Local News

  • St. James hears from residents of area planned for annexation

    SUPPLY—Residents of the Midway Road area say they don’t have anything against the residents of St. James—they just don’t want to be forced to live there.

    That was the consensus of speakers at Monday night’s public hearing on the town of St. James’ attempt to annex properties on Midway Road and across from Arbor Creek on N.C. 211. The hearing was in the events center at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Drug agents seize 158 marijuana plants

    SHALLOTTE—An afternoon fly-by eradication operation led to the seizure of 158 marijuana plants—some reaching 8-10 feet tall.

    During a joint eradication operation with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the State Highway Patrol Monday afternoon, a highway patrol helicopter spotted marijuana plants growing in a Shallotte backyard.

  • Bonds granted for murder suspects

    Bonds have been set for murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie.

    According to District Attorney Rex Gore, Bryant and Moultrie, who are both in custody awaiting trial for the April 27, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, were given bonds because it will be prosecuted as a non-capital case.

    Superior Court Judge Frank Floyd set Bryant’s bond at $310,000, while Moultrie was later given a $200,000 bond.

    At press time Tuesday, both suspects were in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    After four months, multiple drafts and several trips to different House and Senate committees, House Bill 1305 passed in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    The bill, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, now moves to the governor’s mansion, where it awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

  • Shallotte planners recommend regulation of Internet sweepstakes businesses

    Shallotte town employees are getting more than their share of requests from would-be entrepreneurs seeking to open Internet gaming businesses in town.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, town planner Allen Serkin and alderman John Kinlaw urged board members to recommend regulations for the businesses, including definitions, conditional uses and other restrictions so the town can have a place to start.

  • Board rates superintendent 'unsatisfactory' in most areas on evaluation

    Despite being named regional superintendent of the year, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was given “mostly unsatisfactory” marks on her evaluation, completed by the Brunswick County Board of Education Tuesday night.

    “The ranges were unsatisfactory to a little above average on a few things,” McGee said Tuesday night. “I’m really distraught. It’s the best school year we’ve ever had in all directions.”

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 indicted Wednesday for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    According to the district attorney’s office out of Queens County, investigators executed search warrants Wednesday morning and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive, Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    He is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as an “agent” in the operation.

  • N.C. 'sales-tax holiday' this weekend

    Local retailers are gearing up for North Carolina’s sales tax holiday, set for Aug. 7-9, during which clothes and computers are among the hot items for back-to-school shopping.

    During the weekend, shoppers will not pay sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item, computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

  • Inlet View opens on Shallotte River

    Fresh, local seafood with a view of the river—that’s what the owners of the newly opened Inlet View Bar and Grill at Shallotte Point had in mind when they built the two-story restaurant that opened last week.

    And that’s just what they’re serving.

    On a typical afternoon around lunchtime, diners can find owner Samantha Hughes in the kitchen heading shrimp, making slaw or just making sure the restaurant has everything ready for the lunch crowd.

  • Low bidder doesn't qualify for bond; town delays vote

    A week after declaring ECI, Eastern Contractors Inc., of Little River, S.C., the low bidder to construct additions and renovations to town hall, Shallotte aldermen learned the company does not qualify for a performance bond.

    Town administrator Paul Sabiston informed the board at Tuesday night’s meeting he received a call from an ECI official stating the contractor was not eligible to receive a performance bond from a bonding company.