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  • Scammers take a threatening tone in phone calls

    The phone rings.

    You answer it.

    The caller advises you that you have won a prize. The catch is you have to send money to claim it.

    “This is a scam,” said Detective Ed Carter with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. “Before you know it you have dumped thousands of dollars into a prize that never existed. No legitimate contest will make you pay to get a prize.”

  • Stolen fishing poles and tools recovered from area pawn shops

    BOLIVIA—Last week detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen property from pawn shops in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

    Detectives Kimberly Knox and Tina Edwards spent the better part of two weeks recovering the items and following up on leads.

    The majority of the recovered items were reported stolen in a rash of breaking and entering incidents in the Southport area.

    “We have recovered $14,000 worth of property that was taken from seven homes,” Knox said.

  • Cancer survivor inspires through heart and art

     IF YOU GO

    What: Anything Goes show by Art Matters Group

    Where: Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash

    When: Through Nov. 3

    CALABASH—Sue Ruopp and her art were all gussied up for their latest reception last Saturday at Sunset River Marketplace.

    Ruopp is a survivor in more ways than one.

  • Calabash commissioner quits community services committee

    CALABASH—A children’s Halloween event has been cancelled after town commissioner Daria Buccilli resigned last week from heading the town community services committee.

    Buccilli said she resigned because of “unrealistic tasks” the town board of commissioners has placed upon her.

    Buccilli said she was told if she received assistance from town employees for the children’s “mystery dinner” previously planned for Oct. 27, she would have to deduct their hourly wages from her $400 budget.

  • Two stabbed, four in custody

    SUPPLY—Two people were stabbed at a social gathering in Supply on Friday night. Four suspects were taken into custody.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to 2157 Linda K. Trail SW off Holden Beach Road in reference to a stabbing at 10:16 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

  • Fatality on N.C. 179 involving a bicycle

    A bicyclist was killed Thursday, Oct. 11, on N.C. 179 in Shallotte.

    Timothy Leonard, 57, of Shallotte died when his bicycle collided with a Ford van driven by Lucinda Stanley, 52.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks, Stanley wasn’t at fault.

    “There are no charges. The driver of the van was doing everything within the perimeters of the law,” Parks said. “Speed is not suspected as a factor on Stanley’s part.”

  • Holden Beach board opposes homeowners’ insurance rate hike

    Holden Beach commissioners asked the town manager to draft a resolution opposing any rate increases in residential insurance in coastal North Carolina, during their regular monthly meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    The state’s rate bureau has filed for a 30 percent increase.

    “The insurance commissioner in all probability will not approve this rate,” said insurance expert Stuart Powell, manager of the insurance agency that insures the state of North Carolina.

  • WBHS Band: A tradition of music, marching excellence

    Shallotte—For the nearly 75 members of the West Brunswick High School marching band, music is a way of life.

    Whether it’s after-school band practices, rehearsals for competitions, half-time shows, pep rallies, weekend competitions, parades and more, this group of musicians stays busy.

    This year the WBHS marching band has put a different spin on music-making. For the first time since band director Jason Seip has been at WBHS, the band has blended contemporary music with classical.

    The marching band’s theme this year is a rock show.

  • Town to oppose homeowners’ insurance rate increase

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With a unanimous vote, the town board of commissioners and mayor agreed to take an opposing stance to a proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase.

    “We just got notice that there is a proposed 30 percent increase on the coast and a 17 percent increase inland in homeowner’s insurance rates,” commissioner Dean Walters said at a recent meeting. “Every year we have a 7 to 9 percent increase.”

  • CIS Gala is set to dazzle, raise funds on Thursday, Oct. 18

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County is gearing up for the 11th annual Benefit Gala for Children.

    To help make the event possible, Progress Energy is serving as the presenting sponsor. In addition many other businesses in the community have shown their support for CIS.

    “We have over 100 sponsors now,” said Kimberly Bandera, marketing and events director. 

    The evening features music by the Andrew Thielen Big Band, live and silent auctions and Taste of Brunswick County, as well as dancing and other fun.