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  • Tax change draws local opposition in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — Local legislators responded Tuesday to a small contingent of local officials who traveled to Raleigh to urge opposition to pending legislation that would change the way sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina.

    Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard, Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke and Shallotte Alderman Gene Vasile knocked on several legislators’ doors lobbying against the measure, which they said unfairly takes money from local coffers and redistributes it to other counties.

  • Forecasters say 90 percent chance of below-normal hurricane season

    Three months into hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the chance of a below-normal hurricane season is 90 percent.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center called for a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season when it released its initial prediction May 27.

    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

    NOAA updated its hurricane prediction Aug. 6 with a warning that a 90 percent probability of below-normal season does not discount that a storm could form in the Atlantic.

  • Shallotte aldermen discuss sales tax, other issues

     SHALLOTTE  — The issue of sales tax redistribution under consideration by the General Assembly was the primary topic of discussion during the town’s regular board of aldermen meeting Aug. 4.

    Mayor Walt Eccard told the board he joined 14 other mayors and Brunswick County commissioners in signing a letter opposing the proposed redistribution. He presented an analysis prepared by the county showing Shallotte could plan on losing an estimated $280,000 in tax receipts over a four-year period if the state makes the changes.

  • Shallotte aldermen discuss sales tax, other issues

     SHALLOTTE — The issue of sales tax redistribution under consideration by the General Assembly was the primary topic of discussion during the town’s regular board of aldermen meeting Aug. 4.

    Mayor Walt Eccard told the board he joined 14 other mayors and Brunswick County commissioners in signing a letter opposing the proposed redistribution. He presented an analysis prepared by the county showing Shallotte could plan on losing an estimated $280,000 in tax receipts over a four-year period if the state makes the changes.

  • Detectives investigate Longwood shooting

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a reported shooting in Longwood last week.

    According to an incident report, someone fired at least one shot at 23-year-old Jaquann Kyree Randall at 7638 Victory Drive just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. It’s unclear whether Randall was injured.

    No description of the shooter was available and no arrest has been made.

  • Supply men sentenced to prison terms after pleading guilty to drug charges

     Two Supply men were sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to drug charges in separate cases in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Senior Resident Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 31-year-old Matthew Deante Hewett of Turkey Trap Road to 67 to 93 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas said.

  • Pennsylvania man drowns near Ocean Isle Beach

    Robert Huss, of Glen Mills, Pa., was on vacation with his wife and had been swimming near 39 Ocean Blvd. W., deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    “He was swimming in the ocean and has a history of cardiac (problems),” Crocker said.

    Huss was pronounced dead on the beach at 6:38 p.m., Crocker said.

    Officials from the state Medical Examiner’s Office and physicians from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, where Huss’ body was taken, determined the official cause of death was drowning, Crocker added.

  • Former Sunset Beach police officer arrested on rape charge

    A former Sunset Beach police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in June.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 39-year-old Jamie Lynn Clemmons of Red Fox Street in Shallotte, on Thursday, Aug. 6, and charged him with second-degree rape, Brunswick County Detention Center records show. He is incarcerated on $1 million bail.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner fired Clemmons in May 2013.

  • Leland police corporal fired, charged with embezzlement

    A Leland police officer was fired from the department Wednesday, Aug. 5, a day before she was arrested and charged with felony embezzlement.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 45-year-old Melissa Jane Hinnant, of East Eighth Street in Southport, on Thursday, Aug. 6, and charged her with six counts of embezzlement.

  • Accused heroin trafficker released after posting $6M bail

    A Shallotte man charged in one of Brunswick County’s largest heroin seizures was released on $6 million bail from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Aug. 5.