Local News

  • Holden Beach Town Hall construction project ahead of schedule

    Construction on the new Holden Beach Town Hall/Police Department is ahead of schedule, town manager David Hewett said in an interview after the town meeting Tuesday night.

    The building is supposed to be completed by Jan. 9, 2009, he said.

    As of May 13, the town had spent $410,580 so far on the town hall/police department, Hewett told Holden Beach commissioners during the meeting.

    Jim Stewart, of Stewart Cooper Newell Architects, also updated the board on the building, noting several changes have been requested.

  • Memorial Day observed in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—Those who lost their lives in war were remembered here Monday during the VFW Post 8866 annual ceremony.

    Post and auxiliary members placed flowers on a memorial wreath, honoring their memories, and guest speakers Anita Hartsell and Howie Franklin paid tribute to their sacrifices while also honoring the veterans who attended the ceremony.

    “You are the cornerstone of our country,” Franklin said.

  • Audio history tours of Ocean Isle available

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In just 59 minutes, you can take a tour of Ocean Isle Beach and learn of the island’s history dating back to 10,000 B.C.

    Fred David, an Ocean Isle Beach resident and professor of management at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., has just released the “Driving Tour of the History of Ocean Isle Beach.”

    Just insert the 59-minute CD into your car player and start driving past years of history.

    David had the idea to create a driving tour after he and his wife took one in Jamaica last year.

  • Eagle Scout restores historic cemetery

    SHALLOTTE—Just a year-and-a-half ago, weeds covered the broken stones that mark the final resting places of several local residents for the last 150 years, including the first mayor of Shallotte.

    But a conscientious local Boy Scout took on its renovations for his Eagle Scout project. He has saved the small cemetery, which is behind several downtown Main Street buildings, from oblivion and abandonment.

  • Shallotte pays tribute to fallen soldiers at Memorial Day Service

    The bell tolled 49 times Sunday afternoon—each chime representing a name of a fallen Brunswick County soldier.

    From World War II to the recent global war on terror, names of the fallen soldiers who once called Brunswick County home were remembered Sunday in a somber ceremony in Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens.

    The ceremony began with members of the West Brunswick High School JROTC raising the flag, followed by a traditional playing of “Taps,” and a gun salute by the Marine Corps League Honor Guard, detachment 1036 of Calabash.

  • Shallotte aldermen discussing 2009 budget

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are discussing a possible budget for fiscal year 2008-2009 that would hold the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    The proposed budget includes slightly less revenue than the current year, but still in the neighborhood of $4.1 million, while expenditures are expected to increase nearly 2 percent.

    The board met last Wednesday to discuss the proposal and was scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. May 28 for another budget session.

  • Shallotte OKs Walgreens building design

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved the designs for a Walgreens, planned for the old Jones store location. Tuesday night they gave developers directions toward improving the area’s loading dock for public safety and the parking lot for esthetics.

    The board met at its pre-agenda meeting Tuesday in the newly refurbished council chambers across from town hall and approved the planned building group design for the new store.

  • Four county players to play in state games

    The N.C. State Games showcase the best amateur athletic talent in the state, and this year that will include three baseball players from West Brunswick High School.

    Trojan catcher Josh Powell and infielders Wally and Pat Kamfolt will play for the Region 2 team.

    “You can only have three (rising senior) players from one high school on that team,” West Brunswick High School coach Mike Alderson said.

    North Brunswick catcher Dakota Irwin also is on the team.

  • Sheriff Ingram names Miller chief deputy

    A new face was among the crowd of sheriff’s deputies sworn in Friday morning by District Judge Marion Warren.

    After taking his oath of office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had a meeting with his staff to announce the new chief deputy, Charlie Miller.

    Miller, who has been serving on the Brunswick County Board of Education since being elected in 2006, previously worked for the sheriff’s office before running his own business.

    “This is my full-time job now,” he said Friday, his first day on the job.

  • Bradshaw murder suspect's criminal history spans more than 12 years

    Craig Bryant, one of two suspects charged with the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has a lengthy criminal history spanning more than 12 years in two states, including an attempted murder charge.

    Bryant, 46, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, both of 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, were arrested May 8 for their alleged roles in Bradshaw’s murder.

    Bryant has been charged with murder and Moultrie has been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy.

    Both suspects remain in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on no bond.