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Today's News

  • 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:

    •Shooting into an occupied dwelling on 12th Street in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect shot at victim’s vacation home, causing $500 worth of damage to the home’s siding and sheetrock.

    •Larceny on Point Winward Place in Shallotte; suspect stole medication from victim’s safe.

  • State unemployment at 10.1 percent in July

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s unemployment rate in July was 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent in June.

    The nationwide unemployment rate for July was 9.1 percent, down slightly from 9.2 percent in June.

    The dip in the rate, according to Lynn Holmes, chairman of the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, was attributed to losses in public sector jobs.

    Private sector jobs gains in July were 6,900 jobs. State government jobs were decreased by 300 jobs and local government lost 11,800 jobs.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council scheduled to meet Monday, Aug. 29

    Sunset Beach Town Council’s upcoming monthly meeting is Monday, Aug. 29.

    Council is meeting a week early in lieu of the Labor Day holiday the following week.

    A council work session is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., followed by the regular called council meeting at 7 p.m.

    Jeff Viscount and Suzanne Bland are to give a presentation on the upcoming, second annual Bike MS Breakaway to the Beach 2011.

  • Twin Lakes overgrowth scrutinized by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—Who is responsible for trimming overgrowth at Twin Lakes?

    That was the topic of debate at a Sunset Beach Planning Board meeting Aug. 18.

    Board member Eddie Walters said historically the Twin Lakes Property Association has only taken responsible for management of the lakes on Shoreline Drive West.

    Sunset Beach Public Works Director Dustin Graham said the town can cut to the banks at the right-of-way but can’t cut where it’s considered private property.

  • Bellas/Sunset Beach case continued till Nov. 30

    A hearing for Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas, charged in June with driving while impaired in Sunset Beach, has been continued until Nov. 30.

    Bellas was scheduled to be at the Brunswick County Courthouse last Thursday, Aug. 18, for his case involving the Sunset Beach Police Department. He has retained local attorney Roy Trest to represent him.

  • Candidate interviews 'waste of time' in Carolina Shores, contenders charge

    CAROLINA SHORES—Candidate interviews conducted last week by a community action group were a charade, two seasoned contenders claim.

    The Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores met in separate, closed sessions with all six town candidates in a room provided at Calabash Presbyterian Church on Aug. 18. The media also was not allowed into the sessions, except to shoot a few quick photographs.

  • Roving meat seller charged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Wilmington man was charged with driving while license revoked after someone complained about him going door-to-door selling meat.

    Matthew Duncan Kennedy, 28, was arrested after someone reported a suspect was going door-to-door soliciting customers to buy meat from the back of a small freezer truck. The incident was reported at the corner of Park and Holly streets on Aug. 19.

    Kennedy was released on $500 secured bond, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Take cover: Hurricane Irene is whipping a warpath in this direction

    Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

    That’s my new motto, especially now that Hurricane Irene is churning toward the East Coast.

    When every weather pro on TV is urging caution, as they did Tuesday complete with ominous-looking graphics encompassing the Carolinas, I tend to listen.

    “Close your garage doors,” warned one local forecaster.

    Before or after we skedaddle west?

  • Getting to the Point--Shallotte Point, that is

    On a peaceful summer afternoon—so peaceful you could almost hear the Shallotte River ripple—World War II veteran Hector McNeill relaxed in one of the rocking chairs on his front porch overlooking the world at Shallotte Point.

    “My father was raised here,” said the Whiteville resident, who also owns a couple of historic houses at Shallotte Point, the historic, scenic convergence of the Shallotte River and Intracoastal Waterway three miles south of Shallotte.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Closings and delays

    Island residents should make sure they have vehicle decals.Decals are the basis for allowing early return to islands for residents following a hurricane evacuation. Decals shall be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the vehicle windshield.