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Today's News

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstasy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • What does Memorial Day mean to us?

    By Steve Randone

    Guest Columnist

    It has been an amazing year full of ups and downs for this ‘ol country boy who is now a beach bum. I sit here tonight, writing this column, knowing if I don’t clear my mind of the clutter of the day, words will surely escape me. So what do I write about that will give knowledge and enlightenment to readers? What can I write about that will be different from the numerous columns I have written in the past that were mused over with pleasure or even reluctance in some instances?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a new bill dealing with coal ash cleanup, we had many visitors from hospitals, homebuilders and rural electric communities, and we had visitors concerning a Sunset Beach de-annexation bill.

  • Posthumous Purple Heart for a World War I hero

    CALABASH — Ninety-eight years after a teenage hero died in World War I in 1918, his great-nephew paid tribute to him on Memorial Day 2016.

    Nearly a century ago, 16-year-old Robert Anthony Strzempek II, the son of Polish immigrants living in Scranton, Pa., lied about his age so he could join the Army on April 27, 1917, and fight in the First World War in Europe.

    Strzempek was killed in action in Cierges, France, on Oct. 18, 1918, two weeks before the armistice that ended the war was signed.

  • Time to take my medicine

    The other day, I called a pharmacy to refill a prescription for my 14-year-old cat, Linus, and made arrangements to pick it up the next day at a certain time and place. For a second consecutive time, though, it wasn’t ready or available despite the arrangements.

    I was steamed not so much because of the inconvenience, but because Linus needed his prescription as soon as possible, on account of his advanced age and health. There’s nothing more important to me in this world than my family, and Linus is my baby boy.

  • Scorpions, Dolphins make county proud

    Two local teams — one from North Brunswick High School and the other from Brunswick Community College — are celebrating hard-earned and well-deserved success this spring.

    Sports fans would be hard pressed to find a team as successful as North Brunswick’s boys’ track and field team, which claimed its third straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A outdoor title May 21.

    That is impressive.

    But remember: Including indoor state titles, the Scorpions have won six straight state championships.

  • Sunset Beach meets as Senate Bill 875 passes Senate

    Senate Bill 875 has passed the North Carolina Senate on third reading Thursday morning, June 2, in Raleigh as Sunset Beach Town Council convened locally to address the town's next steps in response to the controversial bill to de-annex three portions of the town.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts and all five town councilors made statements before a roomful of concerned residents at the 11:30 a.m. special called town meeting Thursday before going into an hour-and-25-minute-long closed session to consult with town attorney Grady Richardson.

  • Sunset Beach closes fire station because of mold

    Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 at 7149 Old Georgetown Road has been closed until further notice because of mold.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker sent out a memo about the closure to town council members Tuesday.

    Parker said Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey plans to schedule a test to determine the type of mold in the four-year-old building and type of remediation.

  • State election board denies new primary

    The state Board of Elections denied Tuesday a new Brunswick County’s District 4 County Commissioner Republican primary election.

    The NCBOE voted 4-1 after a public hearing May 31 in Raleigh.

    State Board of Elections chairman A. Grant Whitney Jr., secretary Rhonda Amoroso and board member Joshua Malcolm, all Republicans, and Democrat board member James Baker voted to deny the election. Democrat board member Maja Kricker cast the dissenting vote.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, May 16

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register: