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  • Sheriff's office searching for breaking and entering suspect

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for an 18-year-old Supply man wanted for multiple car break-ins.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, detectives are searching for Daniel Adam Orlick, 18, of Supply. Orlick is wanted for multiple counts of breaking and entering to motor vehicles in the Oyster Harbor and Shell Point areas of Supply.

    The break-ins were reported between March 16 and March 18.

    Anyone with information about Orlick or his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Tony Caison at 253-2777.

  • Two suspects arrested for large marijuana growing operation

    Two suspects have been arrested after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit dismantled a large indoor marijuana growing operation in Shallotte.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, around 4 p.m. Friday, drug agents executed a search warrant at 5801 Washington Road, Shallotte, where they found 59 marijuana plants inside the residence.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents have been investigating the operation for a month.

  • Final public hearing on terminal groins this week

    The public will have one last chance to voice its opinion regarding terminal groins before the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) will present a report and recommendations to the Environmental Review Commission and the General Assembly.

    The CRC will meet Wednesday, March 24, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach. The terminal groin study and presentation and public hearing will begin at 5 p.m. This is the last of five public hearings on the study that have taken place throughout the state.

  • Real estate sales up in January, February; prices still down

    Home sales are up; prices are down, and the state of the economy is forcing real estate- related businesses to try new things.

    Some businesses are branching out into promoting energy efficiency and “green” building practices, which many say is the wave of the future.

    Home sales in Brunswick County during January 2010 were up 22 percent from January 2009, from $15.11 million to nearly $18.5 million, while the February number was up 57 percent from 2009, from $14.37 million to $22.5 million.

  • U.S. census-gathering has begun



    Ten minutes to answer 10 questions.

    That’s how long North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue estimates it takes to fill out U.S. Census 2010 forms, which started arriving in mailboxes last week.

    It’s described as one of the shortest census questionnaires in U.S. history.

    About 120 million U.S. households are expected to receive a form by this week.

    “The 2010 Census is more than just a survey,” Perdue wrote in a letter e-mailed last week to newspapers statewide.

  • Liberty Tax to host fundraising 'party' Saturday at Shallotte Crossing

    Liberty Tax Service of Shallotte will host a “roadside party” to give the community a chance to donate to three worthy causes: Cell Phones for Soldiers, Brunswick County Family Assistance, Relay for Life and The Gathering Of Eagles.

    “We want to get the whole community involved with it,” Liberty’s marketing manager

    Alana Brown said this week.

    The event, set from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Tax, will provide free food, refreshments, a deejay, a bounce house as well as free tax advice.

  • County commissioners OK takeover of Brick Landing sewer system

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from the system’s owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Second Amy Frink killer to be released on parole

    Four years to the day after 18-year-old Amy Frink was murdered, her killers were arrested.

    John Paul Counts and John Gamble pleaded guilty to their roles in the 1994 murder, and they were both sentenced to 30 years in prison. But in July 2008, Counts was released on parole after serving less than nine years.

    Now Gamble is projected to be released on parole on June 27, 2010, after serving less than one-third of his sentence, according to N.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) records.

  • VA official to visit Brunswick County in April

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., says an official with the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) will visit Brunswick Community Hospital, a site McIntyre supports as a future VA facility.

    Last week, McIntyre announced the VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Shoenhard will join him at Brunswick Community Hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7.

    After the hospital tour, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Shoenhard and McIntyre will host a community roundtable discussion for facility needs of Brunswick County veterans.

  • House, Senate pass healthcare overhaul; Obama signs bill Tuesday

    After what President Barack Obama called “a century of striving,” Congress passed sweeping healthcare legislation, which Obama signed into law Tuesday.

    On Sunday evening, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic measure 219 votes to 212 votes, with all 178 House Republicans voting against it.

    Thirty-four Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., crossed the aisle and also voted against the bill.