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Today's News

  • Info sought in death

    Forty-nine-year-old Valerie Burns was last seen in downtown Wilmington before investigators found her body in her burning car on a dirt road in Leland early on July 30.

    Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have been canvassing downtown Wilmington and surrounding areas, passing out fliers of Burns and searching for leads about who she may have been with and where late July 29 or early July 30.

    “We have some leads we’re working on; persons of interests we’re looking at,” Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • Gang ties claimed in theater stabbing

    SHALLOTTE—One claims to be a Blood, the other a Crip.

    Shallotte detective Eric King said those two juveniles got in an altercation Friday night, which ended with one stabbing the other.

    King said when Shallotte Police responded to the reported stabbing around 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte, both the victim and the suspect told police about their gang affiliations.

    The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, claimed affiliation with the Bloods gang. The victim, a 15-year-old boy, claimed affiliation with the Crips gang.

  • Officers get shock of their lives

    BOLIVIA—They say it’s the longest three seconds of your life.

    Unless, that is, you opt for five seconds.

    That was the reaction of the 20-some sheriff’s deputies and detention officers who underwent Taser training Saturday, complete with exposure to the Taser.

    As part of the sheriff’s office Taser training, all deputies and detention officers must be exposed to the Taser, sheriff’s office training coordinator Lt. Sammy Turner said.

    The reason for this, Turner explained, is twofold.

  • State takes over Southeastern Center's finances

    WILMINGTON—The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has taken control of Southeastern Center’s financial affairs.

    The Southeastern Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Assistance is the local management entity, or LME, for all mental health services in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

    Southeastern Center does not provide mental health services but manages a network of providers.

    On Aug. 1, the state assumed all financial control of the LME.

  • May accommodations revenue jumps; June numbers will tell full story

    Brunswick County saw a 13.85 percent increase in accommodations tax revenue in May over the previous year, but the total for June will tell a more complete story, officials say.

    Tourism officials say several factors, including the fact the month had five weekends in it compared to four last year, contributed to the increase. Because June had four instead of the five from 2007, combining the two months’ receipts will give Tourism Development Authority officials a better idea of how the 2008 rental season fared, TDA executive director Mitzi York said this week.

  • Commissioners set Sept. 2 public hearings for map amendments

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved the following items at the regular meeting Monday evening.

    •Scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 for map amendment Z-08-623.

    •Scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 for map amendment Z-08-625 and Z-08-626.

    •Approved change order No. 1 to the contract of Carmichael Construction for $29,950 for the water service area system improvement.

    •Approved a budget amendment for the city of Northwest force main upsize.

  • Land Trust completes Town Creek project

    The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization, recently completed a project protecting more than 36 acres along Town Creek in Brunswick County.

    The Coastal Land Trust purchased a conservation agreement and development rights over the property, which is owned by the Witdoeckt family. Grants from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and from private donors Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stanback made the project possible.

  • County tax administrator's office wins award

    Brunswick County Tax Administration employees Renee Adams, Tom Bagby, Tom Davis, Ladoska Jones and Beverly Mercer have been recognized with a 2007-08 Ralph W. Ketner Employee Productivity Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for development of a program that gets “up close and personal” with businesses to help them become compliant with tax laws.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Passengers rescued following charter boat fire

    CALABASH—Twenty-six people were rescued at sea last week following a fishing boat fire that destroyed and sank a Calabash charter boat.

    Men, women and children from several states were forced to don life jackets and jump ship after an engine fire ignited around 8:35 a.m. July 30 aboard “Miss Calabash II,” a 41-foot charter boat in the Calabash Fishing Fleet.