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Today's News

  • Get ready for DTV

    So what’s going to happen to all those portable battery-powered TV sets residents of coastal counties rely during storm-induced power outages?

    Once this region switches from analog to digital television Sept. 8, as required by the Federal Communications System, they won’t be of much use.

    Louis Gianelos of Carolina Shores keeps a Sony Watchman on hand in case of emergencies. He wondered why he hadn’t heard anything about portable TVs in the midst of the switchover hype.

  • Marine killed in wreck

    A 19-year-old Marine was killed in a motorcycle accident on N.C. 133 Saturday morning.

    Pfc. Zachary Adam Stein died on the scene after he was struck by an oncoming vehicle around 10:25 a.m. Saturday. He was traveling north on N.C. 133 near N.C. 211, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

    Matthew G. Magee, 21, of Burlington, Ky., was attempting to turn south on N.C. 133 from Northhampton Drive when he failed to yield to Stein, Holmes said.

    Magee has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, Holmes said.

  • Home sales up in July; Realtors say buyers are shopping for deals

    Brunswick County’s existing home sales increased again in July compared to last year but decreased from the previous month, the N.C. Association of Realtors announced this week.

    Local Realtors say business is still slower than the peak a few years ago, and buyers are searching for bargains. Most brokers remain optimistic about the future.

    In July of 2007, Brunswick County sold 129 homes. This past July, that number jumped 51 percent—the biggest increase in the state—to 195, down 11 percent from 218 in June.

  • Two shot in Calabash

    Information about a double shooting over the weekend near Calabash has been turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the shooter.

    Just after 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a home at 99 Calabash Road.

  • New gift shop gets personal(ized) in Calabash

    CALABASH—Linda Chappell and her daughters can tell the seafood capital is growing just by checking their shared business gauge.

    Twenty-three years ago, when Chappell launched a new hair salon on Thomasboro Road, “I was like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ when I first opened here,” she said.

    It’s not quite as desolate in her second, family-owned venture next to the salon, Thee Coconut Tree, a gift shop where a trio sells personalized and embroidered items.

  • Safety, growth among top concerns regarding U.S. 17

    CAROLINA SHORES—Safety, traffic flow and development are among foremost issues when it comes to U.S. 17, members of the town planning and zoning board say.

    Led by Don Eggert, transportation planner with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, members took turns listing their concerns about the four-lane designated expressway that passes through Carolina Shores’ municipal and extraterritorial boundaries at an Aug. 20 workshop.

  • General Assembly reconvenes in wake of boat trailer bill veto

    Gov. Mike Easley on Monday reconvened the legislative session for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, to discuss the boat trailer bill he vetoed Aug. 17.

    State and county tourism officials watched the bill closely and favored its passage, saying recent citations of recreational fishermen for towing certain size trailers are resulting in complaints and bad press for the state.

    According to the state constitution, when a veto occurs after the General Assembly has adjourned, the governor is required to reconvene the session within 10 days of the veto or the bill becomes law.

  • Charges against lieutenant dismissed

    Assault charges filed against Sheriff’s Office Lt. Richard Long have been dismissed.

    Long, 41, of Winnabow was charged with assault on a female and assault inflicting serious injury, both of which were dismissed Monday.

    According to the clerk of court, the charges were dismissed due to “insufficient evidence to proceed.”

    Long was taken off administrative leave and returned to full duty effective Tuesday, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Shooting suspect released on bond

    A Supply man has been released on a $150,000 bond after turning himself in to the sheriff’s office for allegedly shooting a man in Supply.

    Joseph Washington IV, 24, of 670 Smith Road, was charged Aug. 24 with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

    Washington turned himself in to the Brunswick County Detention Center around noon Aug. 25 and was released on $150,000 secured bond at 7 p.m. the same day.

  • Crime report

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

    •Larceny on Huckabee Court in Leland; suspect took bikes from victim’s property.

    •Larceny on Pinecliff Drive in Leland; suspect stole a satellite dish from victim’s property.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Alligator Road in Ash; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole medication and a gas container with 2.5 gallons of gas.