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Today's News

  • Pistol reported stolen in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The local police department is investigating a reported theft of a pistol.

    Someone told Sunset Beach police on Sunday, Jan. 23, a pistol had been stolen from a vehicle on High Market Street.

  • Group still hopes to 'race' to aid of county animals

    Interest continues to grow in a group hoping to take over management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter later this year.

    Saturday, more than 100 people turned out for a public meeting of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) that took place at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. in Shallotte.

    Organizer Cheri McLain said no chairs were left as she went over assorted animal issues at what she says will be the last meeting before the issue goes to the county board of health for consideration and a vote, slated for Feb. 14.

  • Winter-wear is a totally different style at the beach

    Call me crazy, but since it’s been so cold and the middle of winter and all, lately I’ve been getting the urge to don a coat and place a knit toboggan on top of my head. Oh, and socks and boots on my feet and leggings, too, which I think are kind of trendy.

    Not at the beach.

    “Cute cap,” remarked a regular, bare-headed patron of Sunset Beach Town Council meetings upon my arrival at the board’s monthly session Jan. 10. His baby grandson, he said, wore the same kind of headgear when the infant went home from the hospital.

  • Party honors retiring Carolina Shores administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Dozens of people turned out last week to pay tribute to Linda Herncane, the town’s first administrator who is retiring after more than 12 years on the job.

    The turnout included the current mayor and former mayors who spoke at the Jan. 21 fete during a presentation honoring Herncane, who says her last official workday with the town is this coming Friday, Jan. 28.

  • Construction in Calabash: Apartments should be ready for renters by March

    CALABASH—Standing outside 14 three-story apartment buildings under construction off Old Georgetown Road, developer Jim Myers says it won’t be long before the units are ready for tenants.

    “We’ve got 14 apartment buildings, four garages and the clubhouse,” said the Charlotte-based developer with Shallotte Partners.

    Describing the development as his “baby,” Myers is pleased to have finally gotten it off the ground, considering not only the economic climate, but the “physical climate” as well.

  • Valued employees: Seniors add to workplace atmosphere

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—“Did you find everything you need?” cashier Marie Feda asks one of many customers on a busy workday at Lowes Foods.

    “Plastic OK?” her husband, Sam Feda, follows up as he bags the customer’s groceries at the end of the checkout where he and his wife often work in tandem.

    The senior couple from Calabash are among those who have been working at the store since it first opened in summer 2006, part of the hard-working team at the store frequented by Brunswick County residents.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

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

    •Steven Thomas Balsavich, 29, of 1912 Trifon Drive, Supply, was arrested for failure to appear. The suspect was pulled over for a lost or stolen vehicle tag. The officer arrested Balsavich when he found a warrant for failure to appear out of Brunswick County. He was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 bond.

  • High school band teacher arrested for sexually explicit text messages

    A high school band teacher has been arrested, charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to a student.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, North Brunswick High School band teacher Mark Riel was arrested over the weekend after a school official reported he had sent “inappropriate sexual content text messages” to a student.

  • Lady Dolphins win; BCC men lose

     Shaquitta Jones  blocked a shot with 24 seconds left and Kiandra Long made two free throws with 17.8 seconds left as the Brunswick Community College women’s basketball team beat Catawba Valley Community College 62-56 Sunday afternoon.

    The victory on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center avenged an 87-54 defeat earlier this season and improved BCC’s record to 7-8.

    Jones scored 19 points and Danielle Blunt 13. Other BCC scorers: Chelsea McGowan 10, Julia Crews 8, Long 7, Cassie Harrell 3, Emily Schweer 2.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South swimmers get set for regional

     In their last full-field home meets of the season, the South Brunswick High School swim teams finished second in six-team meets Saturday morning at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    “I was pleased with today’s meet,” South coach Wes Cross said, “because everybody was lowering times. At this meet, we didn’t swim our kids in their best events because we were trying to get them qualified (for regional) in everything we can. We were mixing them around—and we still finished second.”