Today's News

  • Calabash commissioners fire town administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have voted to fire town administrator Donna Prince “without cause.” They will buy out the remainder of her contract, which was to expire in November.

    The unanimous vote came Feb. 20 following a specially called, closed meeting attended by the town’s five commissioners, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and attorney Mark Lewis.

  • Former manager arrested in Sea Fine Art Gallery thefts; some art recovered

    CALABASH—The former manager of a local art gallery has been arrested and charged in connection with a break-in and theft of art from the gallery.

    Russell J. Brassard, 72, of 222 Beachwood Drive, Calabash, was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny on Feb. 19, two days after the reported break-in at the closed Sea Fine Art Gallery in the Harbor Court complex in downtown Calabash.

    Brassard was slated for a first court appearance last Thursday and has a trial date of March 25, according to the Brunswick County criminal clerk of court office.

  • Calabash appoints interim clerk

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners have appointed deputy town clerk Kelley Southward as interim town clerk, according to Mayor Pro Tem Forrest King.

    Southward will serve as interim clerk until the board either chooses her permanently for the job or someone else is hired.

    She replaces Donna Prince, who served as both town administrator and town clerk before she was fired “without cause” last week. (See related story on the front page.)

  • Health Expo 2008 Saturday at WBHS

    Get your cholesterol checked, donate blood and receive the latest health information from local professionals at Health Expo 2008, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The event is sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium. Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to child sex charges

    A Shallotte man has pleaded guilty to several rape and sexual assault charges.

    Marvin Alfred Legg, 48, of Shallotte pleaded guilty to the following charges last Wednesday: one count of first-degree statutory rape; one count of first-degree statutory sex offense on a child younger than 13; three counts of statutory rape on a child who was 13, 14, or 15; three counts of statutory sex offense on a child who was 13, 14, or 15; and six counts of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Sheriff's office K-9 officer wins national award

    BOLIVIA—While chasing a slobbery, red Kong toy thrown by his handler, Hanno suddenly becomes distracted. The wind shifts, and as it does, it brings with it a familiar scent—drugs.

    Hanno is no longer concerned with playing with his favorite toy; the German shepherd has a job to do.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 doesn’t wait for his handler, Cpl. Rich Roman, to tell him what to do. The seasoned veteran immediately encircles an SUV, where Roman has hidden a bag or marijuana to show how Hanno trails a scent.

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports:

    •False pretense on Village Road.

    •Larceny by an employee and forgery on New Pointe Boulevard.

    •Larceny on Lanvale Hills Circle; suspect removed registration plate from victim’s vehicle.

    •Missing/endangered person on Hickory Hill Drive. The subject returned home.

  • Habitual felon pleads guilty

    A habitual felon pleaded guilty last week to felony drug charges.

    Knovell Hankins, of Supply, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, on Feb. 20.

    Hankins was also charged with habitual felon.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said Hankins was sentenced to 70-93 months, or 5-7 years in prison.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

    •Officers arrested Tambi Leigh Martin, 26, of Bay Village Street, on charges of driving while impaired, after stopping her on Whiteville Road.

  • 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 Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect stole a golf cart from victim’s driveway.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on B-Var Road in Holden Beach; suspects damaged a window to gain entry to a business.

    •Breaking and entering, property damage and assault on Birch Creek Drive in Leland; suspect entered victims’ home and assaulted the victims.