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Today's News

  • Commissioner’s e-mail may violate state’s open meetings law

    An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says a recent e-mail sent at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren is a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    N.C. Press Association Attorney Mike Tadych said a Jan. 5 e-mail sent to poll commissioners about donating money to Brunswick Family Assistance during a recent county Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, N.C. General Statute 143-318.10.

  • Defiant DSS attorney refuses to accept commissioners’ termination

    Like chairman, like attorney.

    DSS attorney Gary Shipman appears to be taking a page from Social Services board chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren’s playbook as he refuses to step down from his post, even though Brunswick County commissioners voted to terminate his contract Jan. 18.

  • Code of ethics violation could lead to commissioner’s censure

    BOLIVIA—All but one commissioner agree—Charles Warren is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

    Warren, as one would expect, is the lone commissioner who doesn’t agree, claiming he is not in violation of the code of ethics, even questioning the legitimacy of the state-required code of ethics, approved by commissioners in December.

  • One brother arrested, second brother wanted for multiple larceny offenses

    SUPPLY—One brother is in custody and a second brother is wanted for a months-long string of breaking and entering offenses throughout Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest of James Taylor Beaver in the Supply area Tuesday night.

    James Taylor Beaver’s brother, Thomas Fletcher Beaver, is a wanted suspect.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects:

    •Lisa Barfield Kotecki, 47, of 1472-2 Copas Road, Shallotte, was arrested Jan. 4 and charged with conspiracy to deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sell a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, trafficking in opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • General Assembly convenes Wednesday, Jan. 26

    RALEIGH—The 2011-2012 session of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes at noon Wednesday, Jan. 26.

    When it does, it will be the first time in more than a century that Republicans will control both the state House and the state Senate.

    In the November 2010 election, Republicans picked up 67 state House seats, while the Democrats held on to 52 seats. In the state Senate, one unaffiliated representative was elected to the state house.

  • Sink or Swin - Part 2

    Local anti-North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) mega-port groups aren’t convinced the issue of building a port in Southport is dead.

    Recently the North Carolina Ports Authority (NCPA), the Army Corps of Engineers and Secretary Dee Freeman of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources expressed their efforts have been refocused on expansion of the existing port in Wilmington.

  • CHIEFS changing attitudes one at a time

    Four years ago, Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause received a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to start a program for high-risk youth.

    The program, called Chiefs Helping in Educating Families and Students (CHIEFS), began its first year at Shallotte Middle School with five students participating. Now it has  more than 47 students registered for the 10-month after-school program.

    “We focus on teamwork, leadership and respect,” Gause said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on North Howe Street in Southport; suspect hauled off victim’s vehicle that was not running.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Mulligan Way in Bolivia; suspect broke into victim’s back door and stole items.

  • 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 and driver’s license 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.