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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach approves $6-million-plus budget

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has adopted a $6,385,819 town budget for fiscal 2012-13.

    The tax rate remains unchanged.

    The budget was approved 3-2 by the five-member council at a special called session June 19.

    Town council members Lou De Vita, Karen Joseph and Wilson Sherrill approved the budget. Fellow council members Carol Scott and Mike Williams cast dissenting votes, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Sunset Beach boat access officially opens Friday

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is poised to officially launch its new boat launch and fishing pier.

    An hour-long ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Sunset Beach Boating Access Area at the Intracoastal Waterway is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 29.

    The event will feature opening remarks and guest speakers from Brunswick County, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other officials.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team roundup

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 18-24, special operations deputies issued 241 total traffic citations and charges.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents:

    •Death investigation on Goodman Road in Leland on June 23; an 89-year-old man died of natural causes.

    •Burglary, vandalism and larceny on Galloway Road in Varnamtown on June 23.

    •Larceny on Frying Pan Road in Southport on June 23; suspect stole victim’s custom North Carolina license plate.

    •Larceny on Caison Loop Road in Winnabow on June 23.

    •Vandalism on Ellis Road in Supply on June 23.

  • Sixty-eight-year-old business getting ready to retire

    SUPPLY—It was the mid 1940s when John Morton “Hitch” Parker first opened a store at the corner of what now composes the busy intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211.

    Al Parker recalls his grandfather started his business, J.M. Parker & Sons, as a feed-and-seed and general store.

  • Shallotte budget

    SHALLOTTE—The town passed the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget last Thursday afternoon during a public hearing. No one from the community attended the meeting.

    The tax rate remains unchanged from the current fiscal year at a rate of 35 cents per $100 of valuation. The new town budget is 3 percent less than the previous fiscal year.

    As of June 21, the total percentage spent from the 2011-2012 budget is 80.91 of the general fund total of $4,091,598.99 with 90.76 percent of general fund revenues collected.

  • 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.

    The Shallotte Police Department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Stacey Leann Tedder, of 606 East First Ave, Chadbourn, was arrested for driving while license revoked.

    •Logan Ann McBride, 28, of 606 East First Ave, Chadbourn, was arrested for driving while license revoked and outstanding warrants.

  • DSS board finds attorney to represent board

    BOLIVIA—After more than a year and a half without legal representation, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have found an attorney to represent them.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, June 26, board members unanimously approved hiring Southport attorney Kenneth Campbell. The recommendation will be forwarded to county commissioners for approval.

  • Playing possum is not a good, at-home game, even with Magic Mesh

    I type with trepidation early this morning in my Little River, S.C., living room, the back screened-porch door cautiously open to the sounds of light rain and a crow cawing in the distance for his breakfast.

    Things just haven’t been the same since I got lured in by my new Magic Mesh instant screen door, one of those As-Seen-On-TV miracle products that seemed to be just what I—and my cats—needed to survive summer.