Local News

  • Carolina Shores Planning & Zoning chairman Jim Hartnett dies

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town lost its planning & zoning board chairman while the local fire department lost a valued volunteer last week.

    Jim Hartnett, chairman of the Carolina Shores Planning & Zoning Board and a longtime volunteer with the Calabash Fire Department, died last Thursday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Hartnett, 76, had served as chairman of the town planning & zoning board since 2007. He also had been involved with the Calabash Fire Department for more than nine years.

  • Police make another arrest in Hardee's case, seek suspect

    Shallotte Police have charged another person in connection with the armed robbery at Hardee’s on Main Street Dec. 12. They have also identified the alleged robber, who is still at large.

    On Tuesday, police charged Bobbie Diabo, 39, of 3686 Spring Dale Road, Little River, S.C., with aiding and abetting armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    She’s now custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

  • Holden Beach residents will have to replace corroded tanks, panels

    This wasn’t exactly the Christmas spending many Holden Beach homeowners had planned on.

    But rusty and corroded propane tanks and/or electric panels pose such an imminent danger that replacement will be required within 30 days.

    “The gas tanks can leak, and somebody’s flipping cigarettes off the back deck—or fireworks…” said Holden Beach town manager David Hewett. “I’m cognizant of the yard-Nazi thing on anything the building inspector does, but this is a no-brainer.”

  • Town hall renovations continue

    Renovations to the Shallotte Town Hall building on Cheers Street are continuing. In the fall, the town signed a contract with Landmark Builders to build $358,419 in additions to the town hall’s administration building including improvements to the exterior and installing an elevator inside.

  • SBWSA money to go for sewer aid in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    Surplus funds from the defunct South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority will be used to provide sewer connection assistance in Calabash and Sunset Beach.

    Brunswick County Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said this week roughly $67,000 has been earmarked for Sunset Beach, and Calabash will receive “exactly that same amount.”

    Funding will be for eligible property owners, those in low-to-moderate income brackets, as well as those who are handicapped, Pierce said.

  • Senate health reform bill moves forward; Christmas Eve vote expected

    After a series or party-line votes on healthcare reform this week, senators are expected to cast what could be their final vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act early Christmas Eve.

    The week of votes on the reform bill began with a cloture vote at 1 a.m. Monday, when a 60-40 party-line vote gave senate Democrats the three-fifths majority needed to move for with the bill.

  • High surf advisory, rain, cold weather in Brunswick

    A high surf advisory is in effect for Brunswick County beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through midnight.

    Six to 8 foot breakers are expected to develop in the surf zone, according to the National Weather Service. That means the surf will be rough and strong, frequent rip currents are expected, especially around high tide Friday night.

    Throughout the day Friday, rain is expected to develop and linger. Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected. Some areas may see as much as 3 inches of rain.

  • BCC training workers for new careers and higher levels of employment

    SUPPLY—Students in the heating and air conditioning (HVAC I) class at Brunswick Community College take their training seriously. They are all either seeking jobs or looking to advance in their careers.

    Learning to spot code violations, how to determine what’s wrong with a heat pump and good customer service are just a few of the things students learn as they prepare for work in this highly sought after field.

    The course instructor, Kurt Ferguson, is serious about his job, too.

  • Toy run benefits children in need at Christmas

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts and local classic car clubs came together to have fun and provide Christmas presents for needy children Saturday, making their way from Shallotte to various parts of Brunswick County through cold weather.

    The event began and ended at Walmart in Shallotte, where the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office escorted drivers all over the county, collecting cards for poker hands and spreading goodwill.

  • Angels needed to aid Christmas tree shortfall

    The Angel Tree needs a miracle.

    Donna Phelps, founder of Building HOPE Ministries in Shallotte, said this week the ministry’s Angel Christmas Tree drive has come up short.

    Phelps said the names of 47 of 590 children the ministry plans to help this Christmas were not returned with donations of toys or gifts by deadline this past Monday, Dec. 14.

    “All needs have been met but 47 children that weren’t turned in,” Phelps said Tuesday. “It’s put me in a bind.”