Randolph will never have another family dinner again. Her 10 grandchildren will never know the love of their grandfather Benny since he was struck and killed by a drunk driver two years ago.

    “I don’t even like to say he died. He didn’t die—he was killed brutally,” Randolph, the keynote speaker at last week’s candlelight vigil remembering victims of drunk driving, told a packed crowd as her children and grandchildren looked on somberly from the front row.

  • Former police officer in court for assault this week

    BOLIVIA—Opening arguments in the trial of a former police officer charged with assault began just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the trial expected to continue Wednesday.

    Former Holden Beach police officer Brannon Gray, 25, of 944 Little Macedonia Road, Supply, was charged with and indicted for assault inflicting serious bodily injury for a November 2007 incident.

  • Trials continued for Jessie Mae principal, parent of former Jessie Mae students

    First published: 11:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

    Separate trials for Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, were continued to Friday, Jan. 16, according to the district attorney's office.

    Rourk, 53, was charged with communicating threats and was served with a criminal summons Wednesday, Sept. 17.

  • More animals being turned in at shelter

    SUPPLY—It was just another workday for Timothy “T.C.” Stacy when a woman showed up Monday at Brunswick County Animal Control to turn in a dog she no longer had time to care for.

    The woman, who did not wish to be identified, said she is having to work longer hours to stay financially afloat and has less time to devote to the boxer-bulldog-spaniel mixed-breed dog.

    Lately, it’s a scenario shelter employees have been seeing on a routine basis.

  • WANTED PERSON

    Brian Keith Perry is wanted for failure to appear in court Wednesday.

    Perry, 39, of 714 George Trask Road, Wilmington, appeared in court Tuesday to be tried on charges of statutory rape, indecent liberties and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Perry failed to appear in court Wednesday for the trial to continue. The judge issued a failure to appear warrant on Perry, with a $600,000 secured bond.

  • Calabash approves initial leeway for taxi services

    CALABASH—Two new taxi services may soon be rolling into town after commissioners on Tuesday night approved certificates for two applicants.

    Rocco Caponigro and Robert Clementi each applied for the certificates "of convenience and necessity" as initial steps toward launching individual taxi services in town.

    Caponigro said he would be keeping and parking his taxis—two Dodge vans—where he lives, at 1010 Beach Drive. He said his parent company is Myrtle Beach Golf Vans.