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  • Shallotte Police seize gambling machines from local store

    SHALLOTTE—Dec. 1 marked the first day of a new law prohibiting electronic gambling machines, and Shallotte Police wasted no time enforcing the new law.

    On Monday afternoon, Shallotte Police seized five electronic gambling machines from A-Z Cigarettes in the Shallotte Plaza off Main Street.

    The new law makes it illegal to “promote, operate or conduct a server-based electronic game promotion.”

    In addition to the machines, police also seized $2,293 in cash and a .38 special two-shot pistol from the cigarette store.

  • Shallotte Christmas parade set for Saturday

    The annual Shallotte Christmas parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, on Main Street.

    This year, more than 100 units have signed on to march through town, passing out candy to onlookers and spreading Christmas cheer.

    The roads will be closed at 8:30 a.m. for the safety of all parade participants, town officials said.

    In addition to the usual procession, volunteers from Brunswick Family Assistance will be pushing shopping carts the length of the parade route collecting nonperishable foods for the food pantry.

  • $50,000 sought from Sunset Beach for planetarium digital system

    SUNSET BEACH—As $50,000 is sought from the town toward Ingram Planetarium’s new digital projection system, council indicated it would consider releasing $15,000 now and the remainder in the next budget year.

    In pleas reiterated Monday from a Nov. 19 presentation, planetarium leaders Scott Kucera and Tom Smith said the requested contribution is crucial for timely installation of a new $275,000 digital projection system next spring.

    Donors have contributed about half the cost so far.

  • One arrested, another sought in vending machine break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested one man and are seeking another for questioning in connection with a recent rash of vending machine break-ins.

    Bradley Gene Reeves, 35, was charged with license revoked, three counts of breaking into vending machines and three counts of damage to personal property.

    Reeves is from New Hanover County but had been living at 718 Magnolia Drive in Sunset Beach, said Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith.

    Reeves was in the Brunswick County Detention Center on $6,500 secured bond. More warrants are pending.

  • False reports of weapon on campus lock down Village School

    SHALLOTTE—The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School in Shallotte was locked down last week after what turned out to be two false calls that came into Brunswick County Emergency Services.

    The calls claimed a suspicious person was on the school’s campus with a weapon.

    The first of two calls came into Emergency Services around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said. Both calls came from an untraceable number, but claimed there was a man with a gun roaming the school’s campus, Gause said.

  • Holden Beach moves forward with beach renourishment

    The Town of Holden Beach has received the Brunswick County Board of Adjustment’s approval to use 371,000 yards of beach-compatible sand taken from the town-owned property on Turkey Trap Road, town manager David Hewett announced at the Nov. 25 meeting of Holden Beach Commissioners.

    Town officials had already received a state mining permit but had to get a special exception from the county to use the sand for beach renourishment.

    Hewett also reported the dune is currently being rebuilt on the east end of Holden Beach between Avenues A and C.

  • Holden Beach residents upset about tax bills

    Holden Beach tax bills went out last week, and since then, almost 200 property owners have called town hall to complain about what appears to be a double billing/erroneous assessment of their sewer assessments.

    “It’s primarily been limited to the lots in Heritage Harbor (where many homes are on two 25-foot lots instead of one 50-foot lot),” town managed David Hewett said. “However, if individuals have a questionable sewer assessment, they should call town hall to get it fixed.”

  • Harris and team recognized for sales

    Realtor Sarah Harris and the Sarah Harris Team have been recognized for Top-12 months sales position of all Brunswick County Realtors in accumulative areas west of Shallotte.

    Her production was more than 70 percent above any Ocean Isle island and mainland Brunswick County agent sales, and ranked 150 percent above any other Ocean Isle Beach agent unit sales.

    Additionally, no other Ocean Isle Beach sales agent has sold more of their own listings than Harris.

  • New Web site set up to defend school start law

    The North Carolina School Start Coalition has unveiled a new Web site, ncschoolstart.org, to inform voters and legislators of what the coalition says is the need to maintain the state’s school calendar law.

    Tourism officials say the law has had a positive effect on Brunswick County, and they are supporting the coalition’s efforts.

  • Existing home sales increase over October 2007, drop from previous month

    Brunswick County had a 96 percent increase in existing home sales in October compared to the previous year, the N.C. Association of Realtors recently announced.

    Brunswick County agents sold 159 homes in October 2008, compared to 81 the previous year, resulting in a 74 percent increase in dollars, from $23.46 million to $40.9 million.

    The average cost of a home in Brunswick County dropped from $289,695 in October of 2007 to $257,369 in 2008.

    The number of homes sold was down slightly from September of this year, when sales topped 170.