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Today's News

  • 'Black Widow' pleads guilty to identity theft

    “Black Widow” Sandra Camille Powers has had her day in court.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Powers, 63, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated identity theft. She appeared before U.S. District Judge James C. Denver III.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Lt. Marty Folding, who initially investigated Powers last year, said Powers faces up to two years in prison for her federal conviction.

    Folding said a federal judge will decide May 19 if Powers will receive credit for time already served, which is now approaching one year.

  • County starts budget process for next fiscal year

    LELAND—County commissioners have begun the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Brunswick County Commissioners met Monday and Tuesday to hear budget requests from department heads and county staff.

    The board was scheduled to continue its budget retreat at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    County manager Marty Lawing told commissioners the county is considering moving toward Web-based job postings and applications.

    “It’s what everybody else is doing,” Lawing said.

  • Dole speaks to Brunswick County Republican party

    Brunswick County Republican Party members and other county officials had the chance to meet and greet former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole Saturday night.

    Dole gave the keynote address at the Brunswick County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

    “I’m speaking tonight as an American,” Dole said.

    Dole’s keynote addressed many issues, such as his run for the presidency, the war in Iraq and his own military experiences.

    “At one point, 60 percent of soldiers in Iraq came from North Carolina,” he said.

  • Emergency services wants some departmental changes

    LELAND—Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson has asked county commissioners to include funding for two departmental overhauls in next fiscal year’s budget.

    At the county commissioners’ budget retreat Monday, Thompson unveiled two projects he said would help public safety agencies around the county.

    The first project involves taking over the daily operations of the Shallotte Fire Training Center owned by the town of Shallotte.

  • Candidate filings open in Brunswick County

    Candidate filings have opened for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11 and will close at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    At press time Tuesday, the following candidates filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 17)

    •Bonner Stiller (incumbent), Republican, Oak Island

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 20)

  • Southport Internal Medicine to host open house

    Southport Internal Medicine will host a community open house from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

    The public can meet the group’s newest physician, Thomas Beckett, M.D., and tour the new office at 1456 Howe St., Suites 201 and 202, Southport.

    The group moved to its new office in October 2007. Just a few blocks from the former office at 11 East 9th St., the new, larger office is across from Kerr Drug.

  • Festival, Coffey receive awards

    At the recent North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events Showfest, the North Carolina Oyster Festival, hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, won several awards including event of the year, best brochure and best event photo. Kristin Coffey, the chamber’s festival and events director, earned the festival event director of the year award. 'Kristin has done an amazing job in planning, implementing and growing our festival,' stated chamber president Cathy Altman.

  • Curves plans 10th annual food drive

    Curves of Shallotte will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

    Last year, the Curves Food Drive collected nearly 11 million pounds of food for local communities all over the world. This year, Curves has set a goal to collect 15 million pounds to help even more people in need of healthy food.

  • Calabash commissioners fire town administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have voted to fire town administrator Donna Prince “without cause.” They will buy out the remainder of her contract, which was to expire in November.

    The unanimous vote came Feb. 20 following a specially called, closed meeting attended by the town’s five commissioners, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and attorney Mark Lewis.

  • Former manager arrested in Sea Fine Art Gallery thefts; some art recovered

    CALABASH—The former manager of a local art gallery has been arrested and charged in connection with a break-in and theft of art from the gallery.

    Russell J. Brassard, 72, of 222 Beachwood Drive, Calabash, was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny on Feb. 19, two days after the reported break-in at the closed Sea Fine Art Gallery in the Harbor Court complex in downtown Calabash.

    Brassard was slated for a first court appearance last Thursday and has a trial date of March 25, according to the Brunswick County criminal clerk of court office.