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Today's News

  • 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.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team Round-up

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

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

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

  • West Virgina man charged with Brunswick rape

    An 18-year-old West Virginia man accused of raping a girl while in Brunswick County has been released on a $400,000 bond and allowed to return to West Virginia.

    Adam Wesley Hudson, of 342 Witcher Road, Belle, W.Va., has been charged with first-degree rape of a child and first-degree sex offense of a child, according to arrest warrants.

    Hudson is accused of raping a girl younger than 13 years old between July 28 and Aug. 2 in Brunswick County, according to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases.

  • West Brunswick dance team fundraises for Macy's Parade

    SHALLOTTE—This Thanksgiving, some familiar local faces will be seen among those marching in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Five West Brunswick High School dance team members will perform a routine at Herald Square during this year’s parade.

    The dance team attended a Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp this past summer at Wake Forest University. The captain of each school team, as well as other members who demonstrate leadership at camp and at school, are invited to participate in the annual parade.