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  • Sheriff Hewett suspended, hearing to permanently remove him slated for Monday

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    For nearly 10 months we have wondered about the nature of the federal investigation surrounding Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Little information has been made public about its nature but rumors and speculation have been rampant.

    Since first being subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on June 7, 2007, Hewett has maintained he did not know the scope or the nature of the investigation—and his innocence.

  • Sheriff Hewett suspended

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has been suspended.

    A hearing to remove Hewett from office has been scheduled for noon Monday, March 31.

    District attorney Rex Gore announced Hewett’s suspension Thursday evening at the county courthouse. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis signed the suspension order Thursday afternoon, and she will preside over Monday’s hearing.

    Gore released the following statement:

  • The story of how one man left his mark on a legendary lighter company

    If Jack Clark has an old flame, it probably has to do with his work as the first art director for Zippo lighters.

    The walls of his Calabash home where the 83-year-old retired eight years ago is lined with the lifelong artist’s work—paintings and colored pencil drawings of people’s beloved pets, a watercolor of a swan, portraits of his son and daughter.

    “He works in all mediums,” said Jackie Himes, Clark’s girlfriend who also worked in the art department of Zippo Manufacturing Co. headquartered in Bradford, Pa.

  • Inmate's death an 'accident'

    Senaca Marrell Vaught, an inmate who died Jan. 23 while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center, died from “positional asphyxia due to restraint,” according to the chief medical examiner’s report.

    Dr. Charles Garrett performed the autopsy Jan. 24, and the chief medical examiner’s report states Vaught’s death was accidental.

    Morbid obesity was listed as a contributing cause to Vaught’s death.

  • Brunswick County has annual Republican convention

    Bill Daughtridge, a North Carolina Representative from Rocky Mount, gave the keynote address at the Brunswick County Republican convention last Saturday.

    Daughtridge is the Republican candidate for treasurer of North Carolina. Since he is unopposed in the May 6 primary, he will compete in November's election to fill the treasurer's position being vacated by Democrat Richard Moore.

    As the convention was being called to order by Brunswick County Chairman Frank Iler, a straw poll for governor was taken among Brunswick County Republicans present.

  • Another building inspector sought for Calabash

    CALABASH—Town building inspector Stanley Dills’ wish-list item for the next budget year is another building inspector.

    At a preliminary budget workshop at town hall March 19, Dills outlined to town commissioners reasons why he thinks a second, beginning-level inspector is needed for the town building department.

    In a letter presented to commissioners, Stanley noted the amount of projected field inspections is expected to more than double in the next six months.

  • Sheriff: Fugitive 'terrorized' community

    CAROLINA SHORES—He was living in their midst, venturing out in the dark of night to burglarize homes while residents slept.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Edward Varner is responsible for more than seven months’ worth of break-ins and larcenies that occurred while he was living in a $203,000 rented house in Carolina Shores.

  • Board of adjustments talk tabled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board has tabled discussion about how to best compose the town board of adjustments.

    Town commissioners have asked P&Z members to serve a dual role as the board of adjustments, but concerns were discussed at the March 19 workshop.

    Members Jim Parsch, John Miner, Ruth Martin and Jim Mokrycki initially agreed the board of adjustments should be a separate entity.

    Parsch said it was his understanding the board of adjustments would review matters that had already been addressed by the P&Z board.