Local News

  • 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.

  • Alderman recommends possible changes to avoid stalled developments

    Last year, a large development that had been in the planning stages for several years stalled due to lack of funding.

    It left a number of property owners with unusable land and requiring the town of Shallotte to use bonds to complete the planned infrastructure.

    This year, the N.C. General Assembly passed a bill preventing any town or county from calling bonds to complete unfinished projects. It didn’t affect the development, San Rio, off Gray Bridge Road, but it worried town officials.

  • Low water pressure in Shallotte, Holden Beach Wednesday-Thursday

    The county waterline along Greybridge Road that follows N.C. 130 to Walmart in Shallotte will need to be re-aligned to accommodate the roadwork behind Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center.

    This waterline energizes water supply to southern Shallotte and Holden Beach. That work will be done in an area encompassing the “back” entrance to Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center to about 700 feet southeast of Red Bug Road.

  • Beach Water quality swimming advisories issued at ocean-side sites in Brunswick County

    Five advisories against swimming have been issued today at ocean-side swimming areas in Brunswick County.

    State environmental health officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards. Stormwater runoff following scattered thunderstorms in the past 48 hours is thought to be the cause of contamination.

  • Pantano defeats two challengers to face McIntyre in November

    Republican Ilario Gregory Pantano defeated two challengers in the primary election for the opportunity to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th, in the November General Election.

    Pantano, of Wilmington, garnered 4,507 votes in Brunswick County, followed by challengers Will Breazeale of Wilmington with 3,143, and Randy Crow of Kelly with 1,506.

    Districtwide, Pantano received 17,057 votes to Brezeale’s 11,559 and Crow’s 4,809.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Wilson to face MacCallum in November for clerk of court

    Incumbent Clerk of Court Cheryl Cheers Wilson will face challenger Jim MacCallum in November to retain her seat.

    Wilson was elected to her first term as clerk in 2006. She previously served 16 years as a magistrate judge and nine years as a legal assistant.

    Tuesday night, she defeated Democrat challenger Linda Moses, a former deputy clerk and current administrative assistant at the Shallotte Police Department, 2,691 votes to 1,699 votes, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections results.

  • Court of appeals winners

    Nonpartisan incumbent Ann Marie Calabria of Morrisville has retained her N.C. Court of Appeals seat, reaping 37 percent of the vote statewide in Tuesday’s primary over challengers Jane Gray at 36.23 percent and Mark E. Klass at 26.77 percent.

    Calabria also won the most votes in Brunswick County—4,914 over Gray’s 3,792 and Klass’ 2,360.

  • Sunset Beach OKs terminal-groin letter with conditions

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted Monday to send a letter to the state legislature stating if terminal groins are approved that eight conditions of the Coastal Resources Commission be inserted into the law.

    “I’m personally not in favor of terminal groins, and I’ve made that quite clear for the last year,” said councilwoman Carol Scott, who made a motion to send the letter.

  • Gore out as DA: Pope defeats five-term incumbent

    It’s the end of an era.

    After 20 years as district attorney, Rex Gore will not move forward to the General Election to run for his sixth term for district attorney.

    Butch Pope, a Whiteville attorney, defeated Gore, the five-term incumbent district attorney Tuesday night to secure the Democratic nomination for DA for the 13th prosecutorial district.

    Pope defeated Gore 10,205 votes to 8,010 votes, or 56.03 percent to 43.97 percent in the three-county district, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Ingram wins GOP nod to continue bid for sheriff

    Surrounded by his family, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram accepted the GOP nomination for sheriff Tuesday night at Brunswick County’s Republican headquarters in Bolivia.

    Ingram defeated his primary challenger, Tim Daniels, 6,908 votes to 3,351 votes, or 67 percent to 32 percent.

    “It’s very exciting,” Ingram said from GOP headquarters after delivering a victory speech to a standing room only crowd, many of whom were sheriff’s deputies cheering on their sheriff.