Local News

  • Storm's arrival coincides with another big event for Shallotte couple

    A little more than eight months pregnant in September of 1999, Susan Rutter of Shallotte was not due to have her baby until Oct. 2.

    The arrival of Hurricane Floyd, however, must have changed all that, because the day after the storm wreaked havoc on the Brunswick County coast, the baby wasn’t going to wait.

    The morning of Sept. 18, after Floyd moved through the county, Rutter went into labor.

  • Students give warm welcome to Team Hope for the Warriors

    SUPPLY—Nearly 700 cheering and clapping students greeted Team Hope for the Warriors at the entrance to Virginia Williamson Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

    As part of the team’s 9/11 Hope Ride, the warriors stopped by the school before heading to a luncheon at Winding River Plantation. The 9/11 Hope Ride began last Wednesday at Camp Lejeune and ended Saturday in Oak Island.

  • Businessman lobbying for changes to Main Street bridge

    Watching Hurricane Floyd result in flooding like he’d never seen before—causing more than $1 million in damage to his family’s business on Main Street—has made Al Milliken of Shallotte Electric Stores that much more wary of possible flooding in downtown Shallotte.

    His family’s company realized the importance of having flood insurance after Hurricane Floyd dumped 16 inches of rain in Shallotte and flooded several roads and damaged the store.

  • Unemployment down slightly in Brunswick due to summer employment

    Brunswick was one of 59 North Carolina counties in which the unemployment rate dropped in July.

    In Brunswick County’s case, the decrease was minimal, from 11 percent to 10.8 percent, which was also the rate for May, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission (ESC).

    In the most recent report from the ESC, commission chairman Moses Carey Jr. called July employment growth in many of the N.C. counties “modest.”

  • July home sales up over last year but down from June

    Brunswick County Realtors sold 204 homes during July, up from 195 last year but down from 214 last month, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors’ latest report.

    The average price of a home sold increased over last year, from $233,847 to $248,832, the NCAR report states.

    Local Realtors say they are seeing a better summer than winter and are looking forward to the market rebounding.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life to be considered for parole

    A little more than 24 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    But, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission, Stamper could be paroled if he completes the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

    Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder in July 1985 for a February 1985 murder where he stabbed the victim 12 times, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The murder took place on 38th Street in what was then Long Beach.

  • DA clears deputy in fatal shooting

    District Attorney Rex Gore has cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee in the Sept. 6 fatal shooting of 49-year-old Alton Walters.

    “Based on the facts as presented and the law relating to an officer’s right to use deadly force, I am satisfied that Deputy Hardee acted within the constraints of the law,” Gore said in a press release.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, remains on paid administrative duty.

  • North Carolina ACT average higher than nation

    On average, North Carolina students scored higher than other ACT test-takers across the nation.

    Out if a possible score of 36, students in the Tar Heel state averaged a composite score of 21.6, slightly above the national average of 21.1 during the 2009 testing season.

    Of the four subject areas, North Carolina students scored the highest in math, averaging a 22. Other subject areas included a 21.9 average in reading, 21.1 in science, and 20.9 in English.

  • Council approves pursuit of property purchase for park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Mayor Ronald Klein cast a tie-breaking vote Monday to enable the town to proceed with negotiations to buy a five-acre waterway site for a future park with an asking price of $5.5 million.

    Following lengthy discussion and debate, town councilmen Len Steiner and Bob Bobinski voted in favor of the measure while councilmen Lou DeVita and Wilson Sherrill voted against it.

  • Signage, speed concerns at new schools being reviewed by DOT

    While Brunswick County school officials admit they have had numerous calls from parents regarding the safety of two new school entrances, there is little the district can do.

    According to Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning, Stanley Road and U.S. 17, the roads that feed into Cedar Grove Middle School and Town Creek Elementary School, are both owned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and require approval before any changes or additions can be made.