Local News

  • Justice for Citizens plans 16th annual candlelight vigil

    LELAND—One hundred eighteen names will be read aloud this Friday night.

    One hundred eighteen people who were lost to violent crimes—murder, domestic violence or drunk driving—will be remembered as part of the 16th annual Justice for Citizens Candlelight Vigil.

    The event is open to the public, and is slated for 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 18, at First Baptist Church of Leland, 517 Village Road in Leland.

    Birdie Frink, event organizer and co-founder of Justice for Citizens, encourages everyone in the community to attend.

  • Shallotte woman to be on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire"

    SHALLOTTE—A Shallotte resident is a contestant this week on the hit game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

    Heather Menzel, a U.S. history teacher at South Brunswick High School and the wife of Joe Menzel, a English teacher at West Brunswick High School, taped an episode of the game show with Emmy-award winning Meredith Vieira.

    The episode is set to air Wednesday, Nov.16. “Millionaire” can be seen on WMBF (NBC), weekdays at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunnyside: Remembering the early days

    SHALLOTTE—When William and Dorothy Sellers retired to Shallotte it was a homecoming of sorts for one of the historic Sunnyside School’s former teachers.

    Dorothy will turn 90 in April 2012 and has lived in Shallotte for the last 29 years, but it is not her first time.

    Dorothy was born in Goldsboro where her mother was a teacher at the Goldsboro Academy.

    “My father moved us to Wilmington during the Depression years,” she said.

  • Ocean Isle officials select engineer for terminal groin project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The field has been narrowed and the town has selected their top engineer to pursue a feasibility study for a terminal groin.

    At commissioners’ November meeting Tuesday morning, they voted to pursue the feasibility study with Coastal Planning and Engineering at the helm of the feasibility study. The board selected their top candidate; however, at this time no further action has been taken.

  • 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.

    •Larceny of a purse from the Food Lion grocery store.

    •Vandalism by suspect keying the victim’s vehicle in Walmart parking lot.

    •Larceny of jewelry at Birch Pond Drive; suspect took jewelry from the victim’s residence.

  • One newcomer joins Ocean Isle Beach board

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—One newcomer will be on the next town council in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to unofficial results at press time Tuesday night, Betty Williamson and Dean Walters, the two incumbent candidates, and newcomer Bob Williams will fill the three commissioner seats. Each commissioner’s term is four years.

    Williams will replace current board member Suzie Wooten who did not seek re-election.

  • Shallotte elects a new mayor and alderman

    SHALLOTTE—The citizens of Shallotte turned out to vote on Tuesday and elected a new mayor and alderman.

    Sara McCullough and Paula Pease fought the race for mayor.

    McCullough decided to run for mayor after the passing of Mayor Buddy Kelly. She will finish the remaining two years of Kelly’s four-year term.

  • Ocean Isle Beach hosts community forum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s final community forum of the year was Monday night.

    Four times a year Ocean Isle Beach commissioners, mayor and town staff invite the public to forums. During the meetings the public is asked to share ideas and discuss concerns with the board. The board takes no formal action during the forums.

    “We are here to listen to your concerns and suggestions,” said Debbie Smith, mayor. “Tell us what is on your mind.”

  • Golden Corral Shallotte bound

    SHALLOTTE—More buffet dreams are back on the table as Golden Corral moves forward with plans to open in Shallotte.

    Earlier this year Golden Corral looked into a site for business in the Westpark Plaza commercial subdivision along Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) between Harley Davidson Drive and St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church.

    The project ran into several speed bumps, and plans for the final plat were never presented to Shallotte alderman for approval. It appeared the project was not going to happen.

  • Not much change in Holden Beach mayor, commissioner elections

    HOLDEN BEACH—Alan Holden will once again serve as mayor of Holden Beach.

    Holden, who was unopposed in his bid for mayor, was elected to his second term as mayor Tuesday night.

    Four incumbent candidates were also re-elected to the board of commissioners. One write-in candidate, Dennis Harrington, secured enough votes to become the board’s newcomer.