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  • 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.

  • The Wilmington 10

    Connie Tindall was the leading defensive tackle in 4A football in the state of North Carolina. Willie Vereen was an aspiring musician headed for stardom.

    The dreams of these men and eight of their peers came to an abrupt halt in the early 1970s when they were incarcerated for a crime they didn’t commit.

    Tindall and Vereen shared the story of The Wilmington 10 last week with the Cedar Grove Basketball Poets, who in turn helped raise money for their newly formed social justice foundation.

  • ELECTION FILINGS: No one files yet for board of education

    Two seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education are open, and as of press time Tuesday, no one had filed for either position.

    Scott Milligan, vice-chairman of the board, and Charlie Miller are both up for re-election this year. Neither has made a public announcement regarding their intentions.

    Milligan was elected to the board in 2004 and served as chairman from 2006-2007. He currently serves as chairman of the finance committee.

  • Holden Beach says canal lots need bulkheads

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance requiring bulkheads on canal lots, during the board’s regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

    The requirement will apply to interior canal lots in the three subdivisions—Holden Beach Harbor, Heritage Harbor and Harbor Acres. The ordinance does not apply to lots on the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Agricultural rezoning sent back in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—Town council denied rezoning a remaining agricultural district on the western mainland Monday after property owners expressed opposition.

    The town staff and planning board have recommended rezoning 35 acres, consisting of about 23 parcels, in the Schuyler Avenue and Peakwood Drive area, from agricultural forestry (AF-1) to mainland residential (MR-1).

    The tract is off N.C. 179 along the Intracoastal Waterway, with individually owned lots ranging in size from 1.5 to 7 acres.