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Today's News

  • South Carolina man sentenced to 14 years for wire fraud

    RALEIGH—A South Carolina man convicted of defrauding hundreds of customers in a furniture store scam he ran out of Calabash has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Henry Rayford Privette Jr., 55, of Johns Island, S.C., was sentenced to 168 months, or 14 years, in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

    Privette was also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

    He was convicted in U.S. District Court on Aug. 13, 2008, for 10 counts of wire fraud.

  • County unemployment rate up again; more laid-off workers enrolling at BCC

    Brunswick County unemployment rate continued its upward climb in December, topping out at 9.9 percent, according to the state Employment Security Commission.

    Eli Smith, manager of the local ESC office, said his office took about 492 claims during that month, the most he can remember in a month.

    Smith said people are still looking for work “across the board,” in industries from construction to retail to manufacturing.

  • County approves financing plans for Calabash, Sunset Beach sewer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have approved financing for sewer systems for Sunset Beach and Calabash, giving customers 10 years to pay the assessments in installments.

    Those who pay their full assessments within 30 days will receive a 5 percent discount, as recommended by county finance director Ann Hardy, who presented the proposed agreements for approval at Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting.

    According to Hardy, county utilities director Jerry Pierce anticipates awarding four contracts for the Sunset Beach project.

  • Calabash merchants demand 'people's rights' regarding UDO

    CALABASH—Despite what town officials say, a pending Unified Development Ordinance draft will hurt local businesses, merchants claim.

    “The town should be representative of the people,” local restaurateur Jeff Sisk said last week following a Jan. 27 hearing that drew a standing-room-only crowd of business owners opposed to the draft as it’s written.

    “They shouldn’t impose their philosophy or opinions unless it’s done by the people,” he said, standing outside his family’s Sunrise Pancake House on Beach Drive.

  • Carolina Shores nixes sheriff's contract with Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners on Tuesday voted against contracting with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to provide additional law enforcement protection for Carolina Shores and Calabash.

    The unanimous vote at the specially called meeting came after all five commissioners voiced concern about the minimal annual cost of $150,000 for an entry-level officer, which the two towns would split if both approved such a contract.

  • Board hears parents concerns regarding Cedar Grove redistricting

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Board of Education had a public forum Tuesday to discuss the redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School and heard the same concern several times from several parents—they do not want individual elementary school classes broken apart and sent to different schools.

    Scenario 1 include 310 students from Shallotte Middle, 110 from South Brunswick Middle, 96 from Virginia Williamson Elementary, 69 from Supply Elementary and14 from Bolivia Elementary.

  • Ocean Isle Beach crime report

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

    • Larceny of household items and breaking and entering on Driftwood Street. Suspect entered home and removed 12 towels, five washcloths, two three-quart pots, one six-quart pot, one marble roller, five spoons and one box of kitchen bags.

    • Larceny of propeller and Penn rod. Suspect took a stainless propeller and fishing pole, totaling $750.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

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

    From Jan. 26-Feb.1, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 18 calls, issued eight uniformed citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints in the following areas: Gray Bridge Road, N.C. 133, Stone Chimney Road, Mount Pisgah Road and Lincoln Road.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE 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 driving while impaired, driver’s license and criminal information 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Counterfeit bill at the Brunswick County Tax Office; suspect tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.

    •Breaking and entering on Egret Drive in Supply; suspect took pump out of victim’s pump house and damaged a window on front door.

    •Breaking and entering and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle on Compass Pointe; suspect broke into four vehicles and four trailers.