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Today's News

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Christopher Eugene Norris, 40, of High Point; charged with shoplifting at Walmart.

    •Lavernal Tean Nicholson, 19, of Bolivia; charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to appear.

    •Tunaisha Lynn Tooley, 29, of Supply; charged with failure to yield, no insurance and displayed a revoked registration plate following a two-car wreck on Main Street.

  • Museum Foundation’s executive director moving on to new opportunities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is searching for a new executive director.

    Executive director Scott Kucera, who has been with the foundation since 2005, has accepted an education extension and training specialist position with the Division of Coastal Management in Beaufort. His last day in Brunswick County is Oct. 8.

    “We have family in that area,” Kucera said, adding he and his wife both lived in the Beaufort area before moving to Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners deny request asking for increased height restrictions

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioners denied a request for an amendment to the zoning text height ordinance Tuesday morning in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The request from Waterway Cove asked the height restriction in multifamily residential zones be increased to 42 feet from grade. The current height restriction is 36 feet.

  • Property owners believe dredging caused damage, asks town for assistance

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Property owners in Ocean Isle Beach are asking the town for assistance after this weekend’s rainfall left gaping holes in their back and side yards and washed out several areas under the house.

    Jim and Kim Brown of 30 Scotland St. believe what happened to their property is a result from the concrete canal dredging project, which occurred about a year and a half ago.

    Kim Brown said her husband repaired four sinkholes against their sea wall this past summer, and several of their neighbors have sinkhole issues as well.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Robert Thomas Libby, 20, of Little River, S.C.; charged with possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on East Second Street.

    •Jacob Allen Fordham, 23, of Selma; charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

    •Ashley Grant Womack, 30, of Sanford; charged with resisting a public officer on Causeway Drive.

  • 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.

  • Hospital to revert to county when Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens next summer

    When Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens the doors to its 74-bed, $107 million hospital in summer 2011, ownership of Brunswick Community Hospital will revert to the county.

    At their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 8, members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority approved a resolution to revert the hospital and hospital property to county commissioners.

    The resolution states the hospital is to be transferred to the county “as is.”

  • GOP chairman reacts to commissioners’ per diem, mileage spending

    George Bell, chairman of the Brunswick County Republican Party, said he believes in President Ronald Reagan’s unwritten 11th commandment—never criticize a fellow Republican in public.

    In the past two weeks, Bell said there has been turmoil within the ranks of the Brunswick County GOP, even those who have broken Reagan’s rule over commissioners’ per diem and mileage reimbursements, which, in some cases, have more than doubled their salaries.

  • Behind the scenes: How sunshine can melt even the biggest of icebergs

    There’s been a flurry of activity in our newsroom lately. Newsrooms are always bustling, especially a smaller one like ours where everyone wears several hats, but it seems once the calendar turns to September things really take off.

    Between special sections (check out The Real Women of Brunswick County in today’s paper), elections (and all the melee that comes with them) and festivals each and every weekend from now until the first frost, there hasn’t been much downtime lately.

  • 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:

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on A.I. Clemmons Road in Shallotte; suspect assaulted victim with a hammer.

    •Contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Little Shallotte River Drive in Shallotte; suspect gave a minor alcohol.