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Today's News

  • Changes not likely for traffic flow on Holden Beach Road

    SHALLOTTE— For more than six months a handful of Shallotte residents and business owners have been pushing the town of Shallotte to get portions of Holden Beach Road re-opened.

    It is not likely that will happen.

    “The results show that for the near term, opening the road would not be a detriment but by the year 2022, it would be back to where is was when we requested the project,” said Alan Lewis, alderman, referring to results of a recent North Carolina Department of Transportation feasibility study.

  • This laundry tip is for the birds

    In my last column, I mentioned my laundry was piling up; so was my housework because it is the time of year when I can’t think of spending a waking moment anywhere else other than the beach.

    The powers that be must have seen my mounting pile of laundry and decided to give me a rainy Saturday where I didn’t feel the pull to be outside.

    When I awoke I knew immediately from the pitter-patter sounds on my windowsill that I would not be spending a lazy day on the beach soaking in the sun, searching for sea treasures and walking the shoreline.

  • Terminal groin project could cost as much as $7 million

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A terminal groin on Ocean Isle Beach could cost the town between $4 million and $7 million.

    Coastal Planning and Engineering of Wilmington presented their findings of a feasibility study to town commissioners and a handful of Ocean Isle Beach residents Tuesday morning during the board’s regularly scheduled April meeting.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

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

    •Counterfeit currency at Advance Auto Parts; suspect attempted to pass a counterfeit $50 bill.

    •Lost wallet at a Main Street store; victim misplaced his wallet.

    •Property damage in the West Brunswick High School parking lot; victim’s tire was cut.

    •Kourtney Nicole Johnson, 21, of 4070 Ruby Way, was charged with larceny.

  • Election 2012: Four local attorneys vie for district judge seat

    BOLIVIA—Four local attorneys are vying for a seat on the district court bench.

    Longtime District Judge Napolean Barefoot is not seeking another term, and he has four attorneys who want to succeed him.

    Assistant District Attorney Catherine Radford and local attorneys Pauline Hankins, Richard Cox and Sheila McLamb are all running for Barefoot’s seat in the 13th District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    Judicial races in North Carolina are nonpartisan.

    Richard Cox

  • Brunswick County dips in census ranking

    Brunswick County has long enjoyed a spot on the U.S. Census Bureau’s fastest-growing counties list.

    The county was the 14th fastest growing in the country in 2007. Since then, Brunswick County has ranked 17th, 28th and 37th.

    The Census Bureau released its most recent list last week.

    Between April 2010 and July 2011, Brunswick County was the 93rd fastest growing county in the country.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 4-9, special operations set up checkpoints on N.C. 87, N.C. 133, N.C. 211 and Oxpen Road.

    Deputies issued 100 total charges and citations, including four driving while impaired (DWI) charges and 51 speed violations.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •William Tyler Miller, 24, of 58 North Side Drive, Shallotte, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents from April 4-9, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident logs:

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole farm and garden vehicles from victim.

    •Vandalism on River Road in Leland; suspect damaged a Redbox.

    •Vandalism on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

  • It’s POTUS v. SCOTUS on Marbury v. Madison and judicial review

    Oh-Bama, what a thing to say!

    Turns out our president—you know the Harvard Law-educated, self-proclaimed constitutional scholar—has some, er, misgivings about the Supreme Court and its role in shaping law.

    I guess Barack Obama missed the day Harvard law professors went over Marbury v. Madison, which was mostly likely the first year, if not the first week of law school.