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Today's News

  • Lower island speed recommendation approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to lower speed limits year-round on two key corridors on the Sunset Beach island.

    The unanimous vote Monday night is to request lowering the speed limit on Main Street, as well as Sunset Boulevard between North Shore Drive and Main Street, from 35mph to 25mph.

    Town council member Carol Scott, who proposed the measure, thinks it will help enforcement and safety issues.

  • Limit politicians’ terms in office so it doesn’t lead to terms in the penitentiary

    Talk about a slap on the wrist (not to mention a colossal waste of taxpayer money).

    Our dear former governor, known across the state as the “education governor,” but known affectionately around these parts as “Sleasley,” Mike Easley pleaded guilty to one felony count of certifying a false campaign report in state court last month.

    One count, $1,000 fine, no jail time—that’s apparently your punishment if you’re a former governor.

    Rubbish!

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit charged the following suspects last week, which is taken from information provided by the sheriff’s office:

  • Commissioners mull reimbursement agreement with hospital for super streets

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners could decide at their next meeting whether to enter into a reimbursement agreement with Brunswick Community Hospital.

    If approved, the reimbursement agreement would be for the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Supply, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the super street intersections would be at the entrance of the new hospital on U.S. 17 and at the intersection of Galloway Road and U.S. 17, just north of the hospital site.

  • 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.

  • 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.