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  • Easley’s last Booze it and Lose it nets more than 4,000 DWI arrests

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, who was succeeded as governor by Bev Perdue on Saturday, announced the last statewide driving while impaired campaign under his direction netted than 4,000 driving while impaired arrests.

    In addition to 4,430 driving while impaired citations issued during the holiday “Booze it & Lose it” campaign, law enforcement officers also issued more than 155,000 traffic and criminal citations.

    The holiday campaign ran from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009.

  • Men sought in Sunset Beach sexual assault

    SUNSET BEACH—Three men are in custody and more are sought in connection with the sexual assault of a 21-year-old woman on the Sunset Beach island.

    Ray Mundo Romero Cruz, 35, of Rock Hill, S.C., and Genaro Castillo Solis, 24, of Lancaster, S.C., are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia, each on $300,000 bond.

    Also in custody in Rock Hill is Willie Alfredo, 24, of Rock Hill. As soon as Alfredo waives extradition, he will be brought to Brunswick County, Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Calabash board says no to setback variance

    CALABASH—A town board has nixed a business owner’s request for a variance near the waterfront.

    The Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment last week rejected a request by Bob Taylor, owner of the Calabash Fishing Fleet, 9945 Nance St., for a 7-foot variance in the required 10-foot rear setback.

    Taylor sought the variance for a 3-foot setback as he seeks to build a stand-alone restroom to be used by customers of his boating business and another business, Waterfront Ice Cream & Coffee House.

  • Emergency personnel pay tribute to colleague, teacher, friend

    When Brunswick County emergency medical technician and teacher Jeff Barber died last week, his colleagues were heartbroken, but they decided to make his funeral a memorable one by honoring all he did for the county during his short life.

    Bald Head Island Chief of Emergency Services Chip Munna and his fellow emergency workers brought one piece of apparatus from each emergency services agency within Brunswick County to the funeral home during the service.

  • Brunswick Schools get almost $70,000 in drug seizure funds

    BOLIVIA—Since being elected in May 2008, Sheriff John Ingram has publicly stated his intent to eliminate the amount of drug trafficking and drug dealers in Brunswick County. Operation First Step, a countywide drug suspect apprehension campaign, began almost immediately in which Ingram and his office conducted an eight-month narcotics investigation and apprehended more than 80 suspects.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education benefited from Operation First Step and other county drug seizures last week, as Ingram presented the board with a check for $67,148.42.

  • Board approves modification on boat-lift requirements

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners have approved a modification to a town ordinance for construction/design requirements to add an exception in the “T” canals.

  • Teen Court marks decade in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—More than 700 juvenile offenders committed offenses within the past 10 years, but none of them were left with a criminal or juvenile record.

    These offenders chose to admit guilt in Brunswick County’s Teen Court and were each given a second chance.

    Teen Court celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. The program began in 1999, stemming from a request from county principals.

  • Four Brunswick teens going to Washington for inaugural events

    Four Brunswick County high school students will go to Washington, D.C., during the presidential inauguration and attend several high-profile events celebrating President Barack Obama’s swearing-in as the country’s 44th president.

    It’s all thanks to a grant from The Stafford Foundation, which is providing money to send disadvantaged people to Washington, D.C., for “The People’s Inaugural Project,” a two-day event at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington.

  • Planned south-end BCC facility still in early stages

    Planned south-end BCC facility still in early stages

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—A new campus center for the South Brunswick Islands is still in the initial development stage, a spokeswoman for Brunswick Community College said this week.

    The south-end BCC campus center is planned for construction on a 10-acre site off Thomasboro Road, about a half-mile east of U.S. 17.

    BCC spokeswoman Liz McLean said Monday the new facility is still in the early planning phase.

  • Commissioners to vote to submit ‘shovel-ready’ projects for stimulus funds

    Fueled by rampant speculation about President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed economic stimulus package, local, state and federal agencies are vying for stimulus funding and left wondering when they’ll receive checks.

    “There’s still a lot of speculation out there as far as what the stimulus package is going to include,” Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said. “There has been more and more talk of less funding for counties and municipalities, and more for federal projects, or road or highway projects.”