Today's News

  • Varnamtown aldermen to vote on budget Monday

    VARNAMTOWN—A public hearing for the town’s fiscal year 2009-2010 budget is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at town hall.

    The Varnamtown Board of Aldermen is also expected to vote on adopting the proposed budget, according to mayor pro tem Ennis Swain, who chairs the town finance committee.

    Proposed $170,472 budget appropriations consist of $146,155 for town operations, $16,200 for the town park and $8,117 for the contingency fund.

    The proposed tax levy remains at 5 percent for each $100 of valuation on taxable property.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Michael Kelly McPaul, 34, of 7611 Swamp Fox Hwy. E., Tabor City, with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $2,000 secured bond.

    •Police charged Donald Richardson Porterfield, 46, 120 N.E. 7th St., Oak Island, with shoplifting. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $500 secured bond.

  • Students honored with JROTC scholarships

    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful club year with a luncheon at Duffer’s Pub and Grill at Oak Island Golf Club on May 13. The program was in recognition of the student winners of the group’s JROTC scholarship awards.

    Elsie Hinkhouse, chairman of JROTC affairs, introduced the award winners: Phoenix-Amrol Davis from South Brunswick High School, who is finishing her junior year; Kimberly Ramirez, a senior from North Brunswick High School; and Rebecca Bennett, a senior from West Brunswick High School.

  • Adventurous summer reads just a local author away

    Laura Lewis

    Now that summer’s (almost) here, I hope to catch up on my summer reading, starting with the stack of books I’ve accumulated by local authors.

    Yes, I’d like to brush up on my summer tan or sunburn as it were, but personally I find nothing is more boring than “laying out,” as my friends always called it. (Though I suppose “lying out” is more grammatically correct.)

  • ACE team 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 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.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents from May 1 through June 12. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    •Larceny of $300 in money/cash on High Point Street reported May 9. Police report the case has been closed. The victim is seeking civil restitution.

    •Suspicious death May 12 on beach strand. Incident was ruled a suicide. Weapon has been found, according to police.

    •Larceny from buildings on Heron Court reported May 21; suspect took sports and recreation equipment valued at $500.

  • Crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Evergreen Drive in Supply; suspect caused damage to back door and took a DVD player/VCR and a radio.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on White Oak Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    •Property damage on Woodlands Way in Calabash; suspect hit a golf ball into a window.

  • K-9 Report

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

    Deputies recently answered 25 calls, made five drug arrests, wrote 10 uniform citations and issued 17 warning citations.

    Driver’s license checkpoints were conducted on Hickman Road, Holden Beach Road, Midway Road, Long Beach Road, Ash Little River Road and Blue Banks Loop.


  • Crime report

    Agents of the Brunswick County Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a vehicle stop on May 29 on U.S. 17 near N.C. 904. Agents seized more than a pound of marijuana and arrested Terrance Clarida, 29, of Catawba Road in Ash. Clarida was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or distribute marijuana, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    He was placed on a $5,000 secured bond.

    Additional arrests made by the Drug Enforcement unit include:

  • Protect yourself from H1N1

    Summer is here and with winter coats long since put away, many people are thinking more about suntans than they are the chance of getting the flu.

    But just because cold weather has gone away, it doesn’t mean the chance of getting the flu has passed us by. While the seasonal flu season is almost over, residents can still contract the H1N1 virus.