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  • BLT brings slapstick comedy to town with first production of 'Forum'

    The bawdy, slapstick musical comedy, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” is the latest production from Brunswick Little Theatre. It is the first time in the group’s 26-year-history it has tackled the show.

    BLT’s performance of the hit Broadway show will debut Feb. 18 at Odell Williamson Auditorium and run for one weekend only.

    “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” originally opened on Broadway in 1962, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.

  • Shallotte police investigate prescription drug theft

    Someone broke into Coastal Drug Store on Main Street early Sunday morning and stole $70,000 worth of prescription drugs.

    According to Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause, at about 4:50 a.m. Sunday, someone threw a cinderblock through the front door of the store, went straight to the pharmacy area and took containers of the following medication: Alprazolam, Balacet, Loracet, Vicodin, Darvocet, Cephalexis and Aciphex, each valued at $10,000.

  • Carolina Shores board approves sign responsibility



    CAROLINA SHORES—The town will take responsibility for a town-owned sign if the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association agrees to relinquish property on which the sign stands.

    Town commissioners voted at their Feb. 4 meeting to do maintenance on the brick-and-wood Carolina Shores sign in front of the POA clubhouse if the property is turned over at no charge to the town.

    Commissioner Tom Puls, who made a motion for the measure, said the town will accept the sign if the property is turned over to the town.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Cooper sues sheriff's office, sheriff Ingram and former sheriff Hewett

    George Cooper, the Leland man shot by two sheriff’s deputies in May 2007, has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff John Ingram and former sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court, claims sheriff’s deputies violated Cooper’s Fourth Amendment rights, “to be free from an unreasonable seizure of his person, and excessive use of force.”

  • Three arrested for large-scale prescription pill trafficking

    Prescription pill abuse and trafficking is on the rise, and drug agents say they have been combating the dangerous epidemic.

    Last week, drug agents arrested three suspects and seized about 850 prescription pills during a search warrant at several homes in Ash.

    Sgt. Israel West with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit said prescription pill trafficking and abuse in Brunswick County has “absolutely increased and is on the rise.”

    “It’s the No. 1 type of case we work right now,” West said.

  • Drinking and driving statistics unveiled at Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—As the Brunswick County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) gets its footing in the county, MADD members recently got a glimpse of what they’re up against.

    “This epidemic affects us all in different ways,” MADD community action site leader Stacey Manning said.

    In November 2008, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office started a four-man grant-funded Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team specifically created to target impaired and aggressive drivers.

  • Election 2010: E-mail, social networking and the law

    A state employee recently sent out a political e-mail through a county e-mail account. Does that violate North Carolina election law?

    Gary Bartlett, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections, says no.

    At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, District Attorney Rex Gore’s executive assistant Libby Carlisle, a state employee, sent an e-mail from a Brunswick County e-mail account to the media. The e-mail announced Gore planned to run for re-election as district attorney.

  • Three-month-old recipe wins Brunswick Stew Cook-Off

    SHALLOTTE—Oren and Pat Knicely’s three-month-old Brunswick Stew recipe beat recipes that have been around for generations at Saturday’s Brunswick Stew Cook-Off, hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    The first-year competitors said they were encouraged by friends to participate and came up with their winning recipe only three months ago.

    “He’s a quick study, what can I say?” Pat Kniceley said of her husband.

  • Town hopes to resolve road improvement issues

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town officials are hoping to have a resolution regarding road improvements at the corner of N.C. 179 and N.C. 904 by the end of the month.

    In December, officials from Crescent Resources LLC asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that were included in the original bond.

    Eric Jaegers said because the company is in bankruptcy, completing the driveway would be an added expense.

  • Touch a Life Learning Center opens this month

    Adult learners looking for a quiet, non-intimidating place to study can now go to the Touch a Life Learning Center at the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    Set to formally open next week, the Learning Center is designed to be a place for adult students and teachers to use for studying, tutoring and learning, Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, Literacy Council board president, said.

    “Everybody’s welcome to learn at the center,” Wong-Chong said.