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  • Sheriff's office sued; claims related to Hewett indictment

    Six months, four indictments and one federal guilty plea later, the sheriff’s office has been sued for claims directly associated with former sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension and indictment.

    Hewett, who was suspended as sheriff March 27 on the grounds of neglect, misconduct, extortion and intoxication, was indicted March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice.

  • Two dead after weekend shootingDistrict attorney's office to determine charges

    A double shooting over the weekend in Calabash has been turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the shooter.

    Just after 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a home at 99 Calabash Road.

  • Details unveiled about new Brunswick hospital at planning meeting

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Technical Review Committee met Thursday, Aug. 21, to review details of the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    Novant officials broke ground on the $107-million facility in September, and construction is expected to be completed by 2010, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    The hospital site is 101.25 acres off U.S. 17 about 2.5 miles from the current hospital. The facility will be 252,604 square feet, with an additional 75,000 square feet of medical office space.

  • Get ready for DTV

    So what’s going to happen to all those portable battery-powered TV sets residents of coastal counties rely during storm-induced power outages?

    Once this region switches from analog to digital television Sept. 8, as required by the Federal Communications System, they won’t be of much use.

    Louis Gianelos of Carolina Shores keeps a Sony Watchman on hand in case of emergencies. He wondered why he hadn’t heard anything about portable TVs in the midst of the switchover hype.

  • Marine killed in wreck

    A 19-year-old Marine was killed in a motorcycle accident on N.C. 133 Saturday morning.

    Pfc. Zachary Adam Stein died on the scene after he was struck by an oncoming vehicle around 10:25 a.m. Saturday. He was traveling north on N.C. 133 near N.C. 211, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

    Matthew G. Magee, 21, of Burlington, Ky., was attempting to turn south on N.C. 133 from Northhampton Drive when he failed to yield to Stein, Holmes said.

    Magee has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, Holmes said.

  • Two shot in Calabash

    Information about a double shooting over the weekend near Calabash has been turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the shooter.

    Just after 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a home at 99 Calabash Road.

  • New gift shop gets personal(ized) in Calabash

    CALABASH—Linda Chappell and her daughters can tell the seafood capital is growing just by checking their shared business gauge.

    Twenty-three years ago, when Chappell launched a new hair salon on Thomasboro Road, “I was like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ when I first opened here,” she said.

    It’s not quite as desolate in her second, family-owned venture next to the salon, Thee Coconut Tree, a gift shop where a trio sells personalized and embroidered items.

  • Safety, growth among top concerns regarding U.S. 17

    CAROLINA SHORES—Safety, traffic flow and development are among foremost issues when it comes to U.S. 17, members of the town planning and zoning board say.

    Led by Don Eggert, transportation planner with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, members took turns listing their concerns about the four-lane designated expressway that passes through Carolina Shores’ municipal and extraterritorial boundaries at an Aug. 20 workshop.

  • Holden Beach, public talk about cabanas

    No one said he or she wanted to ban cabanas totally from Holden Beach as town leaders sought citizen input during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    But it seemed to be a consensus from the island residents who spoke they would like cabanas banned from sunset to sunrise each day, as they said it is on Sunset Beach.

    Island residents said the cabana issue is a small problem now, but they would like Holden Beach commissioners to set a policy before it becomes a big problem.

  • Vision plan's draft discussed

    SHALLOTTE—Urban planner Allison Platt sees downtown, mixed-use development in this town’s future and also as an esthetically pleasing, economic alternative to suburban sprawl across the country.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, Platt presented her latest draft of Shallotte’s 10-year vision plan, complete with downtown, riverfront development, and gave town aldermen guidelines for implementation.

    The board is scheduled to vote on the final plan at next Tuesday’s regular meeting set for 7 p.m. at town hall.