Local News

  • Large sinkhole swallows car

     SHALLOTTE­—It was a rainy September morning when David Friend left his home on Loblolly Drive for work. It was still dark outside.

    He was less than three blocks from his home when the unexpected happened.

    The road below his vehicle disappeared.

    Instead of driving on pavement, Friend and his vehicle were submerged in a sinkhole large enough to swallow his car. When he attempted to exit the vehicle, the water in the hole was so deep he could not reach the bottom.

  • Get ready to rumble

     CIVIETOWN—The fire trucks will be taken out of the building Saturday to make way for wrestling.

    The Dirty South Reunion Wrestling Show is coming to the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department this weekend. The event is a fundraiser for the fire department.

    “These charity events are key to our existence,” said Fire Chief Mark Hewett.

  • Business owners: Reopen the road



    SHALLOTTE—A group of local business owners who feel cut off by the Smith Avenue Extension project are joining forces with the goal of reopening a portion of the road.

    Since the opening of the new road, traffic on the old N.C. 130/Holden Beach Road has slowed. Business owners along this corridor say it is killing their business.

  • Bolivia man arrested for stealing gas for more than a year



    SHALLOTTE—The Shallotte Police Department has closed a case involving a former employee stealing from a company for more than a year.

    According to detective Jeremy Humphries, Coastal Machine and Welding reported financial card fraud to the police department Sept. 8. As the company reviewed invoices, they discovered a fuel card issued to a former employee was continuing to be used.

    “The case was initially financial card fraud but it is actually obtaining property by false pretense,” Humphries said.

  • Childhood dreams

     My childhood dreams are coming to an end.

    As a child, I dreamed of walking into a bookstore, a grocery store, a pharmacy or a library and seeing there on the shelves among the other New York Times bestsellers a novel written by author Rachel N. Johnson. (Rachel Johnson is already taken by a British novelist.)

  • 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 keys at the Shallotte Laundry Center; someone took victim’s keys.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny at Timbercraft Inc. on Whiteville Road; suspect cut wire fencing and stole cinder blocks.

    •Larceny at Walmart; suspect took items without paying. Items include DVDs and PlayStation accessories and games.

  • Movie-makers starring at planetarium

    Filmmakers are scheduled to be in Sunset Beach this week.

    Susan Silk, marketing coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, said a film company is supposed to be at the planetarium in Sunset Beach this Wednesday, Sept. 28.

    Hallmark Hall of Fame is producing a made-for-TV movie to air via ABC-TV in January, according to Silk.

  • Sunset gets set for Sunset at Sunset Saturday

    Vendors and music will once again collide when the fifth annual Sunset at Sunset festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include more than 100 vendors, crafters, food booths and nonprofit groups, and three bands are slated to perform.

    Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

    It’s a day, said Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein, to offer residents and visitors a chance to come together as the busy tourist season draws to a close.

  • Sea Trail files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Sunset Beach’s crown-jewel mainland resort is about $18 million in debt owed about 100 creditors, according to New Bern attorney Trawick “Buzzy” Stubbs, who is representing Sea Trail in the action filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington.

  • Fisherman snags medal for saving swimmer

    A fisherman with ties to Brunswick County has been bestowed a national award for his heroic efforts rescuing a swimmer from the Atlantic Ocean last year in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    C.P. Parker, a superintendent for Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was recently notified he is among 25 recipients of a Carnegie Hero Medal for his rescue Aug. 14, 2010, of a man who was being swept out to sea in the Cherry Grove Inlet.