Local News

  • Police Chief warns residents

     SHALLOTTE—After a rash of recent financial crimes, the Shallotte Police Department is sharing safety tips with its citizens, in an effort to help protect citizens’ finances.

    One area particularly flourishing has been counterfeit currency.  Police Chief Rodney Gause is advising business owners to have their employees use a marker pen on any currency over the $20 denomination—and in situations where smaller denominations appear suspect. Using a marker pen will verify the validity of the currency more readily.

  • 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.

    •Lavonshea Marquise Fletcher, 23, of 640 Tryon Road, Shallotte, was arrested for assault on a female, violation of protective order and resisting arrest.

    •Larceny of air-conditioning units from Rent-A-Center; two air-conditioning units were removed from the business.

  • Brunswick Beat for Aug. 17, 2011


  • Sunset Beach council debates annual report to send to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilwoman Carol Scott has issues with an eight-page draft “annual report” newsletter the town is planning to send out soon to residents.

    “There’s a lot of information in this that I think is self-serving rather than informative,” said Scott, speaking at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday. “It could be whittled down to four pages.”

    Scott said the report needs to use facts “as opposed to convincing people” that the tax rate is a bargain and revenue-neutral.

  • Safety concerns continue at Sunset Beach bridge intersection

    SUNSET BEACH—John Tice was driving toward Shoreline Drive West.

    The other driver was at Shoreline Drive East when he pulled out in front of Tice, causing Tice to T-bone the other vehicle.

    “He never stopped,” said Tice of the wreck Aug. 1 at the mainland intersection and entrance to the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    “It’s lucky nobody was hurt,” Tice added.

    Drivers, Tice said, are “constantly pulling out to try to beat the traffic” at that intersection.

  • Jennies Branch? Jinny's Branch? Nope, now it's Sauce Pan Creek

    ‘Jinny’s Branch’ exists no more, at least in signage.

    As of Aug. 9, signs at a bridge on N.C. 179 previously designating “Jinny’s Branch” have been replaced with new ones marking “Sauce Pan Creek.”

    Katie Hite, traffic engineer for NCDOT Division 3, said her department was notified by Brunswick County that the official naming of that water feature had been revised.

    “Therefore, we changed to be in accordance with that,” Hite said last week.

  • Brunswick County Animal Shelter can't use Saturday volunteers

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter will continue to suspend its Saturday operating hours, despite the offer of a nonprofit animal rescue group to provide volunteers.

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) submitted a written proposal last month to David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department.

    The proposal, described by RACE founder and organizer Cheri McLain as a “fiscally neutral mitigation,” was for RACE volunteers to staff the animal shelter from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays free of charge to the county.

  • County agrees to fund Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday agreed to shell out $112,500 to fund their portion of a $450,000 dredging project for the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    The county’s share was contingent upon the towns of Oak Island and Holden Beach each agreeing to appropriate $56,200 for their share of the project.

    Oak Island Mayor Betty Wallace and Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett both said their town councils had agreed to commit the funds, and asked commissioners to approve their share as well.

  • School officials encourage parents, students to attend open houses

    Brunswick County Schools start times

    Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.

    Middle schools: 8:50 a.m.- 3:55 p.m.

    High schools: 8:55 a.m.- 3:50 p.m.

    For more information on school start times and bus pick-up times, visit www.bcswan.net.

    It’s that time of the year again—back-to-school-time.

  • Discrimination complaint against county dismissed

    RALEIGH—Officials with the North Carolina Human Relations Commission have found no evidence Brunswick County engaged in discriminatory practices regarding residents of the Shingle Tree Acres community near Carolina Shores.

    The commission has dismissed the matter.