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  • Oak Island man sentenced to eight years for child pornography charge

    RALEIGH—An Oak Island man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a child pornography charge.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 14, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Keith David Smith, 22, a former Coast Guard seaman, to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    According to a press release, one count of criminal information was filed Aug. 4, 2008, charging Smith with receipt of child pornography.

    Smith pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in September 2008.

  • Governor anticipates $2 billion shortfall in state budget; announces cuts

    RALEIGH—When N.C. Governor Bev Perdue was sworn in as governor Saturday, Jan. 10, she inherited an anticipated $2 billion budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.

    Perdue traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with members of Congress and President Barack Obama’s transition team to urge the passing of a proposed stimulus package.

    Perdue encouraged the passing of a federal stimulus package “that will rapidly put North Carolinians back to work,” according to Perdue’s press office.

  • Commissioners OK 35-foot height for Calabash Town Center

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved a maximum 35-foot height for multi-family housing in the proposed Calabash Town Center development.

    A conditional-use permit was approved 3-2 last week by commissioners John Melahn, Cecelia Herman and Emily DiStasio, while commissioners Forrest King and Bill Dixon voted against it.

    Plans by Shallotte Partners call for 216 apartments or 18 three-story buildings on a 22.5-acre tract at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads. Commercial strips fronting both those roads will be developed separately.

  • Sheriff’s deputies make several larceny arrests

    A Supply man has been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $600 worth of cigarettes from a local convenience store.

    James Taylor Beaver, 21, of Supply, was charged with breaking and entering and larceny.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Tony Caison said Beaver stole 20 cartons of cigarettes from the Citgo on Holden Beach Road.

  • A dream fulfilled

    BOLIVIA—Wake up. This is not a dream.

    Carolynn Galloway Price uttered these words repeatedly, almost as if she were trying to remind herself as she spoke to a standing-room only crowd.

    “You can wake up, this is not a dream,” she repeated to the crowd at the county’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration last week at the Brunswick County Commissioners chambers.

    The dream has been fulfilled, she said, and witnessed through the election of President Barack Obama.

  • Brunswick County delays and closings information

    Because of inclement weather, Sunset Beach Town Hall will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday instead of the usual 8:30 a.m., town receptionist Judy Presnell said Tuesday.

    For non-essential and non-public safety personnel, Brunswick County offices will close at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20. County offices will re-open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Brunswick County Courthouse, which was closed Tuesday, will convene after a two-hour delay at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Brunswick Community College cancelled all Tuesday, Jan. 20, classes.

  • Weather related closings, delays

    Because of inclement weather, Sunset Beach Town Hall will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday instead of the usual 8:30 a.m., town receptionist Judy Presnell said Tuesday.

    For non-essential and non-public safety personnel, Brunswick County offices closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, and were to re-open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Brunswick County Courthouse, which was closed Tuesday, will convene after a two-hour delay at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Brunswick Community College will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

  • Power restored after early morning outage

    An equipment failure at the Wilmington delivery point resulted in a power outage this morning for Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation.

    About 7,000 customers lost power in the north end of Brunswick County at 7:37 a.m. today. About 4,500 of those services were restored within 45 minutes. Due to the high demand on the system, the process of restoration in stages extended the outage in some areas.

  • Raise high the bridge beams

    STAFF PHOTOS BY LAURA LEWIS

    Workers with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., installed the first 30-ton, 75-foot-long concrete girders as they were lifted and lowered by a crane on the mainland Jan. 8 for the new Sunset Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge. The new $32 million bridge is ahead of schedule and should be ready for use by mid-2010 if all goes according to schedule, a company official said last week.

     

  • Jessie Mae principal, parent to appear in court Friday

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County Schools principal and a parent of former Brunswick County students are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning on charges stemming from an altercation that occurred on school property.

    Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, will appear in Brunswick County District Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, before District Judge Marion Warren, according to the district attorney’s office.