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  • 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.

  • County golf cart ordinance to take effect Dec. 1

    BOLIVIA—Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, golf cart drivers in Brunswick County will be required to follow new regulations.

    Adopted by county commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting, the golf cart ordinance regulates recreational golf cart use in the unincorporated portions of the county.

    The new provisions require golf cart drivers to have a valid driver’s license to drive on state roads with speed limits under 35 mph. Learners’ permits will not be considered a valid license, the ordinance states.

  • Trade assistance workshop for shrimpers in Varnamtown on Wednesday

    A workshop for shrimpers who have applied for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance is set for 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Varnamtown Town Hall.

    Jackie Varnam, chairman of Brunswick Catch, which is hosting the event, said the session is for area shrimpers who have applied for up to $12,000 in individual federal assistance being offered as compensation for reduced prices they’ve been getting for their shrimp.

  • Decorations are one local couple's Christmas gift to the community

    The Christmas lights came on for the first time on Oct. 30, but the owners weren’t done. In fact, they still aren’t done.

    If you drive past Jennies Branch on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach in the evening, you can’t miss the holiday cheer.

    “We started off with one strand of lights across the back of the house 10 years ago,”  Reba Lefler said.

  • Thanksgiving celebration helps introduce American traditions to Hispanic community

    SHALLOTTE—With a rapidly growing Hispanic population of parishioners, introducing families to American culture and traditions is a way to help the Hispanic community at St. Brendan the Navigator better integrate into society.

    Last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving celebration hosted at the Shallotte church. It was intended to show the Hispanic community what a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is like.

  • Federal investigation ends with state plea for former governor

    RALEIGH—Another North Carolina politician now bears the scarlet “F.”

    Last week, in a Wake Court courtroom, the year-and-a-half-long federal investigation into former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley ended with a guilty plea in state court.

    Easley, who served two terms as North Carolina governor, from 2001 until 2009, entered an Alford Plea Tuesday, Nov. 23.

    Easley entered the plea deal to one felony count of certifying a false campaign finance report.

  • Golf-cart ordinance on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scheduled to review a golf-cart ordinance at its upcoming meeting Monday night, Dec. 6.

    At council’s last meeting in November, concerns were expressed about how to regulate golf carts in town, particularly as they relate to the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge and traffic on Main Street.

  • Shop ’til you drop

    The turkey was barely eaten and leftovers put away before the Christmas shopping craze began.

    Black Friday shoppers bombarded Walmart in Shallotte well before the official start of the store’s sale at 12:01 a.m. Shopping was under way several hours before midnight at Walmart, according to several shoppers who waited in line for the 4 a.m. opening of Belk. One shopper reported by midnight, the checkout lines in the store were lined up with dozens of shoppers with carts overflowing with everything from movie DVDs to bath towels.

  • Mother in jail for violating probation terms after not sending child to school

    BOLIVIA—A local mother is in jail for violating terms of her probation and not sending her child to school.

    Marie D. McKeithan was sentenced to 15 days in jail by District Judge Napoleon Barefoot on Nov. 19, according to assistant district attorney Cathi Radford.

    “[McKeithan] admitted she violated probation,” Radford said. “At that point, the judge has two choices.”

    Barefoot chose to impose jail time rather than extend the terms of her probation, Radford said.

  • Law allows excused absences for religious holiday observances

    BOLIVIA—State law now directs public schools to authorize excused absences for religious observances.

    House Bill 357, which went into effect July 20, dictates school principals must grant “a minimum of two excused absences” for religious observances.

    “Most school systems are already doing this,” Superintendent Ed Pruden said during the Brunswick County Board of Education policy meeting Tuesday morning.