Local News

  • Christmas in July

    SHALLOTTE—School just got out, but one local organization has already started preparing for back to school in August.

    Brunswick Family Assistance, whose mission is to improve the lives of families and individuals in crisis in Brunswick County, holds an annual Christmas in July fundraiser.

    “Christmas in July is designed to help get the children ready for the first day of school in the fall,” said Carol Phelps, executive director.

  • Terminal groin bill becomes law

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—More than 30 years ago, one of the island’s first residents and now-mayor Debbie Smith bought a fourth-row beach house on the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The house is long gone, as is the row of houses on which it sat. The house was moved; the street was swallowed into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Over the years, more rows of house went—some moved off the island, two of which also fell victim to the ocean.

    What was then fourth row is now oceanfront.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested two people for impaired driving last week.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 20-26, ACE deputies issued 81 total arrests and citations, including nine driving while impaired charges and 13 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Governor vetoes Voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed House Bill 531, An Act to Restore Confidence in Government, which requires a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Perdue vetoed the measure last week, which was approved in the General Assembly on June 16.

    Republican legislators have indicated they plan to seek a veto override, which requires a three-fifths majority, when they reconvene in mid-July.

    With five Democrats who crossed the aisle, Republicans were able to override Perdue’s budget veto earlier this month.

  • Bringing end of life care closer to home

    SUPPLY—Coping with the end-of-life journey is a difficult road to go alone, and that is why one organization exists in Brunswick County.

    The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a non-profit organization, currently serves patients in a five-county area and has been serving Brunswick County for 30 years.

    Patients from Brunswick County must travel to Wilmington or Whiteville for in-patient care centers, but that is changing.

  • Shallotte passes budget


    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have adopted a revenue-neutral budget with a 35-cent tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

    The average decrease in property values in Shallotte was approximately 23.7 percent and 29 percent for all of Brunswick County.

  • Drivers beware: New traffic pattern, again

    SHALLOTTE—The traffic barrels and cones won’t be gone by the holiday weekend, but traffic will be cruising in a new traffic pattern.

    In what is being called by North Carolina Department of Transportation officials as the “final traffic pattern,” traffic in Shallotte will once again be navigating new terrain. The new portion of the Smith Avenue Extension connecting Smith Avenue to N.C. 130 will officially open late Thursday evening/early Friday morning and be ready for the holiday weekend.

  • 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.

    •Michael Dean Wilson, 55, of 3075 Canna Place, Shallotte, was charged with stealing pet flea medication from Walmart.

  • Owner desperate for return of lost dog

    Connie Hare is hoping someone has seen Riley, her beloved boxer/pit bull dog who disappeared from her yard near Hickmans Crossroads last Wednesday.

    “I’m her mother,” Hare said Tuesday. “It has been so hard without my baby. I just want her home.”

    Hare and her fiancé, Ken Bellamy, have been scouring the woods and countryside near their home on Highway 57 ever since Riley left the yard. Hare said it was out of character for Riley, who preferred to stay in the house, to do that.

  • Sunset Beach council adopts new budget for 2011-2012

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council officially adopted a $5.8 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, which takes effect this coming Friday, July 1, and calls for a 10.5-cent ad valorem tax rate per $100 of valuation.

    According to a statement and figures issued by town budget officer Donna Rogers, the revenue-neutral rate for the town would be 12.5 cents based on general property reappraisal for the town. The rate that was adopted represents an increase from the property tax rate of 9 cents for fiscal year 2010-2011.