Local News

  • ‘Talk of the Towns’

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs committee hosted its first-ever ‘Talk of the Towns’ breakfast event at the Thistle Golf Club Tuesday morning. Mayors and other officials from Brunswick County towns updated the audience about what’s going on in the municipalities. ABOVE: Carolina Shores Mayor Steven Selby talks about the town’s efforts to bring more commercial development into town. BELOW: Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein talks about the progress of the new high-rise bridge being built and other town progress.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Some still frustrated by search as unemployment rate decreases due to seasonal jobs

    Longwood resident Alice Schofield continues her daily job search while also working volunteer hours at Family Thrift Store in Shallotte, for which she receives assistance from the Department of Social Services—enough to pay her electric bill.

    “I didn’t get any of the jobs I interviewed for,” the former business owner, veterinary technician and legal secretary said recently while she sorted clothes at the thrift store.

  • Board of education incumbent faces former educator in District 3 race

    Board of education member Charlie Miller will seek re-election to hold onto the District 3 seat, a position he has had for the past four years.

    Harvey Rash, a retired Brunswick County Schools educator with 29 years of classroom experience, will challenge him for the GOP nomination during next week’s primary election.

  • New rules proposed to make vision plan more than a vision

    What will Shallotte’s downtown look like in the next five to 10 years?

    Will it include a walkable, tree-lined Main Street with sidewalks, convenient shopping and restaurants?

    A bustling waterfront with a town square, riverwalk and combined commercial-residential district, where people from all walks of life gather for lunch at outdoor cafes?

    All of that is possible according to Shallotte’s 10-year vision plan, and the town’s planning staff and planning board and sidewalk/transportation committee are working to make it a reality.

  • Four from varying backgrounds vie for clerk of superior court

    Two Brunswick County attorneys are vying for the Republican nomination to run in the November General Election for Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court Court, while on the Democrat side, the one-term incumbent is facing a challenge from a former deputy clerk.

    Cheryl Wilson

    Cheryl Cheers Wilson was elected to the clerk of court office in 2006, after longtime clerk Diana Morgan retired.

    The Shallotte native worked nine years as a legal assistant and 16 years as a magistrate judge before being elected to the office.

  • Whiteville man killed in single-vehicle wreck in Ash Friday night

    A Whiteville man was killed Friday night in a single-vehicle wreck in Ash.

    According to Sgt. R.E. King of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Jarrod Andre Clewis, 42, of Whiteville, was driving a 1996 Pontiac east on Kingtown Road when he crossed the center line after coming out of a curve at 9:37 p.m. Clewis then lost control, ran off the right side of the road and collided with a ditch. The vehicle overturned and Clewis was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Willis named Brunswick County Teacher of the Year

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Early College High School teacher Becky Willis said math has always been her favorite subject.

    “I tell my students all the time, I was always the student that was not happy with a 98, and I wanted 100,” she said. “And that’s why I loved math, because I could always check my work and then when I sent it in, I made 100. I was a nerd. I was the biggest math nerd.”

  • Blanketeers needed for Project Linus Brunswick County chapter

    Project Linus is a national, nonprofit organization based in Illinois that provides blankets for children in need.

    A new chapter is forming for Brunswick County, and volunteers are needed.

    “We make blankets to provide love, and a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are traumatized, sick, abused or in need,” Terri Hinkle, Brunswick County chapter organizer, said.

  • Women, religion and relationships focus of Butterfly Sisterhood event

    On Friday, April 23, the Ladies’ Ministry group at First Baptist Church of Shallotte will present the Butterfly Sisterhood event. The theme for this year’s event is “Faith Not Fear for God is Faithful.”
    The Ladies’ Ministry group at First Baptist says this year’s event will be much different from last year’s event. One of the changes for this year includes a new Ladies’ Ministry Director, Cathie McLean.

  • Signs of the times: Where to find those missing campaign signs

    SHALLOTTE—Tucked behind a garage at North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Shallotte maintenance office is a graveyard of sorts for campaign signs. Hundreds of campaign signs removed by NCDOT officials from state-owned rights-of-way and roadways have been stored behind the garage until candidates claim them.

    Candidates or their representatives have 30 days to pick up their signs before they are thrown out, Iris McCombs, NCDOT maintenance engineer, said.