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  • Kelly, Harrelson sworn into office; Dumpster ordinance approved

    Longtime alderman Buddy Kelly took the oath of office as Shallotte’s new mayor Tuesday night, and incumbent alderman Larry Harrelson was sworn in for his second four-year term.

    Both defeated opponents in November for their seats.

    Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board officially said goodbye to alderman John Kinlaw, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the mayor’s seat, and outgoing two-term mayor Gerald Long, who did not to seek re-election this year.

  • Coastal Horizons opens treatment center in Shallotte

    Coastal Horizons new Shallotte office behind Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 is open for business, providing mental health, substance abuse, rape crisis and various other programs for local residents.

    The office’s medical director, Dr. David A. Joseph, came to Brunswick County from Seattle several years ago. When he began seeing patients, he realized the need for more intervention.

  • Fresh fish all in a day's haul at longtime Hollis Market

    SHALLOTTE—Melva Smith talked on a cell phone while J.V. Faulk waited and warmed himself next to the woodstove at Hollis Fish Market.

    A bedraggled alley cat wandered across the concrete floor of the open-air market a few miles south of Shallotte, also awaiting the oceanic bounty that was en route.

  • December is prime time for red-and-green winter tomatoes

    ASH—Don’t think tomato season is over just because it’s December.

    Winter tomatoes are just starting to ripen at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery. Other varieties are still being harvested at two other popular produce markets in the area.

    For the past few months, several greenhouse varieties have begun to color the landscape with seasonal red and green, in addition to a bonus yellow at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery in Ash.

  • Coastline Rescue Squad searching for more volunteers

    SUPPLY—Coastline Rescue’s dwindling volunteer roster has the squad chief and president worried about the volunteer squad’s future.

    Squad president David Robinson and chief Mike Murphy say the squad desperately needs volunteers. Unlike volunteer fire departments that receive money from fire fees in the district they serve, Murphy said volunteer rescue squads receive no state funds.

  • Burglary suspect arrested

    SUPPLY—When a resident of a vacation home on Talman Street in the Ocean View area of Supply came to Brunswick County this week, an unexpected visitor was in the home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Tony Caison said Nelson Alexander Caraballo was living in the Talman Street home for an unknown amount of time, which was last secured by the homeowner in September.

    Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.

    “A vacationer came into the residence and walked in and [Caraballo] was in there,” Caison said.

  • Senate votes to begin debate on healthcare bill

    It took a party-line vote for Senate Democrats to win the right to debate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on the Senate floor.

    Reid, a Nevada Democrat, introduced the Senate version of the bill Wednesday, Nov. 18.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Sheriff's office 'Bad Boys' trump drug treatment court participants on the hard court

    In what Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis called the “first annual” match up between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office “Bad Boys” and participants and volunteers with the Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court, the “Bad Boys” narrowly defeated their opponents 33-31.

    The “Bad Boys” joined drug treatment court participants and volunteers, including a probation officer, on the hard court last week at Brunswick Community College.

  • Armed robbery reported at Supply grocery store

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who reportedly robbed a grocery store last Wednesday evening in the Civietown area of Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said the armed robbery was reported around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Smith’s Grocery and Hardware on Holden Beach Road in Civietown.

    Davis said the victim reported being robbed by two black male suspects, both of whom were armed and wearing orange ski masks.

  • Stimulus money reported to phantom congressional districts

    More than $5.7 million in federal stimulus money went to North Carolina’s 37th, 86th, 24th, 14th and 91st congressional districts, according to the government-run Web site that tracks American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

    The problem?

    North Carolina only has 13 congressional districts.

    According to www.recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks how and where American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money is being spent, $5,722,231 was designated to the nonexistent districts, plus district 00.