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  • No property tax increase expected in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Although they haven’t officially voted on a property tax increase, Brunswick County commissioners don’t plan on an increase in the coming year. Commissioners recommended maintaining the current tax rate of 44.25 cents per $100 of value, according to presentations during their Thursday, March 6, budget retreat.

  • Deputies find missing Shallotte woman, infant daughter safe

     Deputies have found a missing Shallotte woman and her infant daughter safe.

    Trish Elizabeth Whitley, 33, was last seen by her father Monday, March 3, about 4:30 p.m. at 1792 Chadwick Landing in Shallotte.

    She and her 1-year-old daughter, Imogen Whitley, were found safely early Friday evening, the  Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said.

  • Propane smell briefly empties Sunset Beach drugstore

    A possible propane problem led to evacuation of Walgreens in Sunset Beach on Friday morning, March 7.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said local firefighters responded after the smell of propane was detected around 7:50 a.m.

    The building was evacuated and aired out. Dempsey attributed the incident to a possible leak in the heating system of the drugstore at 852 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The drugstore was closed for about 30 minutes. By 8:30 a.m., employees and customers were allowed to go back inside the store, Dempsey said.

  • Agents arrest S.C. man after finding $27K in drugs

    A South Carolina man faces drug charges after agents said they found more than $27,000 in illegal drugs during a traffic stop Wednesday, March 5, near Calabash.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice-Narcotics Unit seized 174 grams of MDMA from Kyle Whitney Anderson’s black 2013 Chrysler 300 on U.S. 17, just across the state line, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Wilmington couple face 120 sex crimes involving child

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies have charged a Wilmington couple with 120 sex crimes involving a child.

    Amos Lavon Hardy, 36, of Carolina Beach Road, faces 70 counts of first-degree sex offense with a child, according to a sheriff’s office news release. 

    The charges are in addition to the four counts of sex offense in a parental role, three counts of statutory rape/sexual offense and second-degree rape Hardy was charged with Feb. 10, when he was first arrested and jailed.

  • Flurry of candidates file for elections by deadline

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis announced her intention to run for the N.C. Supreme Court last June, but waited until Friday, Feb. 28, the last day of the fi ling period, to make it known she is running for chief justice.

    Lewis became a Superior Court judge in the 13th Judicial District in 2000 and serves as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge representing Brunswick County.

    Her term does not expire until 2018, but Lewis said last year she felt a run for the state Supreme Court was the next step for her.

  • No more gated communities in Leland

    LELAND — Leland’s town board voted to change its ordinance to prohibit gated communities at the Feb. 20 meeting.

    The public hearing and discussion on the gated communities began in January and was continued for a month when commissioners asked for more information.

  • County, school board members to talk sales tax referendum

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners will pitch a quarter-cent county sales tax increase to the town boards and civic organizations in person.

    County board members voted 4-1 on Feb. 24 to add a voter referendum for the quarter-cent county sales tax increase to the May 6 primary election ballot.

    Commissioner Frank Williams was the dissenting vote.

    Following the vote, county public information officer Amanda Hutcheson asked commissioners to help publicize the referendum.

  • Shallotte restaurant co-stars in McCarthy comedy’s first trailer

    SHALLOTTE — The first movie trailer for the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” co-stars Shallotte restaurant The Grille.

    “Somebody said to me, ‘You were on the national news,’” Grille owner Sal Rubio said. “They showed the trailer on ‘Ellen,’ then people started calling.”

    Rubio has an email list to send weekly specials and other announcements to customers, so he sent a link of the trailer to everyone.

    “I was surprised to see that much of the trailer was from here,” Rubio said.

  • Carolina Shores talks trees

    CAROLINA SHORES —Tree talk dominated town commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, March 3.

    Three weeks after a second ice storm descended on the region, the town is still picking up fallen tree debris.

    In her monthly report, interim town administrator Julie Munday noted the ice storm caused much damage, but not enough to declare a state or federal emergency.

    As a result, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will not be removing personal debris related to the storm from town rights-of-way.