Today's News

  • Vote ‘yes’ on ballot to ban felons from serving as sheriffs

    This one is a no-brainer. 

    On Nov. 2, voters will be faced with some tough decisions when they select their elected officials—from the county commissioners chamber in Bolivia to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.

    There will also be a constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot, and we say it will be the easiest choice you’ll have to make that Tuesday. 

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 25, 26, 27 and 30 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 25

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny of a firearm on Driftwood Drive.

    •Teresa Ann McLean, 47, of Shallotte; charged with driving while impaired, driving left of center and driving while license revoked on Causeway Drive.

    •Matthew George Davis, 27, of Shallotte; charged with second-degree trespassing at Second Street Bar and Grill.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Justin Christopher Fedt, 25, of Supply; charged with driving while license revoked, possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Counterfeit currency at Walmart; suspect passed counterfeit $10 bill.

    •Vandalism at Shallotte Laundry; fire extinguisher sprayed in bathroom.

  • Sept. 11 documentaries important part of history

    In a few decades, it’s going to be one of the most asked questions of my generation—Where were you on 9/11?

    I was a senior in high school, getting ready for school on a late-start school day. The rest of the school was taking state-mandated tests from which the seniors were exempt. So I was at home, watching “The Golden Girls”—those who know me can testify my lifelong addiction to that show—when my mom called me from work and told me to turn on the news.

  • Local resident calls contract work in Iraq ‘experience of a lifetime’

    Sunset Beach resident Loretta Danielik had recently been laid off from her career in finance and was volunteering at the Museum of Coastal Carolina while waiting for her next opportunity to come along.

    While volunteering one day, she started a conversation with a man who had recently worked as a contractor in Iraq. No stranger to military life, the former Air Force veteran spent nearly 30 years in the military with her ex-husband, who was an Air Force pilot.

  • Tickets for annual Communities in School gala on sale

    Tickets for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc.’s ninth annual benefit gala for children are now on sale.

    This year’s gala, Some Enchanted Evening, will be from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Palm Court Tent at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach. Tickets are $100 each.

    Kimberly Bandera, Marketing and Events Director for CIS, said last year’s gala raised about $100,000—$14,000 of which was in scholarship donations. About 600 people attended last year’s event.

  • County, schools hope to finalize funding agreement by end of year

    It’s back to the drawing board for Brunswick County Schools and Brunswick County Commissioners, as they hope to create a new funding agreement by the end of the year.

    Officials from both sides decided to revisit the agreement earlier this year after initial disagreements regarding terms of the previous contract.

    “My real concern is the fact that we don’t have an agreement,” board of education member Scott Milligan said during a liaison meeting Tuesday. “As we sit here right now, there is no agreement.”

  • Carolina Shores board poised to reinstate banner rules

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have agreed to rescind a resolution suspending enforcement of a ban on commercial flags and banners.

    At a town workshop Tuesday, the town board agreed to have rescindment of the resolution, which it previously approved Aug. 5, on its consent agenda at its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 9.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said the rescindment is recommended by the town planning and zoning board, which at its Aug. 18 meeting scolded the town board for suspending commercial banners and flags enforcement.

  • Acquisition of 5-acre park site on Sunset Beach agenda Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council is scheduled to discuss potential acquisition of a 5-acre lot on the Intracoastal Waterway at its monthly meeting next Monday, Sept. 13.

    The discussion is listed under “new business” items on the agenda for the meeting that starts at 7 p.m.

    The topic has to do with an undeveloped 5.22-acre site behind Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant that is being eyed by the town for a future town park. The property owner, Tidal Ventures, owned by Greg Gore and Sammy Varnam, has offered the site to the town for $3.75 million.