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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach allots full $2.1 million to buy future park land

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved allocating the full $2.1 million cost to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park from the town’s cash reserves.

    The unanimous vote came during Monday night’s standing-room-only monthly meeting, where citizens were given an opportunity to speak on the matter beforehand during a public hearing.

  • Commissioner files police report for intimidation

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren has filed a report with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office claiming to be intimidated and harassed by fellow county commissioners.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Francisco said he is investigating two claims made by Warren.

    The first claim is that commissioners Bill Sue and Scott Phillips have conspired to intimidate, harass and racially profile against him.

  • Calabash to consider budget June 14

    CALABASH—A public hearing for the proposed 2011-2012 budget is on the upcoming meeting agenda of the Calabash Board of Commissioners, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at town hall.

    The meeting will also include public hearings for UDO amendments and a zoning map amendment.

  • Carolina Shores nearing budget adoption

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are poised to adopt a new fiscal budget for 2011-2012.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, said the board would take an initial vote on the ordinance of the recommended $1.4 million balanced budget, then follow up with identification of any modifications it would like to make.

  • Calabash commissioner resigns from fire board

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Jody Nance has resigned from the Calabash Fire Department board of directors.

    Nance tendered his resignation by way of a letter dated June 3 and addressed to board chairman Jennings Edge.

    The letter was copied to board members, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Calabash commissioners, The Brunswick Beacon and the town of Calabash.

    Nance’s letter stated his resignation is effective immediately.

    “I wish you all the very best in your department,” Nance wrote.

  • Smoke but no fires

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner issued the following press release today to advise the public of the smoke conditions in the area:
    Brunswick County as well as the entire Southeast North Carolina Region is experiencing a heavy smoke condition this morning. At this time there are no known wildfires or controlled burns in our county or region that this can be attributed to and it is thought to be drift smoke from the Pain's Bay fire in Dare County which has burned approximately 45,0000 acres.

  • McCumbee fourth in ARCA race

     Chad McCumbee finished fourth Saturday in the ARCA Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.

    McCumbee started 13th in the No. 1 ModSpace Ford, moved to eighth by Lap 40 and was fourth at Lap 50, the halfway point of the race. He maintained that position through most of the rest of the race, finishing fourth and earning a top-five for the second consecutive week.

    McCumbee entered the race fifth in the ARCA championship standings and 185 points out of the lead.

  • Lawsuit against county claims ‘racially discriminatory pattern’

    By CAROLINE CURRAN AND RACHEL JOHNSON

    STAFF WRITERS

    BOLIVIA—A concerned citizens group recently filed suit against Brunswick County claiming racial discrimination, and one local minority leader said it wouldn’t be the last.

    Last Friday, June 3, members of the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) filed a discrimination lawsuit against Brunswick County in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates a shooting

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Sgt. April Stanley confirmed on Friday that the sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Thursday, June 2 at approximately 1 p.m.

    The sheriff’s office responded to 758 Longwood Road in reference to a victim stating he had been shot.

    The call was reported as a walk-in to the Grissettown Longwood Volunteer Fire Department. Civietown fire chief Mark Hewett and another Civietown volunteer fireman were on duty at the fire department when the victim arrived.

  • Money lender arrested

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Department of Motor Vehicles began an investigation into a Wilmington company nearly two years ago that led to an arrest last week.

    The Department of Insurance and DMV received numerous community complaints regarding fraud and possible predatory lending processes stemming from a company named Time Finance Services. An investigation reported in December 2009 in Brunswick County led to a cooperative effort from Sheriff’s Office Detectives, DOI and DMV Inspectors.