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  • Man arrested for Burns' rape, murder

    First published at 4:25 p.m. Thursday.

    Updated at 11:45 a.m. Friday

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

  • Commissioners discuss but table availability fees and mandatory connection ordinance

    Residents who wish to voice concerns about the county’s mandatory connection ordinance or availability fees have until the commissioners Sept. 15 meeting to do so.

    After discussing the county’s mandatory connection ordinance, commissioners voted to table the issue until their next meeting.

    “If one is connected to the water system, it does not affect those people,” county attorney Huey Marshall explained. “These are for the people who have not connected to the system, but there is a water line addressing that property.”

  • BOOZE IT AND LOSE IT: North, South Carolina team up for Labor Day checkpoints

    The driver was lying on the side of the road. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

    But officers couldn’t find the driver’s car. Before he died, the driver told officers he ran off the road into the woods.

    After 15 minutes of searching, officers finally found his sports car—wedged between two pine trees about 30 feet in the air.

  • One dead after motorcycle wreck on U.S. 17

    Less than a month after two people were killed in a wreck in front of Brunswick Community Hospital, another person has died there.

    Just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, emergency personnel were alerted to a motorcycle wreck at the intersection of Ocean Highway West and Medical Center Drive.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Strangman, a van driven by Kim Wilkins, 45, of Leland, was headed south on U.S. 17. Wilkins reportedly crossed over the intersection to turn into the hospital’s drive when she failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle.

  • Calabash residents bring questions about future sewer system

    CALABASH—A steady flow of residents brought questions and sought answers at an informational wastewater system workshop.

    The three-hour session Aug. 28 was designed to give future sewer-system customers a chance to talk with county officials and representatives with HDR Engineering, the company designing the town’s future $7 million wastewater system.

  • Carolina Shores leaders interested in satellite sheriff's station

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are hopeful greater police protection is just up the road and around the bend.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said at Tuesday’s monthly workshop and meeting that she, Mayor Stephen Selby and commissioner Jack Csernecky met recently with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram to discuss having greater police coverage in the Carolina Shores area.

    Ingram said he is going to put in for two substations—one at Grissettown and the other on the north end of the county.

  • Pink Party to benefit team walking to find cancer's cure

    Breast cancer runs in Kimmie Durham’s family. Her mother was diagnosed at 52 and her grandmother at 67.

    Durham, of Ocean Isle Beach, found a lump in her breast during a self-examination, and after her surgery she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. Benign cells were surrounding the cancerous tumor the doctors didn’t originally find.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • Aldermen debate firefighter grant, want to know more

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are questioning a federal grant that would provide the fire department with four new full-time firefighters because of its matching fund requirements and how that might affect the town budget.

    But Tuesday night, they agreed to allow fire chief Paul Dunwell to begin the hiring process for two new firefighters and to find out if hiring only two would be acceptable to the agency providing funds.

  • Shallotte OKs town's new Vision Plan

    SHALLOTTE—A new vision is in place for revitalizing Shallotte, and now the work begins.

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 10-year vision plan prepared by Allison Platt and Associates of Goldsboro, which Platt presented to the board last week.

    Aldermen and town staffers said they were ready to move forward with the plan’s first steps including getting estimates on an economic feasibility study and working with the planning board on establishing an urban waterfront zoning district.

  • Sunset Beach rules development must maintain its own roads

    SUNSET BEACH—A recently annexed neighborhood is responsible for its own roads, local government officials say.

    The community in question is Sandpiper Bay, which was developed by Centex Homes and annexed last year by the town of Sunset Beach.

    The question arose after the town planning board approved on Aug. 28 an amendment requiring roads in town subdivisions to meet minimum design standards.

    A town ordinance currently allows an exception for developers to build streets that don’t meet the requirements as set forth in Chapter 98 of the town ordinance.