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Today's News

  • Tourist season up about 3 percent over 2007

    Even with the high gas prices and slumping economy, occupancy tax revenue was up about 3 percent over last year during Brunswick County’s summer tourist season, according to officials with the Tourism Development Authority.

    Mitzi York, the authority’s executive director, said Tuesday that May figures were up 15.5 percent over last year’s while June was down 7 percent.

    All the July and August numbers aren’t in yet, but York said the county is expected to finish the year about 2.98 percent over last year.

  • Calabash residents bring questions about future sewer system

    CALABASH—A steady flow of residents brought questions and sought answers at an informational wastewater system workshop.

    The three-hour session Aug. 28 was designed to give future sewer-system customers a chance to talk with county officials and representatives with HDR Engineering, the company designing the town’s future $7 million wastewater system.

  • Carolina Shores leaders interested in satellite sheriff's station

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are hopeful greater police protection is just up the road and around the bend.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said at Tuesday’s monthly workshop and meeting that she, Mayor Stephen Selby and commissioner Jack Csernecky met recently with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram to discuss having greater police coverage in the Carolina Shores area.

    Ingram said he is going to put in for two substations—one at Grissettown and the other on the north end of the county.

  • Legislators override boat trailer bill veto; reaction pro and con

    The N.C. General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill that would loosen restrictions on oversize boat trailers—a bill for which local and state tourism officials have been lobbying over the past year.

    The legislation, House Bill 2167, is titled, “An act to increase the width of boats that may be transported on highway routes during the day and night without a permit and to provide for an annual permit as opposed to a single trip permit for oversize boats.”

  • 9/11 memorial events next Thursday in Brunswick County

    Next Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will again host a 9/11 Memorial.

    This service will honor the memory of the 343 New York Fire Department members who were killed in the line of duty on that date seven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    At 10 a.m., a motorcade will leave the Food Lion parking lot at Carolina Commons Shopping Center on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

  • County unemployment rate continues to rise; many take advantage of benefits

    Bill Immen of Holden Beach just filed for unemployment for the first time in his life, but he’s still optimistic about the future. He says he’s entering a new phase in his life and career and is making sure he’s available for the next opportunity.

    Immen moved to Brunswick County from New Jersey 23 years ago as a machinist with General Electric. In 1998, he left his job for health reasons and soon started his own paint contracting company.

  • BAT Mobile brings blood alcohol testing to Brunswick streets

    Surrounded by pictures of alcohol-related fatalities he responded to as a police officer in Havelock, Ken Rhodes performed routine maintenance on the instruments in the BAT Mobile.

    Outside the BAT Mobile, or Blood Alcohol Testing mobile unit, officers set up their checkpoint at the state line as part of the “Hands Across the Border.”

    Last Friday night, officers from various agencies in Brunswick and New Hanover counties converged on the state line to combat drunk driving.

  • No charges in double shooting, investigation ongoing

    No charges have been filed in a double-shooting, but assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the investigation is ongoing.

    “There are two or three areas we need to do some follow-up in, which may take some time,” Bollinger said about the investigation.

    Bollinger met with the victims’ families last Friday morning.

    The victims, Donovan Charles Morrison, 22, of 5088 Little Prong Road, Ash, and Calvin Mosley, 27, of Plantation Drive, Little River, S.C., were shot around 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

  • Two arrested at South Brunswick High for weapons, drugs

    Two men were arrested Friday afternoon at South Brunswick High School for having weapons, drugs and alcohol on school property.

    The suspects, Michael Dean Stout, 19, of 10267 N.C. 86, Providence, and Christopher Kory Jeffries, 20, of 1712 McCrary Road, Burlington, are not students at the school, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison said.

    Stout was charged with possession of a malt beverage on school property, possession of a weapon on school property and no driver’s license.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged David Mart, 51, of Gate 3, Ocean Isle Beach, with driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia after a checkpoint stop.

    •Larceny of an air conditioning unit at Bedland; suspect removed an $800 air conditioning unit without permission.

    •Vandalism/property damage on Wild Raven Street; suspect slashed the victim’s tires, causing $200 in damage.