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  • SBI investigating officer shooting

    LELAND—Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a shooting that involved a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh said sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon in progress around 10:17 p.m. Dec. 26.

    When deputies arrived at the home at 377 Lansan Lane near Leland, Routh said deputies encountered Cassey Thomas, 43, who was “in the process of attempting to stab her husband,” Timothy Thomas, 48.

  • Inmate death deemed apparent suicide

    An inmate who was found dead at the Brunswick County Detention Center died of an apparent suicide, sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said.

    Routh said Steven Allan Myers, 21, of Cary, was found dead in his cell Dec. 23. Routh said Myers was alone in his cell at the time of his death.

  • New Sunset Beach mayor reined in by council vote

    SUNSET BEACH—Two weeks and two days after his Dec. 5 swearing-in, new Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato is being reined in.

    At a special “urgently called” meeting Wednesday, Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously voted “that the authority of the mayor not be expanded at this time beyond that granted by the laws of the state of North Carolina.”

    The action came at the end of an intense, hour-long meeting, during which all five town council members spoke out about Cerrato’s behavior over the past two weeks.

  • “American Pickers” spend the day digging in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—If you’ve ever driven by it, you know why they stop—plain, old-fashioned curiosity. Last week The History Channel’s “American Pickers” spent the day indulging their curiosity.

    Along Stone Chimney Road, there is a jail cell, police cars, the Brunswick County “Crackhead Express,” dummies hanging by nooses. Sometimes there are coffins and caskets. These are just the exterior to Dale Varnum’s world. The sign outside says it best: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

  • Hanukkah is here: Let your light shine

    ST. JAMES—On Tuesday at sundown candles around the world will be lit in honor of the start of Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights.

    This year a large group will gather in St. James to celebrate the start of the holiday.

    “There isn’t a synagogue in Brunswick County,” explained Esther Eisenstein, who grew up attending the neighborhood synagogue in New Jersey. She and her husband Marv moved to Brunswick County in 2001 to retire and at first found the adjustment to be difficult.

  • Community challenged by $1 million Hospice donation

    Monday was a big day for the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home campaign.

    That’s because there is a $1 million check waiting to be cashed.

    The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, funded solely by credit union members, announced a challenge grant of $1 million to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Capital Campaign, as the two groups become partners.

  • Three out of four potential megaport sites are in the region

    ST.JAMES—If they listen to feedback of the audience, the answer is “No.”

    Last week the North Carolina Maritime Strategy study team heard local input from the public about proposed uses and locations for North Carolina ports.

    During a more than four-hour meeting with more than 300 people in attendance, the public interacted with researchers to find out details about the study. During the public comment time, more than 50 people registered to speak—only one spoke out in favor of a megaport in Brunswick County.

  • Three out of four potential megaport sites are in the region

    ST.JAMES—If they listen to feedback of the audience, the answer is “No.”

    Last week the North Carolina Maritime Strategy study team heard local input from the public about proposed uses and locations for North Carolina ports.

    During a more than four-hour meeting with more than 300 people in attendance, the public interacted with researchers to find out details about the study. During the public comment time, more than 50 people registered to speak—only one spoke out in favor of a megaport in Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte board can’t satisfy business owners’ requests

    SHALLOTTE—Some local business owners want the town’s board of aldermen to show more “speed and enthusiasm” about re-opening portions of Holden Beach Road.

    At the board of aldermen’s regular December meeting, the board began a discussion but recessed until Dec. 15 to host a workshop focused on finding a more immediate solution to business owners’ needs on Business 130.

  • New Year's Eve bonfire planned in Calabash

    CALABASH—Plans are in the works for the town to host a public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration in the Seafood Capital.

    Announcement came at the town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 13.

    Festivities are scheduled to launch at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River.

    “It will be a very festive occasion where people can come together,” newly sworn-in Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the meeting. “We’re going to have fellowship and food.”