Local News

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County talent part of North Myrtle Beach Xmas cantata this weekend

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Most people around Sunset Beach know Marc Kaplan for his business acumen, as the longtime operator of the local fishing pier and Island Market.

    Monday night, however, Kaplan left the island and was busy singing and fulfilling his duties as the longtime choir chairman for the North Myrtle Beach All City Christmas Cantata, which will be presented in three performances this weekend.

  • Fifth annual train show pulling into Grissettown Longwood Fire Station

    LONGWOOD—For the fifth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department has become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s fifth annual Christmas Train Show continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • Workshop Monday, meeting Dec. 9 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will convene at their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at town hall.

    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

    Agendas for the meetings will be available later this week, according to deputy town clerk Nicole Marks.