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Today's News

  • The Roy Pace Wee Links and Driving Range ready for use

    The First Tee of Brunswick County home course is The Golf Park at Cinghiale Creek near Shallotte. On Saturday, Cinghiale Creek officially opened a new 2-acre outdoor practice area to complement its 18-hole golf course for the youth. It is called the Roy Pace Wee Links and Driving Range.

    A large crowd of chapter volunteers, guests, parents, and youth were on hand to see the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The guest of honor, and the namesake for the new course and range, was Roy Pace from Longview, Texas. He is the president and PGA golf instructor of The First Tee of the Piney Woods.

  • Shallotte resident charged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Shallotte man was arrested Saturday and charged with the theft of a DVD player from a car.

    Sunset Beach Police Detective Woody Dunn charged David Colin Hernandez, 39, of 3005 High Meadows Dr., Shallotte, with breaking and entering to an automobile and felony larceny.

    Earlier in the day, at 12:30 p.m., a Sony in-dash flip-out DVD player was reported stolen from a car. The player was valued at $1,250 and damages were estimated at $1,500.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 19, 20, 21 and 24 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Aug. 19

    Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Gina Essey and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    William Lord Abbott, improper equipment, costs.

    Robin M. Alexander, exceeding safe speed, voluntarily dismissed.

    Brian James Allen, expired registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    April Poole Anderson, improper equipment, costs.

  • Claims against superintendent, school board cause for concern

    If even some of the claims made by Brunswick County Schools former central office employee Sherry Dove are true, Brunswick Board of Education members should be concerned.

    Among the many assertions made in the lawsuit against the district, including claims that Superintendent Katie McGee may have treated an employee improperly, is the claim the board gave Dove only one hour of a nine-hour closed session grievance hearing to present her side of the case.

  • Allen Strickland arrested for setting fire to his home paid for by state senator

    Allen Strickland has been in and out of the Columbus County Jail several times in the past week.

    The 17-year-old Tabor City teen whose home was gutted by an early-morning fire last month was arrested Thursday, Aug. 27, and charged with fraudulently setting fire to a dwelling house and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

    Three days later, Strickland was arrested again—charged with reckless driving, fleeing to elude arrest, no operator’s license and filing a false police report after leading Tabor City Police on a high-speed chase through town.

  • 3G wireless technology comes to Brunswick County

    Attention smart-phone users: More companies are providing third-generation (3G) wireless technology in Brunswick County.

    ATMC Wireless has recently upgraded its wireless network with new 3G technology throughout Brunswick County, allowing faster Internet connections for wireless customers.

  • Two killed in parasailing incident; blunt trauma the cause of death

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A parasailing incident here Friday afternoon has left two visiting women dead. Medical examiners say blunt trauma caused both deaths.

    Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., were killed Friday afternoon when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat Tied High “parted,” according to the initial report from U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit. The two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier.

  • Coast Guard to conduct investigation into parasailing accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered a "district formal investigation" to determine the cause of the parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach Friday that resulted in the deaths of two vacationers.

    Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander, ordered the district formal investigation Monday afternoon

  • Big Lots to open in former Food Lion building

    The closeout retail chain Big Lots is expected to open a new store in Shallotte in October. It will be in what was for years the Food Lion store at the corner of Main Street and Smith Avenue.

    “We’re expecting a permit any second,” contractor Tom Kelly said this week.

    Once the building permit is in place, Kelly said it would take two and a half to three weeks to remodel the building.

    The 25,000-square-foot store will be ready to open by mid- to late October.

    “It will be a great location,” he said.

  • County commissioners call special meeting

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

    The meeting will be in the county commissioners’ chambers, 30 Government Center Drive SE, Bolivia.

    Commissioners will discuss the following items:

    •Approval of a bond order authorizing the issuance to a taxable enterprise systems revenue bond, known as a Build America Bond.