Local News

  • Gause reflects on 35 years of service to hometown

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause spent the last 35 years on the protecting and serving his beloved hometown.

    In fact, it’s the only place he’s ever worked.

    Raised in a law enforcement family, Gause said he knew from an early age the career path he’d take.

    “I’ve always loved law enforcement in general, and from day one I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” he said.

  • Sunset Beach approves $5.6M budget for fiscal 2018

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much scrutiny and debate, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved a $5.6 million budget ordinance for fiscal 2017-18 with a few tweaks.

    Approval came at the end of council’s bimonthly meeting, which lasted more than three hours Monday night, June 5. The new budget, which takes effect July 1, calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Resident claims town won’t fix culvert because of lawsuit

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall disputes a claim by a resident that the town won’t fix a culvert behind her house because she filed a lawsuit against the town last year.

    Glenda Ward, who lives on Court 6 off Northwest Drive, said Mendenhall recently told her the culvert won’t be fixed because of the lawsuit she filed against the town in January 2016 seeking damages exceeding $25,000 after her home was flooded as Tropical Storm Joaquin descended over the region during the first weekend of October 2015.

  • Carolina Shores poised to adopt new budget, CIP

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is slated to adopt the town’s new budget as well as a capital improvement plan for fiscal 2017-18 at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 8.

    The proposed $2.1 million budget that takes effect July 1 calls for a neutral tax rate, plus a $50,000 cut in the wake of a state bill expected to reduce sales tax income.

  • Hepatitis B, C cases rise in North Carolina

    State health officials are encouraging North Carolinians to help stop the spread of hepatitis B and hepatitis C by getting tested and observing safe injection practices. Preliminary data show that between 2014 and 2016, new cases of hepatitis B increased by 56 percent and new cases of hepatitis C increased by 69 percent.

  • Duke Energy Progress seeks rate hikes

    Duke Energy Progress filing requests with the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC) to increase revenues by about $477 million, for an overall average rate increase across all customer classes of 14.9 percent. The utility serves portions of northern Brunswick County and operates the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant outside Southport.

  • SHIIP saves Medicare beneficiaries millions

    The efforts of Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) county coordinating sites helped North Carolina Medicare beneficiaries save more than $44 million in 2016, according to a news release from North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey.

    SHIIP, a division of the N.C. Department of Insurance, trains coordinators and volunteers at partnering agencies across the state to provide free, unbiased counseling about Medicare in their communities.

  • Coastal Ambassador volunteers sought

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation is hosting a Coastal Ambassador training June 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for those interested in serving as representatives of the federation at outreach events.

    At this training, participants will meet at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center at 309 W. Salisbury St. in Wrightsville Beach for a salt marsh field trip. They will help collect specimens for the weekly Touch Tank Tuesday program at the center, as well as learn more about the wildlife living in the waters around Wrightsville Beach.

  • ACS offers rides to treatments

    The American Cancer Society offers rides for patients to life-saving cancer treatments in the Brunswick County area. Volunteers are trained, ready and standing by to offer their services. Call (800) 227-2345 to speak to an ACS representative who can assist you.

    The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program is a curbside-to-curbside transportation service that provides free rides to cancer patients to and from treatments.

  • Leland tourism group seeks members

    Leland Town Council is seeking members to serve on the newly expanded Leland Tourism Development Authority (TDA). Those involved with businesses and entities engaged in the promotion of travel and tourism in the town of Leland are encouraged to apply.

    The TDA meets monthly and works to promote travel and tourism by advertising and marketing the town and activities therein to tourists and business travelers who may choose to visit Leland. Applications for the TDA will be accepted until June 10 for consideration by the town council at its regular June 15 meeting.