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  • Carolina Shores robbery under investigation

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery reported Sunday night at the Food Lion store in Carolina Shores.

    The incident occurred at 10:50 p.m. this past Sunday, Oct. 16, according to a sheriff’s department spokesman.

    According to the spokesman, two armed suspects entered the store and forced a store employee to open a safe, taking an undetermined amount of money.

    The spokesman, who did not wish to be identified, said he could not disclose anymore details because it would hinder the investigation.

  • ELECTION 2011: A closer look into the candidate’s views: Shallotte Mayor

     Sara McCullough

    Why did you decide to run for Mayor? 

  • ELECTION 2011: A closer look into the candidate’s views: Shallotte Mayor

     Sara McCullough

    Why did you decide to run for Mayor? 

  • ELECTION 2011:The race for Shallotte mayor centers around economic development

     Sara McCullough and Paula Pease want to be Shallotte’s next mayor.

    They are running for the remaining two years of a four-year term following the death of Mayor Buddy Kelly earlier this year.

    “I’ve been involved with the town of Shallotte for the past 18 years,” McCullough said. “I had considered running for mayor two years ago. However, upon learning that Alderman Buddy Kelly wanted to run for mayor, I felt that he deserved to be mayor and I was eager to campaign for him.

  • ELECTION 2011:Six candidates for three spots on Shallotte board

     SHALLOTTE—There are six candidates vying for three seats on the Shallotte Board of Aldermen in the November election. Each seat is for a four-year term.

    Carson Durham IV, Jo Anna Simmons and Eugene (Gene) Vasille are challenging incumbent candidates Alan Lewis, Walt Eccard and Michael Pease for their seats on the board in the 2011 election.

    The candidates agree the biggest concerns for the town revolve around business retention and development, traffic, lack of local employment opportunities, the vision plan and budget management.

  • ELECTION 2011:Political season in Ocean Isle Beach



    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—As the Nov. 8 election nears candidates for town commissioners in Ocean Isle Beach are talking about the issues.

    Mayor Debbie is unopposed in her re-election bid. Commissioners, however, have a little more competition. There are three seats and four candidates—Dean Walters, Cherri Cheek, Bob Williams and Betty Williamson.

  • It's our future: Expect great things

     SUPPLY—Children are the future is the message shared by Smart Start of Brunswick County last week at the 2011 State of the Young Child Breakfast at Brunswick Community College.

    Guest speaker Dr. Susanne Adams, president of BCC, shared her thoughts on the importance of early childhood education.

    “While virtually every state has maintained economic development funding at high levels in order to aid job growth, state after state has made cutbacks in child care, preschool and after school programs,” Adams said.

  • BCC adds new degree

     SUPPLY—Brunswick Community College has launched a new degree program designed to help students become more employable.

    The new healthcare business informatics degree was created by Burt Browning, departmental chair and Zada Wicker, program director.

    “This is a new curriculum and we are the only college in the service area that is offering it,” Browning said. “We are the only one in the eastern part of the state with the program.”

  • Two accused of stolen car joy ride that turned into police chase

    SUPPLY—Two teenagers are accused of taking a joy ride in a stolen vehicle that led to a police chase.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said around 4:30 a.m. Oct. 15, a sheriff’s deputies observed a vehicle making a U-turn on Holden Beach Road. Deputy Bradley Hardee attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his blue lights and siren. The vehicle accelerated in an attempt to elude the deputy, and then proceeded through a stop sign without stopping, Routh said.

  • Garbage issue rolls out again at Sunset Beach workshop

    SUNSET BEACH—Town officials have been bombarded with letters and phone calls—even comments at Food Lion—about the garbage rollback issue, Mayor Ronald Klein said at a town workshop Tuesday morning.

    Town councilman Lou De Vita said there’s been a big misunderstanding about an ordinance that has been on the books for 15 years.

    All council did recently, he said, was clarify language so the law could be enforced. It also reduced fines for people breaking the rollback rules from $50 to $25.