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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

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

    From Nov. 29-Dec.5, K-9 deputies answered 22 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Caisons Creek, Seashore Hills and Varnamtown.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Jason Cervontia Tooley, 28, of 221 Randolphville Road NE, Bolivia; charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Stone Chimney Road closure expanded through February 2011

    Stone Chimney road in Supply will remain closed until next year.

    According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road will remain closed until Feb. 16, 2011.

    The road was closed for bridge repair work to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29.

    But this week officials announced the road would remain closed for a total of 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.

  • Shallotte Rotary sets Las Vegas night

    On Jan. 29, Shallotte Rotary Club will have its sixth Las Vegas Night at 101 Stone Chimney Road from 6-10 p.m.

    Eight years ago, the Shallotte Rotary Club spun off from its sister club, the South Brunswick Island Rotary Club, which is a breakfast club. Having a lunch club that met centrally in Shallotte gained a lot of attention, and today the nearly 30 members of the Shallotte club are one of the strongest clubs in District 7730.

  • Still in business: Some sweepstakes sites gambling on new software

    Promptly at midnight Dec. 1, Internet sweepstakes games at most area establishments were officially stopped in accordance with a new state law that took effect banning the games.

    But by this past Monday, some of the businesses are already back in operation after proprietors said they had upgraded their software.

    Signs posted on doors of other establishments indicate the closures are just temporary.

  • Employee bonuses on Carolina Shores agenda Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are reconsidering giving Christmas bonuses to town employees this year.

    They informally agreed at a town workshop Monday to have the issue placed on the agenda for discussion at their upcoming meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, after the matter was voted down last month.

    The idea transpired after town maintenance head Tom Donlon said employees in his department aren’t interested in having a holiday dinner this year for various reasons, including morale.

  • Future parking draws more public comments in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Eleven more residents voiced concerns about future parking on the Sunset Beach island at a second public meeting Dec. 2.

    Sam Gibbs, who has a duplex on East Main Street, said he’s concerned about “turning Main Street into a parking lot.”

    When he thinks of the term “right-of-way,” Gibbs said he thinks of utility services like hydrants, lights and stop signs.

  • Communication problems cited at Calabash fire

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork says Brunswick County's emergency radio system did not work properly during the Nov. 30 fire at Capt. John's Seafood House and caused communication problems among firefighters at the scene.

    He said failure of a communication tower in Sunset Beach contributed to the problem and that his department had to switch to the emergency system of adjacent Horry County, S.C., which provided mutual aid at the scene.

  • Holden Beach settles with former officer in discrimination case

    BOLIVIA—Former Holden Beach Police officer Terri Oxford has settled her wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit with the town of Holden Beach.

    Norwood Blanchard, plaintiff’s counsel for the town, said Oxford and the town settled Monday, Dec. 6, in Brunswick County Civil Superior Court.

    Blanchard said the final terms of the settlement were not complete but Oxford would likely receive a $70,000 settlement payment as well as reimbursement for litigation expenses and attorneys fees not to exceed $67,500.

  • Record lows may be possible this week

    Brunswick County is experiencing some colder-than-usual temperatures this week as a cold system has settled into the area.

    By about 10 a.m. Tuesday, temperatures had reached only about 27 degrees but with the wind chill it felt more like 17 degrees outside.

    Throughout Tuesday, temperatures are only expected to climb into the low 40s. Normal for this time of year is about 62 degrees, with a record high of 82 set in 1998 and a record low of 20 set in 1954, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

  • BCC men upset No. 3 Northwest Florida 73-72

     The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team defeated previously unbeaten No. 3 Northwest Florida State College 73-72 Dec. 3 in the Panhandle Classic in Marianna, Fla.

    “It is the highest rated team we have ever beaten,” BCC coach Walter Shaw said. “And it is probably the biggest win in the history of the school outside of winning the region tournament championship (last season) and going to (the national tournament) in Hutchinson.

    “We made a name for ourselves.”