Local News

  • Governor vetoes Voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed House Bill 531, An Act to Restore Confidence in Government, which requires a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Perdue vetoed the measure last week, which was approved in the General Assembly on June 16.

    Republican legislators have indicated they plan to seek a veto override, which requires a three-fifths majority, when they reconvene in mid-July.

    With five Democrats who crossed the aisle, Republicans were able to override Perdue’s budget veto earlier this month.

  • Bringing end of life care closer to home

    SUPPLY—Coping with the end-of-life journey is a difficult road to go alone, and that is why one organization exists in Brunswick County.

    The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a non-profit organization, currently serves patients in a five-county area and has been serving Brunswick County for 30 years.

    Patients from Brunswick County must travel to Wilmington or Whiteville for in-patient care centers, but that is changing.

  • Shallotte passes budget


    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have adopted a revenue-neutral budget with a 35-cent tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    The average decrease in property values in Shallotte was approximately 23.7 percent and 29 percent for all of Brunswick County.

  • Drivers beware: New traffic pattern, again

    SHALLOTTE—The traffic barrels and cones won’t be gone by the holiday weekend, but traffic will be cruising in a new traffic pattern.

    In what is being called by North Carolina Department of Transportation officials as the “final traffic pattern,” traffic in Shallotte will once again be navigating new terrain. The new portion of the Smith Avenue Extension connecting Smith Avenue to N.C. 130 will officially open late Thursday evening/early Friday morning and be ready for the holiday weekend.

  • 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.

    •Michael Dean Wilson, 55, of 3075 Canna Place, Shallotte, was charged with stealing pet flea medication from Walmart.

  • Owner desperate for return of lost dog

    Connie Hare is hoping someone has seen Riley, her beloved boxer/pit bull dog who disappeared from her yard near Hickmans Crossroads last Wednesday.

    “I’m her mother,” Hare said Tuesday. “It has been so hard without my baby. I just want her home.”

    Hare and her fiancé, Ken Bellamy, have been scouring the woods and countryside near their home on Highway 57 ever since Riley left the yard. Hare said it was out of character for Riley, who preferred to stay in the house, to do that.

  • Sunset Beach council adopts new budget for 2011-2012

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council officially adopted a $5.8 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, which takes effect this coming Friday, July 1, and calls for a 10.5-cent ad valorem tax rate per $100 of valuation.

    According to a statement and figures issued by town budget officer Donna Rogers, the revenue-neutral rate for the town would be 12.5 cents based on general property reappraisal for the town. The rate that was adopted represents an increase from the property tax rate of 9 cents for fiscal year 2010-2011.

  • Former Sunset Beach chief building inspector resigns state board, surrenders certificates

    Former Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis has resigned a state board and surrendered certificates earned over the years.

    Curtis has resigned his seat on the state Code Officials Qualification Board effective immediately, according to Kerry Hall, spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal.

    Hall said Curtis also surrendered all of his certificates qualifying him for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fire inspections work as of July 1.

  • Fourth of July festivities

    The Fourth of July is being celebrated with all the bells, whistles and fireworks.

    The annual Ocean Isle Beach POA Fourth of July parade gets under way at 10 a.m. Monday.

    The North Carolina Fourth of July Festival Parade is set for 11 a.m. in Southport, accompanied by all-day food vendors, arts and crafts, and other events (see www.nc4thofjuly.com). Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

    Calabash festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Monday on the waterfront at Oak Street beside Capt. John’s Seafood House. Highlights include food vendors and old-fashioned games.

  • Brunswick included in governor-declared state of emergency

    Brunswick County is one of 29 eastern North Carolina counties included in a declaration of emergency issued by N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue.

    On Saturday, Perdue signed Executive Order 94, which declared a state of emergency for 29 eastern counties because of the wildfires already burning and the threat of continued and dry conditions.

    There have been no confirmed wildfires in Brunswick County, though Brunswick County remains under state and local burn bans.