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  • Coring named president of state DARE Officers’ Association

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Todd Coring was recently named president of the North Carolina DARE Officers’ Association.

    Coring, a former DARE instructor currently serving in the sheriff’s office crime prevention department, was sworn in as the 2009 president at state conference in Atlantic Beach on Jan. 15.

    Coring served as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in Brunswick County elementary schools from 2001-2008.

  • Code enforcement targets Shell Point area

    Brunswick County Code Enforcement officers typically issue about 30 violation notices per month, but in a recent initiative, officers inspected about 25 properties in one day.

    Brunswick County Code Enforcement Administrator Fred Morris said Monday’s blitz was one of many operations targeting areas throughout the county with abandoned mobile homes, junked vehicles, old campers or boats, minimum housing violations and abandoned, dilapidated homes.

  • Leland man sentenced to 10-12 years for rape of a child

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man was sentenced to 10-12 years for second-degree rape of a child and failing to register as a sex offender in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Marcus Terrell Golston, 37, of 3719 Blue Banks Loop Road, Leland, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape of a child and failure to register as a sex offender Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    According to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Golston to 10-12 years in prison for both charges to run consecutively.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes man charged with 30 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man has been arrested and charged with 30 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    At press time, Wilbert Robert Schmidt, 62, of 1000 Beaufort Road, Southport, was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

    Detective Sgt. Donna Simpson, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit, said the third-degree sexual exploitation charges are for possessing child pornography—thousands of photos he allegedly took.

  • Liens filed against Calabash Lakes developer

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Calabash Lakes resident was surprised recently when she started to refinance her home and learned from the bank a lien had been placed against property in the two-year-old community.

    Since the homeowner had title insurance, she was exempt from the lien, said Bob Litz, a property owner in the Portrait Homes community off Thomasboro Road where construction has halted and the developer has been unreachable in the wake of a faltering economy.

  • Shallotte plans for new town park

    SHALLOTTE—A local developer has donated 10 acres for a new town park, and the board of aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to apply for a state grant to make the first town park a reality.

    The proposed park would include a 50-foot parking lot, a playground, a picnic shelter with four tables, four “mini fields” for soccer or other sports, a large multi-purpose field for youth football or soccer, an adult-size soccer field, a pedestrian trail, a small concession stand and restrooms.

  • No Port Southport says the numbers don’t add up

    SOUTHPORT—No Port Southport, a group of Southport-area citizens formed to stop the N.C. Ports Authority container terminal planned for the area, has done its homework.

    At a public meeting last week at the Southport Community Building, group members presented facts they investigated on their own, after seeing a business plan from the Ports Authority that did not answer their questions.

  • Sheriff’s office, Leland Police and SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share pursuant to the federal equitable sharing program.

  • New theater troupe to take ‘Sylvia’ on the road

    Longtime community theater director Ron Lee isn’t content to just accept kudos for his past accomplishments.

    So after directing several successful productions for Brunswick Little Theatre, Lee jumped at the opportunity to take his most popular show “on the road” by starting the Cape Fear Repertory Theater, a professional company bringing professional-level productions to small towns in the Carolinas.

  • Contributions warm Comfort Socks' toes

    It was just a few months ago that Theresa Tese launched her socks charity to help warm the feet and hearts of the homeless.

    Since then, people in the community have donated hundreds of pairs of socks to the nonprofit, Comfort Socks.

    In December, Tese delivered nearly 400 pairs to Brunswick Family Assistance in Shallotte and Good Shepherd Center and First Fruit Ministries in Wilmington.