Local News

  • Brunswick County in need of rain

     BRUNSWICK COUNTY—For some residents in Brunswick County a drought means more than brown grass, burning bans and reduced irrigation—it means total disaster.

    “We plant with faith,” said Mary Earp of Funston Farms in Winnabow. “There are so many things beyond our control.”

    Mary and Wilbur Earp were both born and raised on farms in Brunswick County. Mary’s ancestors have been farming in the area since the 1700s. She has been able to trace a sale of a cow from one of her female ancestors back to the Revolutionary War.

  • From lives of abuse to the lap of luxury

     CALABASH—Bred for racing, greyhounds often find themselves retired by the age of 3 and being shipped off to start new lives.

    They arrive never having seen stairs or a window, a door or glass. They are confused to live outside of their crates. They also arrive with tattoos inside each of their ears.

    “As puppies they are tattooed with their date of birth on the inside of their right ear and their race number on the inside of their left ear,” said Alice Bossert, greyhound owner and foster parent.

  • Moultrie pleads guilty to 2008 murder of Shallotte Realtor

    BOLIVIA—More than three years after the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, one of two defendants charged with his murder has pleaded guilty.

    On Thursday, July 14, in Brunswick County Superior Court, Lora Moultrie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of Bradshaw. Moultrie also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

    A third charge, robbery with a dangerous weapon, was dismissed.

  • July 22 is Town Hall Day in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will observe its fourth annual Town Hall Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 22.

    State Sen. Bill Rabon will take part as will new Calabash Town Administrator Charles Nance.

    Local elected officials will be present, and there will be food, games and prizes.

    For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

  • Sunset Beach to review garbage, parking violations July 19

    Garbage and parking violations are on Sunset Beach Town Council’s agenda for its next monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 19.

    Other items of business include a solar compactor demonstration and discussion, pay plan adjustments, beach patrol reserve officers, a Wildlife Resources Commission agreement, underground wiring, consideration of an annexation resolution, and VIPER radio questions.

    At the start of the session, council is scheduled to interview candidate Bob Tone for a vacancy on the town planning board.

  • Sunset Beach residents file lawsuit over bridgework damages

    Sunset Beach residents have filed a lawsuit for damages they claim were caused to their home by construction of the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge.

    Colie L. Dooley Jr., his wife Frances Dooley, Alicia Schoonmaker and Colie L. Dooley III are listed as plaintiffs in the suit filed against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, state transportation secretary Eugene A. Conti and English Construction Co.

  • Proposed park still considered in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Proposed ideas for a future town “serenity” park will be reviewed by a town committee that launched the idea.

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners voted last week to return a consultant’s proposed ideas to the town communications advisory committee for consideration.

    “It’s up to the communications committee,” Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said at the July 7 town commissioners meeting, as to whether the committee favors such a park and to make recommendations to town commissioners.

  • Long road to recovery for motorcycle wreck victim

     SHALLOTTE—The night of Tuesday, May 31, is one Robin (Chris) Taylor can’t remember but his body will never let him forget.

    Taylor can’t remember anything for a few days before and a week after May 31. He only recalls what he has been told and what the police reports say happened to him.

    “I don’t remember anything from a couple of days before to one week later,” Taylor said from the front porch of his Shallotte home. “I couldn’t even remember if I had gone to work that day.”

  • Town decides to pursue a terminal groin



    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners agreed Tuesday it is in the town’s best interest to take necessary steps to position the town in alignment with state requirements to pursue a terminal groin.

    In June Senate Bill 110 became law, permitting up to four terminal groins along North Carolina’s coast.

    Prior to Senate Bill 110, there was a nearly 30-year ban on hardened structures along North Carolina’s beaches.

  • 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.

    •Strong-armed robbery in the parking lot of Thomas Drugs on Main Street; suspect took victim’s prescription medication as she walked out of the store with it. There was a verbal and physical altercation.

    •Gildardo V. Ruiz, 22, of 4722 Four Season Way, Ash, was arrested for resisting arrest; suspect was stopped for a DWI investigation and fled on foot.