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Today's News

  • No room for error when chosen to perform national anthem

    Superbowl XLV may have been the most-watched event in history, but I was not among the some hundred million football fanatics glued to the set Sunday night.

    I didn’t see a need to watch, being that my beloved Bears decided to eliminate themselves from Super Bowl contention on Jan. 23, which just so happens to be my birthday.

    Thanks for the lovely gift, guys.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to attempt to gain entry.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Wilmington Street; unknown subject used a pry tool to open the door.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East First Street; subject entered storage room and removed golf cart batteries and charger.

  • Commissioners restrict amount of food vendors allowed on beach strand

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In an attempt to control the amount of food vendors on the beach strand, Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a resolution to the town’s ordinance Tuesday.

    Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ordinance 14-47, which outlines a new application process in which town officials will issue only five mobile vendor licenses each year. Licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town leaders recognized for 20 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two of Ocean Isle Beach’s town’s leaders were recognized Tuesday for 20 years of service to the town.

    At the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting, Mayor Debbie Smith presented Town Administrator Daisy Ivey and Police Chief John Goodwin with 20-year service awards.

    Ivey began working for the town on Feb. 25, 1991, when she left a career in banking to take over the town clerk and finance officer positions.

  • Commissioners to consider moving utilities hardship program to general fund

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will revisit moving the county’s utilities hardship program for low-income water and sewer customers to the general fund at their next meeting. 

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

  • Who’s paying for legal research into code of ethics?

    With censure proceedings under way for an alleged code of ethics violation of commissioner Charles Warren, who is paying for legal research into the code?

    Warren has repeatedly refused to step down from the DSS board, which prompted the censure proceedings, even soliciting DSS attorney Gary Shipman, who county commissioners voted to fire last month, to investigate the code of ethics with the University of North Carolina School of Government

    Shipman has billed the county more than $400 to do so.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Matthew Phillip Rivenbark, 23, of 5731 Trevino St., Hope Mills, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium, trafficking opium, possession of marijuana, possession of a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug agents seized 41 Opana pills, 2 grams of marijuana, a revolver, a truck, cash and assorted drug paraphernalia. Phillips is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • 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:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Alvin Street in Supply; suspect broke down back door window and took various items.

    •Larceny on Big Macedonia Road in Supply; suspect took a black purse with various bank cards.

    •Larceny and property damage on Running Brook Trail in Supply; suspect broke side door and took a PlayStation game console and a flat-screen TV.

  • Supply man arrested for Shell Point area break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Supply man for several residential break-ins in the Shell Point area of Supply.

    In December 2010, forced entry was made to three homes on Goldfinch and Chickadee Place. Nearly $600 worth of personal property was stolen from the homes.

    On Feb. 7, detectives arrested Corbit Lee McLean, 24, of 1722 Wood Duck Lane, Supply, and charged him with three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of larceny.

    The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

  • 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.