Local News

  • Proposed park still considered in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Proposed ideas for a future town “serenity” park will be reviewed by a town committee that launched the idea.

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners voted last week to return a consultant’s proposed ideas to the town communications advisory committee for consideration.

    “It’s up to the communications committee,” Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said at the July 7 town commissioners meeting, as to whether the committee favors such a park and to make recommendations to town commissioners.

  • Long road to recovery for motorcycle wreck victim

     SHALLOTTE—The night of Tuesday, May 31, is one Robin (Chris) Taylor can’t remember but his body will never let him forget.

    Taylor can’t remember anything for a few days before and a week after May 31. He only recalls what he has been told and what the police reports say happened to him.

    “I don’t remember anything from a couple of days before to one week later,” Taylor said from the front porch of his Shallotte home. “I couldn’t even remember if I had gone to work that day.”

  • Town decides to pursue a terminal groin



    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners agreed Tuesday it is in the town’s best interest to take necessary steps to position the town in alignment with state requirements to pursue a terminal groin.

    In June Senate Bill 110 became law, permitting up to four terminal groins along North Carolina’s coast.

    Prior to Senate Bill 110, there was a nearly 30-year ban on hardened structures along North Carolina’s beaches.

  • 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.

    •Strong-armed robbery in the parking lot of Thomas Drugs on Main Street; suspect took victim’s prescription medication as she walked out of the store with it. There was a verbal and physical altercation.

    •Gildardo V. Ruiz, 22, of 4722 Four Season Way, Ash, was arrested for resisting arrest; suspect was stopped for a DWI investigation and fled on foot.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime report

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

    •Driving while impaired, left of center and not burning headlights on Culpepper Drive on July 4.

    •Intoxicated and disruptive in the parking lot of Second Street Bar and Grill on July 4.

    •Vandalism and larceny on East First Street by subject busting picnic table and railing and removing a fire extinguisher.

  • Supreme Court allows DA’s traffic court; will hear case

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued an order allowing District Attorney Jon David’s administrative traffic court to resume.

    David’s traffic court program has been on hold since April, when Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order, which halted traffic court.

    In the April administrative order, Jolly criticized David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.

  • Holden Beach mayor files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 5.

    The filing is for personal finances and does not affect Alan Holden Vacations or any of his other corporations.

    “I filed for Chapter 11,” Holden said in an interview Tuesday morning. “Chapter 7 and 13 [bankruptcy] means you’re broke, in simple terms.  Chapter 11 means you are strong in assets versus liabilities and that you are reorganizing.

  • Candidates continue to file for office for November municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming municipal elections continues.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said some changes have taken place since the last municipal election in 2009.

  • Carolina Shores Golf Course sale postponed

    BOLIVIA—A scheduled foreclosure sale of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club has been postponed until September.

    The rescheduling was announced by a county tax official Tuesday morning at Brunswick County Courthouse, where a handful of Carolina Shores residents turned out to learn the future of the 37-year-old, 18-hole golf course.

    There were more residents than bidders on hand.

    Ron Pecina said he lives on the golf course.

    “My backyard is the golf course,” he said. “I have a vested interest.”

  • Community garden meeting set for July 26 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A follow-up meeting to obtain input from residents about a future community garden and event space next to town hall is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

    The session will be conducted at Carolina Shores Town Hall by Frank Smith, owner of Smith 2 Architecture + Design PLLC of Wilmington. The firm has been contracted to prepare conceptual design of the project.