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Today's News

  • Tough times in Brunswick County

    To the editor: I recently went to a restaurant in Shallotte with a very good friend for breakfast and fellowship. The meal didn’t give me heart failure, but the check did. I will not darken their door again.

    I had my propane gas tank filled two weeks ago. The bill seemed high to me, so I called a couple of competitors. The first was 20 cents a gallon (or pound) cheaper and the second was 30 cents cheaper.

    I will be ending a long time relationship with my gas company very soon.

  • Ingram Planetarium’s stars shine bright

    I was pleased to learn the town of Sunset Beach released a $15,000 capital grant to Ingram Planetarium. As a trustee of the foundation that oversees the planetarium, I am grateful for the town’s support of this important tourist attraction and educational facility.

    I am concerned, however, about some of the comments made at the Sunset Beach town meeting and the manner in which they were reported in the local press.

  • Where’s the bailout for seniors?

    To the editor: How come all the sudden our government has all this money to bail out all these big companies, but they can’t bail out those in poverty and senior citizens?

    We have to suffer so all the CEOs and presidents and vice presidents and board members can be cozy and comfortable in their big homes not knowing what and how the little people are really doing and what we have to deal with to survive.

  • Break-ins, party investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated a house break-in and possible party reported Dec. 13 on the Sunset Beach Island.

    The incident was reported at 426 39th Street.

    “Apparently, teens used the house to have a large party,” Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said.

    The incident is still under investigation.

    “Right now, we’re sorting out who was there,” Smith said, adding there may be possible breaking and entering and property damage charges.

  • BFA thanks contributors

    To the editor: In October, Brunswick Family Assistance re-evaluated the devastating effect our economy has had on our less fortunate neighbors.

    It was determined we needed to initiate a blitz campaign while temporarily reducing expenses and services to support these individuals during these extreme times while maintaining our financial stability.

    Thanks to you, the Brunswick County community, we have raised more than $70,000, significant amounts of food and increased volunteer support. This will allow us to continue to provide essential services into the New Year.

  • ACE team 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, driver’s license and criminal information 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.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Vandalism on Flicker Road in Shallotte; suspects spray-painted “Crip” on victim’s garage door.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on Cedar Grove Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s vehicle.

    •Armed robbery and assault on Walker Street in Leland; two black males came in with small pistols and stole money.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police officers made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents. All information is taken from incident and/or arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and vandalism on Ocean Boulevard East on Dec. 5; suspect climbed through victim’s open bathroom window and damaged a boat paddle with painting wall ornament.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on South Shore Drive on Dec. 10; suspect entered victim’s home and stole a digital camera.

  • K-9 Report

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 22 calls Dec. 8-14, issued 12 uniformed citations and 20 total charges.

    K-9 officers set up driver’s license checkpoints in the following areas: Old Fayetteville Road, Lincoln Road, Green Swamp Road, N.C. 179, U.S. 17 and Midway Road.

  • Leland Crime Report

    Leland police officers charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny on New Pointe Boulevard; Keisha Simone Bagley, 18, and Alisha Monique Bagley, 24, both of 901 Dickson Road, Riegelwood, were cited for shoplifting from Walmart.

    •Connie Gatlin Patrick, 52, of 888 Village Road, Leland, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired.