Local News

  • The ice is thawing… Busy 2011 predicted

    Allen Serkin, town planner shared good news to with the Shallotte Board of Aldermen during their February meeting Tuesday.

  • Community helps plan Waccamaw Blue Trail

    A blue trail along the Waccamaw River is an idea in its beginning stages, and residents of Brunswick and Columbus counties are invited to help make the plans.

    “The idea has been formulating over the last couple of years,” Melinda Johnson, marketing and community events coordinator for Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, said at a meeting Jan. 27 at the Waccamaw Community building in Ash.

    “We need your feedback, concerns, ideas and questions.”

  • More eyes and ears stop crime

    The more eyes and ears on the lookout for crime, the safer the streets of your neighborhood.

    Each month an organization of concerned citizens from all over the county meets in Shallotte to discuss what is happening in their neighborhoods with officers from the crime prevention team of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The group, called Brunswick County Community Watch, has been in existence since the late 1970s.

    On Monday, board members met two newly assigned deputies: First Sgt. Thomas Tolley and Sgt. Bert Reaves.

  • Sand Dollar Games

    Over the last few weekends, I finally spent time doing exactly what I missed for the last three years—combing the beach for treasures.

    Having two weekends in a row with absolutely nothing planned was the most exciting thing that could have happened to this girl. Ever since September, my life has been on the constant go.

    My neighbor has been showing me for the last three months all of the beautiful sand dollars she finds on Sunset Beach. I just didn’t think it was possible to actually find that many whole sand dollars.

  • 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.

    •Shamarie Demaric James, 24, of 4912-1 Dream Weaver Court, Southport, was arrested on one count of felony credit card fraud, four counts of misdemeanor credit card fraud and one count of larceny of financial credit card. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

  • ‘Taco Bell Coming Soon’ should read ‘permits coming soon’

    Work began this week on Shallotte’s soon to be newest fast food destination—Taco Bell.

    The new restaurant will be located on Main Street between Andy’s of Shallotte and U.S. 17, in front of Birch Pond Apartments.

    As of Tuesday morning, Ben Goetz, vice president of development at Family Foods, said the project was still waiting on one final permit to arrive in the mail—a permit he has been waiting on since November.

  • Museum foundation welcomes new director

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A new executive director for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is on the job.

    Dottie David-Wilson began working as the new director on Jan. 13.

    “We are excited to have found such a well-qualified professional with a strong background in business administration, non-profit organization leadership and management,” Jerry Thrift, chairperson of the board of trustees, said in a press release.

  • Waterway dredging under way in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Waterway dredging is under way in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said dredging of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway began last week. The project is scheduled for completion by Feb. 26.

    Information on the town’s website stated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the dredging contract to Cottrell Contracting Inc.

  • Board members update personnel reduction policy

    BOLIVIA—As the Brunswick County school system faces an estimated $10 million deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, members of the board of education have begun to discuss details if a personnel reduction were necessary.

    The school system has yet to implement a personnel reduction though there have been several consecutive years of budget cuts. Anticipating another challenging year, board members adopted updates to Policy No.7920—professional personnel reduction in force—at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

  • Band teacher charged with sexting a student turns in resignation, teaching license

    BOLIVIA—The North Brunswick High School band teacher arrested for sending sexually explicit text messages has resigned and voluntarily agreed to surrender his teaching license.

    Mark Riel, 37, turned in his resignation Tuesday, board chairperson Shirley Babson said following a board meeting Tuesday night. Babson said Riel submitted his resignation and surrendered his teaching license “acknowledging the pending criminal charges against him.”