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Today's News

  • SUNSET BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Sunset Beach police investigated a Sept. 3 report of an electronic device lost at a local grocery store.

    The computer-like, handheld device used to order food was reported missing at Food Lion, 1775 Clipper Way in the Village at Sunset Beach. It is valued at $6,000.

  • Leland man arrested for murder

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, Sept. 4, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, Sept. 5, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

    Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen early on the morning of July 30 leaving downtown Wilmington.

  • 'Black Widow' gets two years

    She goes by many names.

    Some people know her only as the “Black Widow.”

    But Sandra Camille Powers will soon be known for her federal inmate number rather than by one of her many aliases.

    Dubbed the “Black Widow,” by the media, Powers, 64, will spend the next two years in federal prison.

    But the woman who became notorious for, but never formally charged with, a trail of dead husbands, will serve time in prison for identity theft, not murder.

  • Initiatives help students get ready for graduation

    North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has proclaimed Sept. 7-13 as Graduation Awareness Week. School districts throughout North Carolina are encouraged to utilize resources available from the state.

    Numerous efforts are underway statewide to provide better academic opportunities and outcomes for all students to promote the lifelong benefits that are achieved by staying in school.

  • Local school enrollment numbers up

    Enrollment numbers are up for Brunswick County Schools.

    After the first four days of classes last month, attendance totaled 11,750 students, 88 more students than the same time last year.

    Brunswick County Academy’s enrollment after four days was the largest increase in attendance for an individual school. At 153 students, the number is 61 students higher than this time last year.

  • Widow's Mite Experience helps women and children across the globe

    When a pastor at Highest Praise Worship Center urged his congregation to take a “corporate fast” and figure out what God’s purpose for their lives, Janet Baker and a group of woman all came to the same purpose.

    “We had just been called to help women and their children. We just had a real heart for that,” Baker said.

  • Planning board OKs outside storage request with conditions

    SHALLOTTE—Despite objections from a neighboring property owner, the town planning board has recommended allowing outdoor storage at a Main Street business as long the business owner meets town code requirements.

    During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the planning board heard from Super Sod owner Al Braden, who had received violation notices from the town for not replacing dead trees that were serving as landscape buffers and for storing rock for sale on pallets in violation of town ordinances.

  • Shallotte's August fire department report

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell has reported the department responded to 106 incidents in August, with an average response time of 3 minutes, 45 seconds.

    Calls included two building fires, one forest fire, 52 instances of assisting EMS with advanced life support, 30 responses for basic life support, seven motor vehicle accidents, one hazardous materials combustible liquid spill, one power line down, one electrical wiring problem, one biological hazard, one unauthorized burning, two service calls, four alarm malfunctions and three accidental alarm activations.

  • Awarded fire grant sparks debate in Shallotte

    Two years ago, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen instructed fire chief Paul Dunwell to apply for any and all available grants to keep the department moving forward.

    Last year, the board signed off on an application for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Homeland Security division. The board approved another SAFER application this year.

    SAFER grants are available to departments to help them meet federal standards including a four-minute response time and four firefighters per shift.

  • Streets amendment raises concerns in Sandpiper Bay

    SUNSET BEACH—Several residents in newly annexed Sandpiper Bay had questions as town council approved a streets amendment Monday night.

    The amendment deletes an exception and requires roads in new subdivisions to meet town design standards. The measure was approved by the town planning board at its Aug. 14 meeting and forwarded to town council for consideration.