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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach firefighters rescue sea turtle

    Two Sunset Beach firefighters, Scott Bookout and Henry Klutz recued a sea turtle near the Sunset Beach Pier last Friday. The turtle was swimming in the area around the Sunset Beach Pier when it became entangled in fishing line.
    According to Carmel Zetts, coordinator of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch program, someone called her to report a turtle in distress near the pier. She assessed the situation and realized the turtle was caught.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

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

    From July 19-25, K-9 deputies answered 20 calls, wrote six citations and made seven drug arrests.

    Drug charges included four possession of a ounce or less of marijuana, seven possession of drug paraphernalia and three felony possession of cocaine.

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Jim Street in Shallotte; suspect entered vehicle and took wallet.

    •Larceny on Ash Little River Road in Ash; suspect removed a Myers pump valued at $2,000.

    •Larceny and property damage on Port Loop Road in Southport; suspect broke a window and entered residence and stole an air conditioning unit and microwave.

  • 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.

  • Stolen car leads to two-state police chase

    A suspect who stole a car in Supply on Monday morning led police on a two-state chase before he was eventually apprehended.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller, the suspect stole a car in Supply around 11 a.m. Monday, July 26. Sheriff’s deputies responded, and chased the suspect.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said the suspect was Jeffery Darryl Collins.

    “We used stop sticks twice,” Miller said about the chase.

  • Chief Layne takes stand in wrongful termination trial of former officer

    BOLIVIA—Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne took the witness stand Tuesday, July 27, to testify in the wrongful termination and gender discrimination trial of former Holden Beach police officer Terri Oxford.

    Oxford, who worked for the town police department from 1999-2008, filed a wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit after she was fired from the town in 2008.

    Testimony in the trial has been under way since last Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Oxford claims she was wrongly fired from the town because she is a woman.

  • Tuition for out-of-district, state students to be determined

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will soon decide how to charge students coming from out of district and out of state, as policy No. 4135 is up for review.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, said at a policy committee meeting Tuesday the district has not imposed fees on students who live in North Carolina but outside the Brunswick County School district.

    According to the board’s current policy, such students are subject to $2,528 in tuition fees, which is equal to the local per pupil allocation.

  • Calabash Originals: Seafood Capital celebrates restaurateurs at third annual Town Hall Day

    It was another day for Calabash to be “done up” proud as the Seafood Capital paid homage to its restaurant pioneers at its third annual Town Hall Day on July 24.

    Among restaurant families who showed up were Virgil “Tinky” Coleman and his sister, Clarice Holden. Their mother, Lucy Coleman, has been recognized as the original “Mrs. Calabash” as dubbed by entertainer Jimmy Durante.

  • 'Margaret, Pirate Queen' book and author enjoy local launch

    After several years in the making, “Margaret, Pirate Queen” is ready to set sail.

    Brunswick County resident Marsha Tennant, who along with her students wrote the illustrated book based on the pirate adventures of her late, great dog, Margaret, is thrilled the book once targeted for publication by Scholastic has finally been released by a new publisher.

  • Reelin' 'em in

    In Brunswick County, it’s a no-brainer: Fresh fish is better, and locally caught is best.

    That’s the basis of Brunswick Catch, a group of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and restaurant owners spawned two years ago to promote locally harvested seafood.