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Today's News

  • Calabash commissioners adopt 'whittled' budget for next fiscal year

    CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved a balanced $1,008,720 budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    “We have taken the knife out and whittled as much as we could to get the budget down,” said town commissioner Forrest King, who serves as finance officer for the board.

    Even though the town is collecting revenue from two areas it didn’t have in the past, the budget had to be reduced. Last year, commissioners approved a $1,022,950 budget for the current fiscal year.

  • Prize cat

    Jingles is a 7-year-old black-and-white female who was the first feline resident at Cat Tails when the cat rescue facility launched five years ago. She has green eyes, is very shy and needs an adopter who will give her time to adjust. Jingles also has a Cat Tails friend who will pay the adoption fee for anyone willing to provide her with a forever home. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit their Web site at www.cattails.org.

  • Students make bench for school project, donate it to teacher

    Two BCA students know a little more about construction and safety thanks to a course they recently completed.

    As part of business advanced studies, a senior level self-study course, students must research a topic and write a 10-page paper, show a PowerPoint presentation in front of the class and create a final project.

    The course is separate from the district-wide mandatory senior project, which also requires students to complete a several-page research paper, presentation and project.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Embezzlement/larceny by employee at the Scotchman on Whiteville Road; employee falsified cash drop and kept money.

    •Disorderly conduct at Mark Saunders’ Optometrist office; suspect threatened employees.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of radio at Walmart; suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and took a $95 car radio.

    •Vandalism/property damage in the Belk parking lot; suspect hit the victim’s vehicle with skateboard, causing $400 in damage.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

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

    From June 1-7, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 16 calls, made 13 drug arrests and wrote 16 uniform citations, including driving while license revoked, no insurance and no operator’s license.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints at U.S. 17, U.S. 74-76, Bluebanks Loop Road, Lincoln Road, Ash-Little River Road and Bricklanding Road.

  • 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.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Prescription out of the bottle at South Brunswick Middle School; a student brought 19 pills to school that were hidden in a stuffed toy.

    •Larceny on Cedar Landing Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s boat motor.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s flowerpots.

  • Agencies still face hard times

    It’s been a rough year for nonprofit agencies in Brunswick County. Late in 2008, the Beacon reported financial strains felt by Brunswick Family Assistance could have led to the agency’s closure. However, community members stepped up and through the influx of food and money, the agency has been able to continue to serve residents.

    That’s a good thing on many levels, especially with the announcement the agency will once again this summer participate in a feeding program that will provide free meals to children throughout Brunswick County while school is on break.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate thefts, break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several break-ins and thefts reported in the past week.

    On June 8, a Sony Cybershot camera, Magellan global positioning system and $15 in currency were reported stolen in a car break-in on Marlin Street.

    On June 6, a 32-inch Vizio flat screen TV was reported stolen following a house break-in on East Main Street.

  • No Port Southport sets environmental forum for June 25

    SOUTHPORT—No Port Southport, a citizens’ group formed to fight the N.C. Ports Authority’s plans to build an international terminal in the Southport area, has scheduled a meeting to address the public’s concerns about the terminal’s possible environmental impacts.