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Today's News

  • Tree ordinance upheld in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town recently received a magistrate’s approval to collect a fine for violation of its tree ordinance.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale said the decision followed a small claims judgment in March that found defendant Bill E. Lane in the wrong for violating the town’s tree ordinance.

    According to the complaint, the town’s building inspection department noticed construction activity had occurred at the site, at 9351 Ocean Highway West, while inspecting an adjacent subdivision in July 2007.

  • BFA sees increase in demand, launches membership drive

    In difficult economic times, residents of Brunswick County, like nearly everywhere else, need temporary help putting food on the table and paying their bills.

    That’s where Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) usually comes in—providing emergency funds for rent and utilities assistance from its budget and food from the onsite food pantry.

  • Brunswick Habitat dedicates 22nd house

    Ask Amber Rubio how long she lived at her last address and she is quick to answer, “31 years.”

    For her entire life, Rubio has lived at one address, the home of her grandmother who raised her.

    But for what seemed like forever, she dreamed of a home of her own, a house for herself and her children.

    Rubio had been everywhere, talked to everyone and tried everything, from banks to credit unions, but she could not qualify for a mortgage loan. Then she turned to Habitat for Humanity for assistance, hoping for help in getting a dream home.

  • Brunswick Arts Council launches multicultural division

    Recognizing the need to bring more arts-related programs and artistic culture to Brunswick County, the Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) has created the Multicultural Programs Division.

    The division’s goal is to expand BAC’s reach and help bring art into more diverse comminutes and to more at-risk youth.

  • State-funded training helps employers, job seekers

    GRISSETTOWN—Timothy DeMatties of Seaside has found his professional niche doing something he never thought he would—building and repairing street-legal golf carts as a mechanic at the Golf Cart Outlet.

    The opportunity to train for his new career was the result of a six-month span of unemployment.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Larceny and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle at the Farmstead Golf Course in Calabash; suspect opened victim’s vehicle and stole a wallet from the center console.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on Wilson Avenue in Calabash; suspect stole vehicle from victim’s yard.

    •Fraudulent prescription on Beach Drive SW in Calabash; suspect altered a prescription for Percocet.

  • 'Booze It & Lose It' blitzes through Brunswick

    The statewide initiative aimed at curbing drunk driving blitzed through Brunswick and New Hanover counties last Friday.

    “Booze It & Lose It” checkpoints were set up throughout the state on Aug. 8, or “08-08-08” to remind drivers of the legal blood alcohol limit for driving, .08.

    “We did arrest 16 impaired drivers for the two counties,” 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol said.

    “The checkpoints floated around, but we had saturation patrols throughout the entire day,” Holmes explained.

  • Man arrested for failing to register as a sex offender

    On Aug. 5, Leland Police officers arrested Donald Edward Young for failing to register as a sex offender. Young was an inmate in the N.C. Department of Corrections for seven years and was released in 2006, according to a press release.

    Police officers determined Young has lived in Leland for a year and a half. He had been convicted of sex-related crimes against children in the state of Massachusetts, which required him to register as a sex offender.

  • Umbrella accident kills Leland man

    Jamie Ward, a Parsley Lane resident who recently moved to Leland from Columbus County, died Friday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after succumbing to injuries sustained from an umbrella accident.

    Leland police detective John Keel said around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, a gust of wind blew an umbrella over and a metal probe attached to the umbrella pierced Ward’s head.

    “It was a very bizarre accident. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Keel said.

    “This is the truest form of an accident,” he added.