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Today's News

  • Minimum housing ordinance debated in Calabash

    CALABASH—Following debate, Calabash commissioners Tuesday night approved empowering the town planning and zoning board to develop a minimum housing ordinance.

    “There are some dwellings here in Calabash that are hardly livable, and yet we have no authority under our own ordinance to take any action,” commissioner Cecelia Herman said. “Therefore the planning and zoning board would like the board of commissioners to charge them with writing an ordinance on minimum housing.”

  • Calabash cancels fire services discussion, meets in closed session

    CALABASH—Town commissioners last week canceled a specially called meeting to discuss “fire services.”

    The session scheduled for Friday, June 6, was called two days earlier by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    When commissioners convened for the meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Clemmons announced the discussion had been removed from the agenda upon the advice of a consulting attorney.

  • NCDOT to have citizens' informational meeting

    The N.C. Department of Transportation will have a citizens’ informational workshop for the proposed widening of Village Road (N.C. 1472) in Leland from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Leland Senior Center Community Building, 1490 Village Road NE in Leland.

    Citizens are invited to speak individually with NCDOT officials, as well as review project plans. Comments received during the meeting will be considered as plans are finalized.

  • Brunswick County 4-H has Fashion Revue

    Brunswick County 4-H youth gathered at the County Extension Office Training Center on May 19, after many hours of effort, focus, and determination, to face the judges and model their sewing project outfits.

    Each year, Brunswick County hosts a 4-H Fashion Revue as a county level competition for youth.

    Al Hight, county extension director, welcomed participants, family and friends to the 4-H Fashion Revue. Pledges were led by Leslie Wilson, the new 4-H program assistant, who also served as the narrator while 4-H’ers modeled the outfits they constructed for the audience.

  • Gasoline theft reported to Sunset Beach police

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated a report by Sloane Vacations of a gasoline theft June 8.

    According to a Sunset Beach Police Department report, someone broke into a garage at The Colony II at Oyster Bay and siphoned gas out of power tools and a company van.

    Also on June 8, police arrested a man who declined to give his name on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct on the beach. The man, tentatively identified as “Peter Doe” until his actual name could be determined, was being held at Brunswick County jail on a $500 bond.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Finch Drive in Leland.

    •Larceny on Old Ferry Road in Supply; suspect took a bottle of Hydrocodone.

  • Fatal wreck on N.C. 904

    A Shallotte man was killed last week when his moped struck a tractor on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach.

    Just before 4 p.m. June 2, Keith Howard Lofton, 58, of 1059 Radford Way, was traveling north on his moped at about 35 mph, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

    Lofton was driving in the roadway and apparently didn’t see the tractor with a bush hog on the back of it. The bush hog was partially on the shoulder of the road and moving at about 15 mph.

  • Alleged cocaine trafficker indicted

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office has indicted Leland resident Pablo Mora Espinoza on one count of possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and one count of an illegal alien in possession of firearms, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brunswick County Drug Enforcement Unit agents first arrested Espinoza in February on trafficking cocaine charges after an investigation in conjunction with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • Brunswick man sentenced federally

    A Navassa man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine.

    Damian Laverne Jennings, 32, of 220 Broadway St., was sentenced May 14 to 120 months and five years supervised release minimum.

    Brunswick County Drug Enforcement Unit agents first arrested Jennings on multiple counts of distributing cocaine in early 2007.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office worked in conjunction with local prosecutor Chris Thomas, who is cross-sworn as a Special U.S. Attorney.

  • Crime rates mixed across state; Brunswick County sees drop

    N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has released the 2007 statewide crime rates.

    While crime across North Carolina rose by .1 percent in 2007, the violent crime rate dropped by .7 percent, Cooper said.

    “While no level of crime is acceptable, law enforcement’s work to keep the rate of violent crime down is much needed,” Cooper added. “But as any cop on the beat will tell you, when the economy goes down, crime goes up, and we’re troubled to see even a small increase in North Carolina’s overall crime rate.”