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Today's News

  • 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.

    •Sarah Danielle Clemmons, 18, of 1865 Little Shallotte River Road, was arrested for drunk and disruptive and underage consumption. The subject was standing outside of her vehicle on Frontage Road with a group of people. The vehicle was parked in the road and still running.

  • DSS board to meet to begin reviewing director’s applications

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have called a special meeting to begin reviewing applications for the permanent DSS director’s position.

    The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the DSS conference room, has only one item on the agenda—to go into closed session to review applications for the director’s position.

    Interim DSS Director Neil Walters said 50 people have applied for the director’s job, not all of who are qualified for the position.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center nears completion

    SUPPLY—When hospital officials open the doors to Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer, Brunswick County residents will have access to state-of-the-art healthcare right in their backyard.

    With four floors and 252,370 square feet, the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center eclipses its predecessor, Brunswick Community Hospital at one floor and 72,533 square feet.

    The new hospital site is about 3 miles north of the current hospital, on the southbound side of U.S. 17 in Supply.

  • 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 Feb. 7-13, K-9 deputies answered two calls, wrote two citations and made five drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Turkey Trap Road and McMilly Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Fernado Noyola, 25, of 54 Bug Hill Road, Nakina, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana.

  • 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:

    •Trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute cocaine, fleeing or eluding arrest with motor vehicle on Bell Swamp Road in Bolivia; suspect threw pistol and cocaine and attempted to flee from reporting officer.

    •Assault on 2136 Nicholas Place in Calabash; suspect bit tips of victim’s fingers off.

  • Brunswick County 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.

  • Commissioners to begin preliminary budget discussions

    BOLIVIA—It’s almost that time of year again—budget time.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled a mini-budget retreat for this week. While their full budget retreat won’t take place until March, commissioners will get a preview of the county’s tax base and other budget items at their upcoming mini-retreat.

    The commissioners’ mini-retreat will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the county commissioners chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests, which are taken directly from information provided by the sheriff’s office:

    •On Feb. 11, drug agents arrested Bennie Malee Stanley, 39, of 571 Tree Acres Circle, Calabash. Stanley was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and habitual felon.

  • Even ‘Robert’ has to follow the law, not just own rules

    As a government reporter, I sit through a lot of meetings. I mean, a lot of meetings. So many so that sometimes I would rather bang my head against the wall than sit through another meeting, but alas, I continue.

    Hyperbole aside, some meetings are more painful than others—not physically painful, but emotionally painful—frustrating, if you will.

    I have made a steadfast commitment to being a proponent of freedom of information. I consider myself a student of the North Carolina Open Meetings and Public Records laws.

  • Parking meeting 9 a.m. Friday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A special town council meeting to address parking is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at town hall.

    Council will be addressing recent recommendations by the town parking committee regarding future parking on the island, town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday.

    Council will begin by touring the Sunset Beach island as a group. Afterward, council will reconvene in council chambers to discuss parking on the island and parking committee recommendations.