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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 reports.

    •Forgery and uttering and obtaining by false pretenses at Coastal Drugs; suspect forged prescriptions for Percocet, Soma and Oltram. The doctor whose prescription pad was used for the prescriptions said he did not write them and the suspect was not a patient.

  • UPDATED: DSS board takes no action on suspended director

    UPDATE: The private investigator hired by the county’s social services board to investigate DSS director Jamie Orrock, who has been on leave since Aug. 11, has cost the county more than $3,000.

    According to an invoice filed with the county Aug. 31, the county owes PDS Investigations $3,300 for three hours of document/questionnaire development, six hours of travel to Bolivia, 20 hours of investigative interview services and four hours for a final report.

  • Category 4 Hurricane Earl not expected to make landfall in Brunswick County

    Its name is Earl.

    A Category 4 Hurricane, Earl had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph as of the 6 p.m. National Weather Service briefing Tuesday, Brunswick County Emergency Service Director Anthony Marzano said.

    “We are expecting the storm to weaken. It will most likely be a Category 3 when it begins to impact the coastal waters of North Carolina,” Marzano said.

    “We are currently expecting that it will stay off shore. It continues to slide ever so slightly west,” he said.

  • Brunswick residents attend Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in D.C.

    A lone bagpiper arose in a sea of people and began to play the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

    Then more bagpipes, followed by the low singing of people joining in the chorus until the entire crowd sang in unison—it was a scene Mary Wayne said she wouldn’t soon forget.

    While in Washington D.C. for conservative commentator’s Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally, Wayne, one of 14 Brunswick County residents who traveled to the rally with the South Carolina-based Carolina Patriots, said she was overwhelmed with that moment.

  • Don’t wait for November; be the change you wish to see

    What is wrong with our country?

    How and when did we get this way?

    When are we going to wake up before it’s too late?

    At 29 years old, I feel like that’s something my grandparents’ generation should be saying, but the past 18 or so months have aged me it seems.

    We want to blame Washington for out-of-touch policies, out-of-control spending and a general sense they’re all out of their minds (a point I won’t argue), but here at home I fear we aren’t much more in touch.

  • Living history: Register of Deeds electronically restores county’s marriage certificates

    BOLIVIA—Amid a months-long project to electronically restore and save the county’s fragile, aging marriage certificates, some more than 100 years old, Brunswick County Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons happened upon something unexpected—her great-grandparents’ marriage certificate.

    Clemmons began the project after she found county marriage certificates from 1867-1962 folded and tucked away in a filing cabinet.

  • Dance crew to teach master class in Brunswick County

    A dance crew featured on several national TV shows will be in Brunswick County next week, teaching master classes for dancers of all experience levels.

    The Strikers All Stars, who have appeared on America’s Got Talent and America’s Best Dance Crew, will spend Saturday, Sept. 11 at Dance 4 Life on Oak Island. The crew will teach a six-hour session of jazz, jazz funk and hip hop to any dancer interested in participating.

  • School officials seek dropout prevention grant

    BOLIVIA—School officials plan to apply for a grant to implement new programs intended to reduce the dropout rate.

    Reeda Hargrove, Brunswick County Schools director of student support services, said the grant would help implement programs at West Brunswick High School, Cedar Grove Middle School and Shallotte Middle School.

  • Board member wants no mention of abortion in school policy

    BOLIVIA—One member of the Brunswick County Board of Education does not want any language pertaining to abortion referral services in the district’s policy code, even if it requires parental consent.

    During a policy committee meeting Tuesday morning, members Shirley Babson and Catherine Cooke were presented with revisions to Policy No. 1310, which deals with parental involvement.

  • 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 Aug. 23-29, K-9 deputies answered 11 calls, wrote seven citations and made eight drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Jessica Lynn Williamson, 22, of 314 Orange St., Wilmington, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia