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  • Budget-cutting, Sunset at Sunset hot topics in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town staff has been instructed to starting looking into possible ways to cut budgetary costs and the ramifications for doing so.

    Sunset Beach Town Council also indicated at its second meeting of the month on Tuesday it will continue to support this year’s 10th Sunset at Sunset Celebration but would like for the committee overseeing it to look into becoming a nonprofit entity or working with a different committee.

  • Calabash hopes to consolidate split voting to one precinct

    CALABASH — Town leaders are hoping for a change in local voting so Calabash residents can all vote at the same place.

    Town commissioner Cecelia Herman, speaking at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting Jan. 12, said the Brunswick County Board of Elections is considering modifications to enable residents within the corporate limits of Calabash to vote at a single designated precinct.

  • Detectives seek man wanted on felony charges

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a West Virginia man accused of breaking into a Calabash home and stealing a TV and other items last week.

    Luther Melvin Johnson II, 46, is accused of breaking into a home on Thomasboro Road on Jan. 12, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday, Jan. 19.

    Johnson is accused of stealing a Hewlett Packard laptop computer, 20 pairs of underwear and an RCA electronic tablet worth a total of $609, arrest warrants show.

  • Supply woman charged with child abuse in case involving husband

    The wife of a Supply man accused of 40 sex crimes involving children was arrested this week and charged with six felonies in the same case.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 34-year-old Katherine Renee Jacobs, of Seashore Road in Supply, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and charged her with six counts of felony child abuse sex acts, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • Comments sought for Sunset Beach bridge application

    An application for construction of a wooden bridge for the proposed Sunset Beach West development has been submitted to the Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Va.

    Sunset Beach West LLC proposes building a private, curved, 27-foot-wide wooden bridge less than 500 feet long at the west end of West Main Street over an unnamed tributary and wetlands to Mad Inlet in Sunset Beach.

  • Supply woman files criminal summons against Powerball winner

     BOLIVIA — A Supply woman has filed misdemeanor harassment charges against Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes. 

    Holmes, who is accused of making threatening and harassing phone calls to Lorna Shannea Marlowe, was issued a criminal summons Jan. 13, court records show.

    Holmes is accused of “using words and language in a telephone communication with (Marlowe) threatening to inflict bodily harm,” the summons reads.

  • People shoot for Powerball pot at Shallotte store that sold winning ticket in 2015

    Could lucky lightning strike twice?

    Powerball customers seemed to think so as they got in line to buy lottery tickets this week for a shot at a record $1.5 billion jackpot in the Jan. 13 drawing at the Scotchman store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Lest anyone has forgotten, that’s where Shallotte mom Marie Holmes’ winning $188,033,333 ticket was purchased almost a year ago for the Feb. 11, 2015, Powerball drawing.

    Joseph Tippett was among hopeful customers as he stopped by the store at the corner of Bridger Road on Monday.

  • ‘Unified’ school board moves forward with bond referendum

     SHALLOTTE — The Brunswick County Board of Education is ready to move forward with a $152 million bond referendum.

    At a special called board meeting before a Parent Advisory Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Shallotte, chairman Bud Thorsen asked board members where they stood on the issue.

    Board members Charlie Miller and Catherine Cooke have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of moving forward in asking the county board of commissioners to include the referendum on the Nov. 8, general election ballot.

  • Sunset Beach town staff can't explain UDO fill omission

    SUNSET BEACH — Jan Harris first noticed higher ground at an east-end development site a few months ago.

    Harris, long known for her scrutiny of development and environmental issues on the barrier island where she has lived for the past two decades, noticed a significant amount of fill being used for a new house under construction in the oceanfront Palm Cove development in the conservation reserve (CR1) zone at Sunset Beach’s easternmost tip.

  • Resident lawsuit seeks flood damages from Carolina Shores

    A resident has filed a lawsuit against the town of Carolina Shores claiming the town has been negligent in maintaining its stormwater system and her home was damaged as a result.

    Glenda B. Ward of 1 Court 6 Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores, whose case was filed Jan. 4 in Brunswick County Superior Court, alleges the town is at fault after her home was flooded “on or about” Oct. 2, 2015, when a large rainstorm hit the town.