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  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Johnny Michael Stephens, 36, of 6737 Rockfish Road, Raeford, was arrested for driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and left of center on Causeway Drive.

    •Richelle Monette Tomlins, 48, of 584 Stoney Point Road, Fayetteville, was cited for  fictitious tags and aid and abet driving while impaired.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Shoplifting at Lowes Foods by taking items without paying for them; suspect removed seven whole chickens from the store.

    •Counterfeit currency at the Minuteman Express; a customer attempted to pay for gasoline with a counterfeit $100 bill. The customer reportedly obtained the bill from Walmart when cashing a check.

  • Holden Beach turtle nests survive Hurricane Irene

    Even though Irene’s tropical storm winds and waves lingered Saturday morning, a batch of turtles hatched on Holden Beach Saturday night and made their way to sea.

    “One nest actually had hatchings come out on Saturday night,” said Skip Hager, project coordinator for the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol. “We found their tracks Sunday morning.”

    The baby loggerheads left flipper tracks similar to tire tracks in the sand after they broke out of their eggshells and crawled to the ocean.

  • South-end towns weather storm, start to pick up

    As Hurricane Irene departed the area Saturday, crews and residents alike were already out surveying damages.

    In Calabash, town administrator Chuck Nance and town technician Bill Danford drove around in a town pickup truck Saturday morning as wind from the northward-moving storm continued to blow.

    “I think we were spared the worst of it,” Nance said as they stopped to pick up tree debris from the middle of N.C. 179 on the west end of town.

  • Sunset Beach still talking garbage at monthly meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is proposing an alternative regarding garbage-can rollbacks.

    Monday night, per a suggestion by town councilwoman Karen Joseph, town council approved providing trash dumpsters on the island and mainland.

    The town is getting ready to send out letters to everyone about the rollback ordinance and $50 fine that will go into effect. Joseph said a number of people have legitimate concerns about what they can do with their trash if their visits don’t mesh with the rollback rules.

  • First day of school: Students turn out en masse Thursday, take hurricane day Friday

    ASH—The first day of school kicked off early, with buses leaving the parking lot of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School at 5:53 a.m.

    That’s not necessarily the time buses start picking up children, assistant principal Sarah Simmons said last Thursday morning, greeting and ushering lines of children into the school on Pea Landing Road.

  • Carolina Shores meetings Sept. 6 and Sept. 8

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will have a regular monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    The workshop, normally scheduled for Monday, is being delayed a day because of the Labor Day holiday.

    Commissioners’ regular monthly meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

  • Effort to aid Kindred Spirit mailbox damaged by hurricane

    SUNSET BEACH—Want to help save the Kindred Spirit mailbox?

    Meet on 40th Street in Sunset Beach at 9 a.m. Thursday. And bring a shovel, if you’ve got one.

    That’s when a group of volunteers is assembling to venture down to the site on Bird Island to aid the mailbox and its surroundings that were damaged by Hurricane Irene.

    So far, a growing group of residents has volunteered to help, local resident Jack DeGroot says.

  • County spared: Hurricane Irene hammers Eastern coastline

    BOLIVIA—Hurricane Irene has been blamed for at least 27 deaths as her wind and rain tore across most of the entire U.S. eastern coastline. Damage estimates from the storm have topped the $10 billion mark.

    But here in Brunswick County, damage was minimal, leading emergency officials to declare “we dodged a bullet.”

  • Irene’s aftermath: Brunswick approved for FEMA assistance

    The winds have died down, the flood waters have receded, and now it’s time to survey the damage left from Hurricane Irene’s path through Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County’s state of emergency was lifted at noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    The state of emergency had been in place for Brunswick County since Friday, Aug. 26. N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all the coastal counties, including Brunswick County, late Wednesday, Aug. 24.