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  • Former police officer in court for assault this week

    BOLIVIA—Opening arguments in the trial of a former police officer charged with assault began just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the trial expected to continue Wednesday.

    Former Holden Beach police officer Brannon Gray, 25, of 944 Little Macedonia Road, Supply, was charged with and indicted for assault inflicting serious bodily injury for a November 2007 incident.

  • Trials continued for Jessie Mae principal, parent of former Jessie Mae students

    First published: 11:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

    Separate trials for Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, were continued to Friday, Jan. 16, according to the district attorney's office.

    Rourk, 53, was charged with communicating threats and was served with a criminal summons Wednesday, Sept. 17.

  • More animals being turned in at shelter

    SUPPLY—It was just another workday for Timothy “T.C.” Stacy when a woman showed up Monday at Brunswick County Animal Control to turn in a dog she no longer had time to care for.

    The woman, who did not wish to be identified, said she is having to work longer hours to stay financially afloat and has less time to devote to the boxer-bulldog-spaniel mixed-breed dog.

    Lately, it’s a scenario shelter employees have been seeing on a routine basis.

  • WANTED PERSON

    Brian Keith Perry is wanted for failure to appear in court Wednesday.

    Perry, 39, of 714 George Trask Road, Wilmington, appeared in court Tuesday to be tried on charges of statutory rape, indecent liberties and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Perry failed to appear in court Wednesday for the trial to continue. The judge issued a failure to appear warrant on Perry, with a $600,000 secured bond.

  • Calabash approves initial leeway for taxi services

    CALABASH—Two new taxi services may soon be rolling into town after commissioners on Tuesday night approved certificates for two applicants.

    Rocco Caponigro and Robert Clementi each applied for the certificates "of convenience and necessity" as initial steps toward launching individual taxi services in town.

    Caponigro said he would be keeping and parking his taxis—two Dodge vans—where he lives, at 1010 Beach Drive. He said his parent company is Myrtle Beach Golf Vans.

  • Christmas officially lights up Calabash

     CALABASH—Christmas arrived in Calabash last week as the seafood capital's 13th annual tree lighting launched with a huge crowd, onstage entertainment, a new mini-parade and Santa visit Dec. 5 in the parking lot of Callahan's store.

    Observers estimated 300-400 people turned out for the holiday event Friday night at the corner of River Road and Beach Drive, where a parade rolled down to lead Santa into town on a Calabash fire engine.

     

  • Milliken, Armour arrested on tax charges

    Shallotte businessmen Lloyd Milliken and Robert Armour were arrested last week on charges relating to tax fraud in South Carolina.

    South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators charged Milliken, 77, with five counts of state income tax evasion on revenue from his Murrells Inlet, S.C., restaurant.

    He was in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Dec. 5 and released the same morning.

  • Holden Beach considers joining beach towns in move to have lobbyists push for terminal groins

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett expects in January to bring Holden Beach Commissioners a request to help fund a General Assembly lobbyist promoting building terminal groins on the coast.

    The cost from North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties would be a total of $75,000, he said at Tuesday night’s meeting of Holden Beach Commissioners. He wasn’t sure yet how much Holden Beach’s share of that would be.

  • CIS program provides more than after-school care

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted at its December meeting to pay $30,000 toward the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, a program which provides free after-school remediation and transportation to students performing below grade level.

    Getting the board’s approval was no easy task. The board voted 3-2 to approve the money, with newly elected board members Bud Thorsen and Catherine Cooke dissenting.

  • One dead after Oak Island bridge girder collapses; multiple agencies launch investigations

    Just before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, Bill Holub was 20 blocks away from the construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island when he felt the earth shake violently beneath his house.

    First dismissing it as Seneca Guns, Holub quickly learned the vibration he felt was not a natural phenomenon, but a girder crashing to the ground from the Middleton Street construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island.

    Meanwhile, at the construction site, Kyle Thomas, public information officer for the town of Oak Island, was filming for a documentary about the future bridge.