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  • Brunswick County VA community clinic opening pushed back

    SUPPLY—On Monday, Aug. 1, the day the Brunswick County Veterans Affairs (VA) community clinic was scheduled to open, officials announced “unforeseen delays” caused the opening to be pushed back.

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell announced Monday morning the clinic would not open as scheduled, saying VA officials were still “getting the new facility prepared for the opening.”

  • Leland man arrested for prescription narcotics

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a Leland man last week, which led to the seizure of prescription narcotics and money.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Christopher Douglas Caputo was taken into custody on July 25, after attempting to sell narcotics to an undercover agent in the Pizza Hut parking lot on Village Road in Leland.

    When drug agents searched Caputo, they found 128 Oxycodone tablets and $307 in U.S. currency.

  • Cooper acquitted of assault on law enforcement officer

    BOLIVIA—“I’m going to Disneyland,” a visibly relieved George Cooper joked after he was acquitted of assault on a law enforcement officer Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    When the verdict as read, Cooper, 56, clapped and cheered, as a Brunswick County jury found him not guilty of assault on a law enforcement officer by pointing a gun from a May 2007 incident in which he was shot several times.

  • Brunswick Beat for July 27, 2011
  • Adopt a cat for just $5 during August

    During August, Cat Tails in Ocean Isle Beach will be adopting out adult cats for just a $5 adoption fee.
    The goal is to help cats ages one year and older find loving homes.
    They’re available in all colors and sizes, male and female. In addition to average four-legged felines, there’s also a three-legged cat who is just as sweet as can be, ready to be matched with the perfect owner.
    Cat Tails is in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Other hours are by appointment.

  • Firefighter loses his home

     A Brunswick County firefighter lost his home on Thursday.

    A fire broke out at 378 Walking Horse Point, Shallotte on Thursday, July 28 shortly after 2 p.m.

    According to Civietown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Hewett, the fire completely destroyed the home. More than 30 firefighters were called to battle the blaze.

    Hewett said he called for extra backup due to the heat.

  • Shallotte town officials discuss Smith Avenue

     SHALLOTTE—The new traffic pattern in Shallotte has been in place for nearly a month and several business owners aren’t happy with the transition.

    And drivers are having a hard time finding their way around town.

    The new portion of Smith Avenue routes traffic behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center to a new stoplight intersection connecting to N.C. 130 to Holden Beach. Upon approaching the intersection, drivers are discovering the roadways are not marked.

  • Business owners speak out about Smith Avenue Extension

      SHALLOTTE—In tough economic times, several businesses in town feel like the new Smith Avenue Extension is costing them even more.

    “It has been more than an annoyance. It has had a fairly substantial impact on this end of the shopping center,” said Doug Turner, owner of Douglas Diamonds Jewelers in the Shallotte Crossing shopping center. “It hasn’t just affected my business. It has been real bad for other businesses including myself.”

  • Northern investor buys Brick Landing

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The new owner of Brick Landing Plantation Golf and Country Club hopes to re-open the course by October.

    On Monday, July 25, Lawrence P. Doyle, chairman and CEO of Katierich Asset Management, LLC in Elmsford, N.Y., announced the purchase of the country club.

    “Effective immediately, Mr. Doyle stated he will begin to implement significant capital improvements with the goal of opening Brick Landing by October of 2011,” states a press release issued by Katierich Asset Management.

  • Politicians to speak at a Stop the Violence Rally

     SHALLOTTE—One group is striving to put an end to violence.

    The N.O.T.T.T. Foundation (Nothing Other Than the Truth), a nonprofit organization founded by Raymond Bates of Boiling Spring Lakes in 2007, is planning a Stop the Violence rally Saturday, July 30, in Shallotte.

    “We are trying to better the community by getting crime off the streets,” Bates said.

    He feels there are very few resources in the community to entertain youth and feels strongly about creating a healthy environment for the youth of Brunswick County.