Today's News

  • Terminated attorney continues to bill county for legal work

    Gary Shipman, the Department of Social Services attorney whose contract was terminated by county commissioners in January, continues to bill the county for legal services.

    Brunswick County Commissioners voted to terminate Shipman’s contract at their Jan. 18 meeting. But Shipman refuses to step down as the DSS board’s attorney, even billing the county nearly $2,000 for legal services completed after his contract was terminated.

  • Carolina Shores gets ready for better lighting, signage

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is set to light up a dark intersection along with obtaining proper signage.

    Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at the town board of commissioners meeting Feb. 10, said the town is poised to get proper documentation within two weeks to get a streetlight at Persimmon Road and U.S. 17.

    Town building inspector Chuck Riggins met that morning with town engineer Amie Drucker and Allen Pope, Division 3 engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Selby said.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council wants to reach out to citizens

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council agrees there needs to be better communication with residents, but exactly how to do that was among a list of agenda items debated at a day-long retreat Feb. 9.

    Town council member Karen Joseph said it would be a good way to combat misinformation, suggesting the town have a computer set up at town hall.
    Fellow council member Carol Scott said she doesn’t mind that idea, but information should be as short as possible and include finances.

  • Several thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated several incidents of theft reported during the past two weeks.

    •On Feb. 11, a vehicle was reported broken into at a residence on Medcalf Drive. A camera, 35-millimeter lens and some cigars were reported stolen.

    •On Feb. 8, someone stole a center hub off a vehicle while it was parked at the Sunset Beach public works building.

    •On Feb. 3, a breaking and entering was reported at a residence on Sea Trail Drive. An assorted amount of jewelry was reported stolen.

  • County settles with former inmate in TB lawsuit

    Brunswick County has settled a lawsuit with a former inmate who sued the county in connection with a tuberculosis outbreak in the jail.

    Floyd Baldwin, a Columbus County man who was an inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center during a 2008 TB outbreak in the detention center, sued the county health department, the sheriff’s office and county commissioners in June 2010.

    In his suit, Baldwin claimed it was negligent for county and jail officials not to test an inmate who had TB at the time he was booked at the detention center.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Sarah Danielle Clemmons, 18, of 1865 Little Shallotte River Road, was arrested for drunk and disruptive and underage consumption. The subject was standing outside of her vehicle on Frontage Road with a group of people. The vehicle was parked in the road and still running.

  • DSS board to meet to begin reviewing director’s applications

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have called a special meeting to begin reviewing applications for the permanent DSS director’s position.

    The meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the DSS conference room, has only one item on the agenda—to go into closed session to review applications for the director’s position.

    Interim DSS Director Neil Walters said 50 people have applied for the director’s job, not all of who are qualified for the position.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center nears completion

    SUPPLY—When hospital officials open the doors to Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer, Brunswick County residents will have access to state-of-the-art healthcare right in their backyard.

    With four floors and 252,370 square feet, the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center eclipses its predecessor, Brunswick Community Hospital at one floor and 72,533 square feet.

    The new hospital site is about 3 miles north of the current hospital, on the southbound side of U.S. 17 in Supply.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 7-13, K-9 deputies answered two calls, wrote two citations and made five drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Turkey Trap Road and McMilly Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Fernado Noyola, 25, of 54 Bug Hill Road, Nakina, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute cocaine, fleeing or eluding arrest with motor vehicle on Bell Swamp Road in Bolivia; suspect threw pistol and cocaine and attempted to flee from reporting officer.

    •Assault on 2136 Nicholas Place in Calabash; suspect bit tips of victim’s fingers off.