Today's News

  • Retiring emergency management director begins new chapter

    BOLIVIA—Surrounded by bare walls in his once-embellished office, Randy Thompson reflected on his career in public safety on his last day of work before heading for retirement.

    Career fulfilled, Thompson said his years in public safety have been a childhood dream realized—from police chases and dangerous arrests as a young public safety officer to ascending to new heights on a fire department ladder truck—Thompson leaves his latest post to start a new chapter, fittingly in disaster management.

  • Town resolution not sent; DA says it didn't affect his decision

    Shallotte officials didn’t send a resolution the town board approved in November asking the district attorney to file charges against someone who accused a town police officer of assault.

    According to town clerk Sandy Strickland, the resolution wasn’t sent after the meeting because the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the allegations was still under way.

  • Beach renourishment big project for 2010 in Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach will see more than 500,000 cubic yards of sand on the strand during 2010.

    The town is scheduled for another beach renourishment, which Mayor Debbie Smith said should be the largest project of the year.

    “That’s always a welcome addition to the storm protection strand out there,” she said.

  • The people behind Drug Treatment Court

    On a balmy July evening 18 months ago, Drug Treatment Court debuted in Brunswick County—the first in the state at the superior court level.

    The brainchild of Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, Drug Treatment Court has now hit its stride. Seven people have successfully completed and graduated from the program, with another 30 actively participating.

    Drug Treatment Court coordinator Vicki Prince said, so far, the program has a zero-percent recidivism rate for drug offenses.

  • Car break-ins reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated a rash of car break-ins reported Dec. 20.

    Seven incidents were reported involving vehicles parked overnight at Sunset Lakes Boulevard, Magnolia Drive, Dogwood Drive and Waterway Drive.

    Most incidents involved unlocked vehicles. In another incident, a rock was thrown through a window.

    In one case, $100 in cash was reported stolen. Most of the vehicles were entered but nothing was taken.

    The incidents are still under investigation.


    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Forgery of prescription at CVS Pharmacy; suspect altered a prescription for Clonazepam from reading one refill to 11 refills.

    •Vandalism on Bridgers Road; victim found two tires slashed a day after being confronted by suspect. The damage was estimated at $120.

    •Larceny of beer at Kangaroo; suspect took three beers without paying for them.

  • Golf action

    In the CFAG event Dec. 21 at Farmstead, John Ogden, Ned Meier, Bob Jaeger and a draw placed first with a 152. Team scoring was two nets per hole. Steve Maiorca, John Ducey, Sid Pennington and a draw placed second.

    On Dec. 23 at Meadowlands, Frank Janton, Jerry Rubin, Joe Meo and a draw placed first with a 136. Teams scored three nets on the par-3s, two on the par-4s and one on par-5s. Placing second were Ned Meier, John Ogden, Jody Serensits and Bob Jaeger.



    Ocean Isle Beach Police investigated the following incidents during the past week:

    •Larceny of motor vehicle tag on Ocean Isle West Boulevard; suspect removed registration tag from victim’s vehicle.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on East First Street; suspect broke window trying to enter victim’s home, causing $200 in damage to the window, $50 in damage to the window screen and $75 in damage to the screen door.

  • Education: Board will seek new superintendent to lead district

    As the decade changes and a new year is ushered in, Brunswick County Schools will look forward to the biggest change of all—a new superintendent.

    Bud Thorsen, the newly elected chairperson of the board of education, said finding a new superintendent is the most important job the board has during 2010.

  • January can be first in more ways than one

    I’ve always dreaded January.

    In my book and new 2010 New Yorker desk diary, currently lying flat and blank like a cold deserted beach, January looks like a long month of Mondays.

    After a festive and fun weekend (i.e., this past Christmas), suddenly it’s back to work when January breezes, literally, over the calendar transom, flipping us into the unknown of a stark new year.

    Out with the holiday feasting, pumpkin pie and Norm’s hot buttered rum, in with the leftover celery, Slim-Fast and water.