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Today's News

  • Calabash fire chief and wife plan to retire (again) in June

    CALABASH—When they first settled in the seafood capital 12 years ago, Karl and Linda Bennett thought they were retiring.

    But then they started volunteering with the Calabash Fire Department. One thing led to another, and soon they were involved fulltime in a profession they thought they had left behind in Ravena, N.Y.

    After more than a decade with the Calabash department, fire chief Bennett and his wife, who serves as administrative assistant and board secretary for the department, plan to retire June 30. They have launched a search for their replacements.

  • Tree ordinance upheld in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Brunswick County small claims judgment has upheld the town’s tree ordinance.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane, speaking at a town meeting last week, said the decision reached last month was the result of a small claims suit filed by the town earlier this year.

    The defendant is Bill E. Lane, owner of Blue Border Travel Trailers at 9351 Ocean Highway West.

    According to the complaint, the town’s building inspection department noticed construction activity had occurred at the site while inspecting an adjacent subdivision last July.

  • Hospital employees pledge to build new Habitat house

    SUNSET HARBOR—A single mother with five children will be the owner of a new home thanks to the generosity of Brunswick Community Hospital employees.

    Chowan Simmons and her children joined with hospital employees and Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity officials last week to break ground on a new 1,300-square-foot house in the Pelican Point subdivision.

    The house is one of three Novant Health employees across the state are building to celebrate the company’s 10-year anniversary.

  • Swain Creek neighbors shocked by road fence

    SUPPLY—Driving her father to a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon, Nancy Nixon was surprised when she saw someone putting a chain across the dirt road she lives on, preventing her from driving onto U.S. 17.

    Immediately, she got out and asked the man who he was and what he was doing. He said told her he was working for the owner of the property, Estelle Varnam.

    Nixon said her family had already called the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when they saw posts had been erected on each side of the dirt path. They called again Monday.

  • Governors' candidate forum sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon

    Interested in where the candidates for North Carolina governor stand on the issues?

    Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will square off April 17 at the “2008 North Carolina Governor’s Stand Up and Vote Candidates Forum,” at the Schwartz Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington.

    The Brunswick Beacon, a media partner for the candidate forum, is seeking questions from readers about what issues affect Brunswick County and its residents.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week:

    •Police arrested Alyssa Joy Skiff, 25, of Libby’s Lane, Conway, S.C., on April 4 and charged her with driving while impaired and open container. According to the report, police received a call about a vehicle “all over 17 north.” At Shallotte’s north end light, an officer stopped Skiff and noticed she had glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol. She was placed in the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Man arrested twice in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have arrested a local man on drug charges, his second arrest in a week.

    Matthew Shawn Arnette, 34, of 219 Live Oak Drive in Sunset Beach, was charged April 4 with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Arnette previously was arrested by the Sunset Beach Police Department on March 31 for parole violation.

  • Search warrant leads to one arrest

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested one suspect after a search warrant last Friday.

    Lindsay Marie Bullock, 23, of 7099 Channel II St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Bullock was released from the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.

  • Escaped inmate captured, in custody at Brunswick County Detention Center

    An inmate who escaped from a Columbus County Jail in November has been captured.

    Jimmy Carroll Edwards, 27, of 215 W. Third St., Chadbourn, was arrested last Friday in Clemson, S.C.

    At press time Tuesday, Edwards in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center in lieu of a $51,500 secured bond.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jayne Todd, Edwards is facing 38 charges in Brunswick County, including fraud, counterfeit checks, obtaining property by false pretences and probation violation.

  • Crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Cambria Court in Sunset Beach; suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a digital camera and credit cards.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect entered victim’s home and stole a camera, a computer and a PlayStation.

    •Property damage at Town Creek Park in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s car.