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  • 'Summer Series in the Park' kicks off Thursday evening in Shallotte

    Shallotte alderman Walt Eccard has a vision for Shallotte. He hopes it will become a place where neighbors gather and spend time together.

    As an alderman and chair of the Downtown Shallotte Development Authority, Eccard, along with other town leaders and community volunteers, has been working to make that dream a reality.

    With a farmers’ market operational and growing, other time has been focused on generating community and business support for a 10-year vision plan for downtown Shallotte.

  • Realtors upset about Sea Trail ban on signs

    SUNSET BEACH—Real estate signs dotting the landscape at Sea Trail may soon be a thing of the past if the Sea Trail Masters Association has its way.

    But a group of real estate agents and property owners who met Monday at a Sea Trail clubhouse claimed the association’s recent mandate banning signs, effective this Friday, May 23, is discriminatory.

    “It’s very difficult to show property in a community that doesn’t allow signs,” said Sarah Lane, speaking at the gathering attended by about a dozen people at Maples Activity Center.

  • Trojans oust defending state champs in first-round playoff game

    Alfred Hitchcock would have loved this.

    The setting had everything “the master of suspense” ever wanted.

    Two outs. Bottom of the last inning. Defending state champs in the field. Game tied. Runner on second. Last guy in the lineup steps to the plate.

    Seth Roberts hit the ball into no-man’s land between the first baseman and right fielder to drive home Blain Turner and lift West Brunswick to a 9-8 win over C.B. Aycock in the second round of the 3A state baseball tournament.

  • Lady Trojans perform well during first round of state playoffs

    It was a nearly flawless performance for the West Brunswick Lady Trojans in the first round of the Class 3A state softball playoffs May 13.

    Heather Carter threw a one-hitter and Carly White hit a three-run home run as the Trojans routed the Havelock Rams 8-0.

    “Can’t say enough about how they performed,” West Brunswick coach Joe Noble said.

    Carter gave up one hit, and that was an infield hit on a close play at first base in the sixth inning. She walked the first batter she faced and only one more the rest of the game. She struck out six.

  • Trojans finish 12th at state track meet

    Four West Brunswick track athletes left the Class 3A state meet with no medals but with plenty of confidence for next season.

    The only individual Trojan competitor was Josh Johnson, who finished 12th in the 100-meter dash in 11.44 seconds.

    “While Josh did not have his best time at the state meet,” coach Yogi Hickman said, “he has really accomplished a great deal this year. I never thought it would be possible for him to qualify for this meet back in March, when he couldn’t even run without a significant limp.”

  • UPDATETwo suspects charged with Calabash drive-by shooting

    Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Calabash man.

    Matthew Lee Baber, 25, of 7143 Channel I, Sunset Beach, and Norman Elliot Simmons, 23, of 6501 Kingtown Road, Ash, have been charged with the murder of James Allen Murdock.

    Police found Murdock in a car on Pineclair Drive near Calabash just before 10 p.m. May 8—dead from an apparent drive-by shooting.

    Although investigators believed it was a drive-by shooting, sheriff’s office Lt. Sam Davis said it was not a random shooting—Murdock was the apparent target.

  • Bluegrass concert to kick off Shallotte Memorial Day weekend

    The Mostly Bluegrass Society will sponsor a daylong concert and jam session in observance of Memorial Day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24, behind Carolina Flooring Center on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The event will feature performances from The Wells Family, Hagar’s Mountain Boys, and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, all North Carolina bluegrass bands.

    Everyone is welcome to bring their instruments and play in the jamming area, organizers said.

  • UPDATE Shallotte residents view preliminary vision plan

    SHALLOTTE—A pedestrian-friendly downtown with attractive signs, tree-lined streets and riverfront development including a public riverwalk could be in the town’s future if the vision plan presented Thursday night becomes a reality.

    About 30 residents and town officials gathered at Shallotte Middle School to get a glimpse of consultant Allison Platt’s preliminary 10-year vision plan for the town, complete with drawings of an expanded waterfront area off Cheers Street, new streets, a riverwalk and a mix of commercial and residential development.

  • Sloan files grievance with state Democratic Party

    Willie Sloan, who had the second-highest number of votes for the sheriff’s nomination last Saturday, has filed a grievance with the state Democratic Party.

    John Ingram was named the nominee after defeating Sloan by 13.5 votes.

    Sloan filed a grievance with the state Democratic Party Friday, saying the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee violated state party rules.

    N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Meek said Sloan alleges four of the people who voted in Saturday’s election also serve as elections officials at polling locations.

  • UPDATEFour suspects charged with area break-in

    Four suspects were arrested Thursday, charged with the early-morning break-in at the Provision Co. restaurant near Holden Beach.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, an employee noticed a broken window, damaged items and a stolen flat-screen TV when the employee went to work and reported the break-in.

    Sheriff’s deputies conducting surveillance in the area noticed the suspects loading the TV in the back of the car.