Local News

  • Carolina Shores commissioners OK paving change without rebidding

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a paving project in the Village at Calabash even though work stipulations changed after the project was bid.

    The board voted March 4 to award a $68,000 contract to Hardee & Prince Contractors of Loris, S.C., for paving at Oakbark Court, Gate 3 and in the Village at Calabash.

  • Homeless man remembered following death in South Carolina

    He was just a homeless man, someone who once had a job and a family and a good income driving a truck.

    On a cold December day last year, Phillip Riley showed up for free homemade soup served by a church at Shallotte Riverside Park.

    He’d been living in the woods, he said, after his luck and the economy took a downturn and he lost his job. He said he could lead a reporter to other homeless people for a future story, but then he disappeared.

  • Shallotte planners recommend changes to sidewalk map

    The Shallotte Planning Board is recommending changes to the town’s sidewalk district map that will improve the appearance of the town and better control construction of sidewalks.

    The board voted unanimously at its Tuesday night board meeting to recommend the town board of aldermen approve dividing the town into quadrants meeting at the intersection of Main Street and Wall Street/Shallotte Avenue.

  • Brunswick’s clerk named president of N.C. Clerks Association

    BOLIVIA—Debby Gore says there is zero room for error in her job. As the clerk to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, Gore serves as the official record keeper for all county business.

     “Everything has to be perfect, because you are writing history,” Gore said.

    In addition to being the official record keeper for the county, Gore oversees the code of ordinances for the county as well as serving as the liaison between county commissioners and the 30-some county boards and committees.

  • Canvass doesn’t change Brunswick election results

    BOLVIA—Brunswick County elections officials on Tuesday completed the countywide elections canvass of last week’s election and the outcomes of all political races remain the same.

    According to Sara Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, the only changes were the number of provisional ballots counted and mail-in absentee ballots, she said.

    Elections officials counted 80 total provisional ballots. Thirty-seven ballots were approved, 24 ballots were not approved and 19 ballots were partially approved.

  • State law squashes Breazeale’s potential independent, write-in bid for Congress

    Will Breazeale, who lost the GOP nomination to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives to Ilario Pantano, said last week he was considering running again—this time as an independent candidate in November’s General Election.

    But according to state law, he can’t do either.

    Though no Libertarian candidate ran in the primary election, Breazeale could not run as a Libertarian, Greg Bellamy, Brunswick County Elections Director, said.

  • Shallotte ‘Summerfest’ to begin Memorial Day weekend

    The Downtown Shallotte committee’s annual outdoor concert/music series at Rourk Gardens on Main Street is scheduled to begin May 30 with a Memorial Day service and concert.

    The committee has dubbed this year’s event Summerfest and has added an evening art festival to the line-up featuring works from local and regional artists.

  • No Port Southport protests recon draft, receives grant for environmental study

    SOUTHPORT—Members of No Port Southport are continuing to make their voices heard about their objections to the N.C. International Terminal project planned for the Southport area.

    This time, members have lodged a complaint with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about its draft analysis report, part of the ongoing reconnaissance study for the terminal.

    No Port member Mike Rice requested the draft report using N.C. public records laws. He and other No Port members believe it did not address the issues it was designed to address.

  • Local builders find ways to adapt to down market

    SOUTHPORT—With metal roofs, hardiplank siding, hardwood floors and ceramic tile kitchen counters, the new cottages at the Turtlewood subdivision in Southport don’t seem much different from the homes Whitney Blair Custom Homes usually builds in high-end developments.

    But the process was different for the Sunset Beach-based company—the cottages contain less than 2,000 square feet and are priced less than $300,000.

  • Spring Beach Rally continues at local Harley dealership

    Jim and Barb Conley of Bolivia say the Spring Beach Rally now continuing at Beach House Harley Davidson in Shallotte is a great gathering place for weekend bikers.

    The couple, who have been attending bike rallies for about six years now, said they found many more vendors and activities at the Shallotte event than in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and were pleased the event was so much closer to their home.