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  • New mayor, three commissioners take oaths in Calabash

    CALABASH--Newly elected Mayor Mary Knight and three new town commissioners took oaths of office at the town's last monthly meeting of the year Tuesday.

    Knight, along with newly elected town commissioners Sandy Melahn and Buddy Walton, were sworn in during the early portion of the meeting.

  • Bank robbery suspect still in S.C.

     A Calabash bank robbery suspect is still being held in South Carolina.

    Christopher Wilson Scott, 32, a suspect in the Nov. 29 bank robbery of Security Savings Bank in Calabash, has been incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., since his capture and arrest by Horry County, S.C., police on Nov. 30.

    In South Carolina, Scott, of 1659 Edgewood Drive in Little River, has been charged with three counts of forgery, value less than $5,000, according to information on the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website.

  • Little River church fire investigated

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Former Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby stood outside his burned church Tuesday morning, surveying damages along with church pastor Carl Wood and fire officials.

    Anchor Baptist Church on Highway 50 was heavily damaged when a fire broke out inside the unoccupied building around 4 p.m. Monday.

    “We’re blessed, because it could have been worse,” Selby said of the blaze battled Monday by several fire units, including the Calabash Fire Department. The two-lane highway was also shut down.

  • Calabash commissioner quits

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Jody Nance has resigned.

    Nance’s resignation came Tuesday night as the town board was going into closed session to discuss personnel issues following its open monthly meeting.

    Newly sworn-in Mayor Mary Knight said Nance handed her a handwritten note as the board was convening into the closed session.

    Knight said the note stated Nance was stepping down from his seat because of personal matters. After handing Knight the note, Nance left town hall and did not attend the board’s closed session.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: DSS board breaks law; illegally enters into closed session

    Members of the Brunswick County Social Services board broke the law on Tuesday when they improperly entered into closed session under the attorney-client privilege provision of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    The problem? The DSS board does not have an attorney, either retained or employed by the board, as outlined in North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)3.

  • Busy month for OIB businesses

     

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Three new businesses are in the works for Ocean Isle Beach and the future looks bright for more.

    A surf shop, a scuba shop and a coffee/surf shop are all on the horizon for the town, reported Justin Whiteside, planning director.

    In the last month the planning and inspections department has issued permits for the three new businesses. Additionally, Second Street Bar & Grill is under new ownership, and a permit has been issued for the restaurant to be renamed Pelican’s Perch.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Thor Gerard Thingelstad, 66, of 1263 Riverbend Drive, Shallotte, was charged with DWI and driving left of center.

    •Larceny of a Christmas tree on Highland Forest Circle; suspect removed an artificial Christmas tree from residence entranceway.

  • A new kind of farm is possible

    North Carolina has been identified as the No. 1 offshore wind resource on the East Coast.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s North Carolina Offshore Task Force is identifying suitable lease sites in federal waters with input from local, state and federal stakeholders. On Monday, officials with the North Carolina Solar Center and the N.C. Department of Commerce talked with attendees about the potential of offshore wind farming in the state and in the vicinity.

  • Community unites to help the homeless

    A new nonprofit corporation has been formed to combat the issue of homelessness in Brunswick County—Brunswick County Streetreach Inc.

    “Recognizing the impact of the economy and witnessing individuals homeless in our community led Building HOPE Ministries to begin reaching out to the less fortunate several years ago,” said the Rev. Donna Phelps. “We began to pull together with other Christians across the surrounding counties and created a street team that is designed to fight hunger and homelessness.”

  • Filling a need on campus

    SUPPLY—They saw a need on campus and filled it.

    Last month when Julie Olsen, director of counseling, at Brunswick Community College began to orchestrate the school’s annual food drive to benefit area food pantries, she decided it was time to address an on-campus need.

    “This year we have found so many students who are hungry,” she said. “We decided to start at home and help our own.”