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Today's News

  • House finance committee defeats Senate Bill 875 to de-annex Sunset Beach parcels

    Seven weeks after Senate Bill 875 was filed in Raleigh, a majority of the North Carolina House Finance Committee has voted against the controversial measure to de-annex three parcels in Sunset Beach.

    The 22-8 vote came Wednesday afternoon, June 29, in Raleigh, according to information posted on Facebook by Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts.

    Watts stated the bill could still come up in the General Assembly’s next session that launches next January, “so council will need to continue to speak with the parties involved over the coming months.”

  • SMS teacher charged with drug trafficking held on $1M bail

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 49-year-old Kelly Higgins Hansen, on Wednesday, June 29.

    A warrant shows Hansen had more than four grams of opium and 4.3 grams of dihydrocodeine,  a semi-synthetic opium, with the intent to sell when she was arrested. Dihydrocodeine is included in schedule II of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.

  • Sunset Beach islanders raise environmental sand

    SUNSET BEACH —Island activists continue to question ongoing environmental issues related to construction and potential construction on the Sunset Beach island.

    The latest have to do with dune work on the Palm Cove site on the east end of the island as well as a Coastal Area Management Act permit that was recently approved for the Sunset Beach West development on the west end of the island.

  • Calabash ABC employees charged with stealing money from store

    Two former employees of the Calabash ABC store have lost their jobs and face charges of felony larceny from the store.

    Former store manager Mark Ernest Buzzell, 57, of Sunset Beach was arrested, booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Tuesday, June 28, by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of felony larceny by employee.

    Former store employee James Robert Greeson Jr., 49, of 235 Woodlands Way, Unit 7, in Calabash was arrested, booked and released from the jail June 20 on a charge of felony larceny by employee.

  • Legislature abolishes Brunswick County Coroner’s Office

    The General Assembly has abolished the Brunswick County Coroner’s Office.

    Members of the House voted late Tuesday afternoon, June 28, to pass Senate Bill 215, which state Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport filed March 10, 2015. The Senate passed the bill Sept. 17.

    Legislative librarian Jane Basnight said because this is a local bill, it does not have to go to the governor’s office to be signed into law.

  • Former Sheriff John Carr dies at 88

    John Carr Davis, who served as Brunswick County Sheriff from 1983 through 1994, died on his birthday Monday, June 27. He was 88.

    According to a sheriff’s office Facebook post, Sheriff John Ingram, Chief Deputy Charlie Miller and many others began their law enforcement careers under Davis’ leadership.

  • Retiring BFA director Fred Stephens proud of agency teamwork

    Fred Stephens’ first three years with Brunswick Family Assistance started out the way many retirees settling here involve themselves with the nonprofit community help agency: By volunteering.

    “I was a food pantry volunteer,” recalled BFA’s 73-year-old executive director who is officially retiring this Thursday, June 30.

    “I worked every Friday morning and packed boxes of food,” Stephens said of his initial work that launched seven years ago at BFA headquarters in Shallotte.

  • County, towns take interest in beach access court case

    Brunswick County and some of its municipalities are supporting Emerald Isle in a state Supreme Court case to protect public access to North Carolina beaches.

    Emerald Isle beachfront property owners have sued the town over access to beach property in the “dry sand,” or between the highwater mark and the dunes.

    While the property owners lost a superior court decision and an appeal, they are taking the case to the state supreme court to be heard later this year.

  • Tax distribution bill not part of state budget update

    A Senate bill that could cut Local Option Sales Tax revenues for Brunswick County and its municipalities did not make it into the budget the two branches of the general assembly are finalizing.

    County commissioners reviewed Senate Bill 846 during a budget workshop May 31 and voted unanimously for a resolution opposing changes to LOST distribution, which County Manger Ann Hardy reported could cost the county $2.4 million annually.

    SB 846 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax monies to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.

  • Elections board works on relocating two voting sites

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County elections board decided to combine two Election Day polling places into one and relocate another polling site to a new building at the same facility during its June 20 meeting.

    Board members voted to move voters from the Belville 3 precinct that had voted at Leland Middle School to the same site as the Belville 2 precinct at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC).