Local News

  • Honored for going above the call of duty everyday

     SHALLOTTE—Nancy Hewett thought she was having a heart attack as she drove along N.C. 130 toward Shallotte.

    She was trying desperately to get herself to the hospital. As symptoms worsened, Hewett’s vehicle swerved, catching the attention of a passing sheriff’s deputy. He began to follow her vehicle.

    Hewett pulled to the side of the road. She was going to wait for her husband to come and pick her up. Fate had other plans.

    “I was sweating profusely and I was extremely pale,” Hewett said.

  • How many birds are too many?

    SHALLOTTE—How many birds are too many?

    According to local birding couple John (Jack) and Phyllis Sexton, when it comes to purple martins there is no such thing as too many.

    “We didn’t know what a purple martin was until we moved south,” Jack Sexton said.

    The couple moved to the Carolinas in 1989 from New Jersey after retiring and became involved in a bird club.

  • 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.

    •Maceo Fullwood, 59, of 363 Helm St., Supply, was arrested for failure to appear on possession of cocaine in New Hanover County. Fullwood was stopped for identification while walking from closed businesses on Mulberry Street in Shallotte.

    •Benjamin DeVaughn Wilson, 32, of 15 Paisley Drive, Apt. 105, Shallotte, was arrested for assault on a female.

  • Commissioners reduce bulkhead repair time in order to urge action

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—If town officials deem bulkheads in Ocean Isle Beach in “imminent danger,” homeowners will now have 30 days instead of 90 to repair them.

    Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution at their monthly meeting Tuesday to the Section 42-43 of a town ordinance that outlines bulkhead repairs. The resolution changes the amount of time homeowners will have to fix bulkheads that are “in imminent danger of collapse, failure or which create a danger to adjoining properties or the canal system.”

  • House adopts budget, moves on to Senate

    RALEIGH—After 11 hours of floor debate and 45 amendments, members of the state House of Representatives last week passed a historic state budget.

    The budget now goes to the Senate for approval.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican, said the final House vote was 72 votes to 47 votes to approve the $19.2 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Senators are expected to consider the budget in time to have it on N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk by June 1, one month before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

  • Schools to operate on staggered start next year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have decided the school system will operate on a staggered start schedule beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

    Board members voted 3-2 Tuesday night to adopt the schedule, which will save the school system a half-million dollars in transportation costs. Board members Bud Thorsen and Catherine Cooke opposed the measure.

  • Woman charged in fatal wreck that killed Ocean Isle Beach woman

    The driver of the vehicle that killed an Ocean Isle Beach woman has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. T.W. Pope said Brenda Chapman Tew, 67, was charged with several felonies Tuesday for her role in the April 15 wreck that killed 83-year-old Betty Grace Grabb.

    Tew was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury, driving while impaired and driving left of center, Pope said. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for missing Leland teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing Leland teenager.

    Gregory Allen Eason, 16, was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9, leaving his home at 7320 Pinecliff Drive in Leland, on foot.

    Eason was last seen wearing blue shorts and a white shirt and had a red backpack with him.

    He is 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

    He is possible headed to McDonough, Ga., to see his girlfriend, possible on a Greyhound bus.

  • Family grieves tragic loss

    SUPPLY—Sometimes laughing through the tears is the only way to deal with loss.

    One Supply family is trying to do just that.

    On Wednesday, May 4, around 10:45 a.m., Heidi Joann Robinson, 34,  fell to her death from a 14th floor balcony at the Sea Watch Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Heidi Robinson was staying in a room on the 17th floor with several other people. Details surrounding the accident are under investigation.

  • Taco Bell opening delayed until Tuesday

    The Taco Bell in Shallotte was scheduled to open Monday at 5 p.m. As customers arrived on Monday evening, they were greeted by the store's owner and district managers in the parking lot. Customers were told the store would not open until around noon on Tuesday.

    The delay was caused by a delay in the arrival of necessary equipment. Owners apologized for the inconvenience and said everyone seemed understanding.

    Traffic control arrangements are in place for Tuesday's opening.