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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Independent review of SBI forensics lab questions serology results

    RALEIGH—In February, the North Carolina Innocence Commission exonerated Gregory Taylor, who was serving a life sentence for a 1993 murder he did not commit.

    After serving 17 years of his life sentence, Taylor was freed, and N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper ordered an independent review of the State Bureau of Investigations Forensics Laboratory the next month.

  • Shallotte planners considering new regs for RV parks

    Developer Pete Mace of Southern Pines is proposing to develop a recreational vehicle (RV) resort on property along Shallotte’s Village Point Road, a place where part-time residents could purchase plots of land to park their RVs.

    The parcels would be larger than are allowed in a typical RV park, where spaces are rented rather than purchased outright.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Billy Vester Jones Jr., 35, of 269 Union School Road, Shallotte, with violation of a restraining order after receiving a call about a domestic violence incident. Police stopped Jones, who admitted to having been with the victim in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $1,500 secured bond.

  • Internet sweepstakes café robbed

    The Gold Strike Internet Sweepstakes Café on Holden Beach Road was robbed Monday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, two male suspects robbed the sweepstakes café around 9:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23.

    Stanley said the suspects entered the business and demanded cash. A patron was assaulted during the robbery. The suspects then left the business with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the patron suffered minor injuries.

  • N.C. towns sued over Internet sweepstakes fees

    Two companies that provide software for Internet sweepstakes operations have filed suit against five North Carolina towns in an effort to overturn licensing fees imposed on the businesses.

    With various Brunswick County towns imposing similar fees, the question remains, “Are we next?”

    Lawyers for International Internet Technologies Inc. and Hest Technologies Inc. filed suit Aug. 6 in Burke County Superior Court against the towns of Fayetteville, Lumberton, Pembroke, Morganton and Wilmington, which had adopted per-machine privilege license fees.

  • Church to open own practice in Supply Medical Campus

    Dr. Lori Church, a general practitioner formerly with Sunset Beach Family Medicine, will open a practice of her own Sept. 9 at Supply Medical Campus, sharing a suite with cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Seder.

    “I always had a desire and people were always telling my I should practice for myself,” Church said recently, as she busily prepared her new office in the main building on the campus.

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine officially shut its doors June 11, after Novant Medical Group decided not to continue its partnership with the practice.

  • Shallotte High School Class of '55 reunion

      PHOTO BY GAYE VARNAM FULFORD

  • 'Playful' art showcased in latest show at Franklin Square Gallery

    Creativity and imagination, often with a playful edge, distinguish the work of two artists featured this month at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    Claire Sallenger Martin of Supply has spent a lifetime in the arts, developing her own unique style. Rebecca Pierre of Oak Island, a published poet and professional writer, turned to pottery for yet another form of artistic expression.

    Martin and Pierre will showcase their newest original creations from Aug. 23 to Sept. 25.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Bank purchases Brick Landing properties

    Greensboro-based Carolina Bank was the only bidder last Friday at the auction for foreclosed Brick Landing Plantation Golf Course properties.

    The bank agreed to purchase the 130 acres for $1.3 million.

    The bank president says the company is in talks with several parties interested in taking over operation of the 18-hole golf course along the Intracoastal Waterway.