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  • DA: Officers in Leland checkpoint shooting won’t face charges

    Eight officers involved in the shooting of two Leland men during a traffic checkpoint in June will not face charges, District Attorney Jon David said Friday.

    The injured men, Antoine Levar Graham and Jerry Onasis Melvin, were accused of trying to kill the officers during their attempt to flee the checkpoint on U.S. 17 in Leland.

    David said he based his decision on the results of a State Bureau of Investigation probe, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. He said the investigation involved more than 50 interviews.

  • Brunswick deputy arrested, fired

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit has arrested Timothy Paul Caulder, 36, of Bostic Place in Shallotte and a deputy with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, for two counts of soliciting crimes against nature, two counts of soliciting for prostitution, and one count of willful failure to discharge duties.

    The charges are a result of a two-week internal investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards, which referred the investigation to the Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Shallotte Senior Center nears completion

    It won’t be long before construction noise inside the spacious building with the stone arch entryway off U.S. 17 is replaced by the din of conversation, the crack of billiards and the hum of exercise equipment as seniors settle into the new Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. center in Shallotte.

  • New Sea Trail owner focuses on upgrades

    SUNSET BEACH — The new owner of Sea Trail Corp. has a vision for the crown jewel resort, hundreds of property owners were told at a meeting last week.

    “Changes are coming — I hope you’ve noticed some of the changes,” said Peter Reichard, Sea Trail’s new CEO, speaking at the Aug. 14 meeting on behalf of new owner Jean Quinn Pan of China.

  • Sunset Beach soaking up info on beach tents

    SUNSET BEACH — The town is not banning beach tents, at least not this week.

    With the town shading ordinance on their monthly workshop agenda Tuesday, council members insisted it was just for discussion after a half-dozen residents spoke out against any prohibition.

  • Residents eye coastal-wind turbine simulations

    CAROLINA SHORES — Local leaders and residents are taking a closer look at how wind turbines might appear off the local coast.

    At an Aug. 14 meeting, they reviewed results of a visualization study conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to “accurately show” how wind turbines could be viewed from the shore during various weather conditions and times of day.

  • Local reps focus on local roads at transportation meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES — Brunswick County leaders are focused on local roads as they continue to convene at meetings of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS).

    Brunswick County Commission Chairman Phil Norris, speaking at the latest GSATS meeting Friday, Aug. 16, would like to get Carolina Shores Parkway back on the radar.

    Hickman Road is another possible link as regional roads are earmarked for future improvements.

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden said he sees nothing on the map to give relief to N.C. 130.

  • Carolina Shores Golf Course swings a few changes

    CAROLINA SHORES — A few changes have occurred at Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club.

    Property owner Mike Matheny is no longer operating the 39-year-old course.

    A new company, Lune de La Maison LLC of Wilmington, Del., has taken over day-to-day operations.

    “They are just operating it until everything gets sorted out,” said Philippe Bureau, who has assumed a new title with the new company as area golf director at the course.

  • Calabash still looking for a cleaner sweeper

    CALABASH — The town is still pursuing possible purchase of a street vacuum.

    The tabled item was brought back before the town commissioners at their Aug. 13 meeting.

    Town commissioner Daria Buccilli said there is no available machine to sweep sand, which would be needed in the Seafood Capital. But the board voted 4-1, with Buccilli casting the dissenting vote, to have town commissioner Buddy Walton do further research.

  • Candler named chairman of planning board

     Steve Candler, CEO of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, has been named the chairman of the Brunswick County Planning Board.

    Candler will fill the void left by longtime planning board member Alan Lewis, who resigned as chairman after accepting an appointment to the N.C. School of Science and Math Board of Trustees. North Carolina laws prevent someone from serving on more than two public boards, so Lewis chose to step down from the planning board to remain a Shallotte town alderman.