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    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering to storage room on Craven Street.

    •Shannon Renee Benton, 30, of Sunset Beach; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Andrew Thomas Smeltzer, 35, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

  • Congratulations to Principal of the Year

    When Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee first met Bob Grimes, he left a lasting impression, she recalled.

    Since then, Grimes appears to be leaving an impression on just about everyone he meets, including his peers in the school district.

    Friday, Grimes, the North Brunswick High School principal, was named Brunswick County’s Principal of the Year.

    Grimes was bestowed the honor for a number of achievements, including leading NBHS from being a school in turnaround status to one that had the largest increase in proficiencies for 2008-2009.

  • Town seeks retribution for accusation against officer

    Saying they needed to show support for employees, Shallotte aldermen voted last week to send a letter to District Attorney Rex Gore asking him to pursue charges against the person who accused police officer Kyle Jones of assault last month.

    Gore said this week charges will not be filed against Jones, but he cannot make a decision about charges against the accuser until he receives the written SBI report.

  • Do we need another version of 'A Christmas Carol?'

    Too many versions of the classic Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” run through my head whenever the subject is brought up.

    The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, the 1970 English musical version, “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

    I love Christmas. I love musicals. I love English accents. To me, there’s no greater version of this story of redemption, greed and the Christmas spirit than this.

  • Every vote really counts; just take a look at this election

    We’ve said it many times before. Every vote counts.

    If you have had any doubts about that, check out election results from last week’s municipal elections. In many local races, decisions about who will lead Brunswick County towns was decided by a small number of voters.

    In Calabash, with unofficial results available, about 40 votes separated the lead person elected to the board of commissioners and two incumbents who weren’t able to retain their seats.

  • Unwind at 15th annual Cucalorus Film Festival Nov. 11-15 in Wilmington


    Cuc-a-lor-us: 1. a film set apparatus placed in front of a light source to create a dappled lighting effect on a subject or background. 2. a film festival set in Wilmington

    Cucalorus is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week as an international film festival in the historic port city of Wilmington.

    Named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine, the festival is non-competitive to create a laid-back atmosphere and foster open dialogue, where filmmakers and audiences feel free to share stories and socialize.

  • Defense attorney shares real life situations with students

    Defense attorney Jason Disbrow said although some of his clients are minors, they are often sentenced as adults.

    “I represent a lot of 15-, 16-, 17-year-old folks that are in big boy court,” he told Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy students last week. “Nine times out of 10, you’ll be treated as an adult. You do an adult crime, you’ll be treated as an adult.”

  • Superior Court

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutors Chris Thomas, Erin Holden and Brooke Smith adjudicated the following cases during a Superior Court session on Oct. 22:


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged James Joseph Winter, 36, of 2914 Bay Village Road, Shallotte, with larceny of check and forgery of check. He stole a check from the victim, filled it out for $100 and attempted to cash it.

    He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 28, 29, 30 and Nov. 2 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Oct. 28

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Silas Emanuel Acosta, improper equipment, costs.

    Michael Gregory Allen, improper equipment, costs.

    Richard Edom Allen, expired registration card/tag, expired/no inspection sticker, both voluntarily dismissed, complied.