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Today's News

  • New chief chosen for Calabash EMS

     CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services has a new chief.

    William “Buzz” McManus was recently elected by the EMS board and has been on the job for about three weeks.

    McManus, 63, previously worked for about 35 years in telecommunications in the foreign services with the U.S. State Department, which involved extensive travel overseas.

  • Calabash Elks Lodge kicks indoor smoking habit

    CALABASH—It was no April Fool’s joke when Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 officially gave up smoking April 1.

    That was the date the lodge’s new rule prohibiting smoking inside its building on Carter Drive took effect.

  • Building HOPE bike rally gets ready to roll Saturday from Shallotte

    Building HOPE Ministries and Beach House Harley-Davidson are sponsoring the annual “Riding for Hope” ride and rally from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot at Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

    The event is described as an evangelistic, fundraising outreach for prisoners’ children (Angel Tree kids).

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on April 5:

    Jacky Lane Babson, 50, of 5810 Old King Road, Ash; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony conspire sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance.

  • Brunswick County District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of Brunswick County District Criminal Court on March 31, April 1, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 31

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Wesley Keith Adkins, PG misdemeanor larceny.

  • Blue Star Mothers seek names of those in service

     The Grand Strand Blue Star Mothers are accepting names and addresses of military service men and women to send holiday greetings to.

    They’ll be doing their first “package mailing” to troops this year Saturday, June 12, in time for them to receive by the Fourth of July.

    Please e-mail names and addresses by May 28 to grandstrandbsm@yahoo.com or call 843-390-5639.

  • Judge sues campaign worker for ‘libelous’ Facebook, blog postings

    BOLIVIA—Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has sued a campaign worker from state Senate candidate Bettie Fennell’s campaign.

    Fennell is running to represent District 8 in the state Senate—the seat currently held by R.C. Soles Jr., who is not seeking re-election. She is being challenged in the Republican primary election by Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged James Joseph Winter, 37, of 2914 Bay Village Road, Shallotte, with breaking and entering and larceny. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged Billy Vester Jones Jr., 35, of 269 Union School Road, Shallotte, with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

  • Assistant district attorney and near victim warns about e-mail scam

    As an assistant district attorney, Brooke Smith prosecutes people for scams. She also educates the public on what to look for and how not to become victims of a scams.

    But last week, Smith almost fell victim to an e-mail scam when she received a startling e-mail from her lifelong friend in England—only she wasn’t in England, and it wasn’t her friend.

    The e-mail came from her friend’s personal e-mail account around 7 a.m. Thursday, April 15, with “My Horrible Experience!!!” in the subject line.