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Today's News

  • Final member of the dirty dozen retires

    Sergeant Ricky E. King entered retirement by being awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his years of dedicated service to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

    Sergeant King began his career with the highway patrol on September 2, 1982. He officially retired on March 1 after 28 and a half years of service.

    “It is truly an honor and a privilege to be able to come together to honor Ricky,” said First Sergeant Troy Pope. “It is amazing a man can get through a career like this in the Highway Patrol without any major incidents.”

  • Going once, going twice, gone to the highest bidder

    SHALLOTTE—There is a new business in town where fast-talking is the norm.

    Crow’s Nest Auction House and Treasure Mall opened last week at 4606 E. Main St. in the Confederate Rose building.

    Auctioneer Kent Calvin Ward is the owner, and he hosts two weekly auctions. Auctions are on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 6:30. Attendees are asked to arrive around 6 p.m. in order to register for bidding. Auctions are held out back in the crow’s nest (red barn) that has been transformed into an auction barn.

  • Economic Development Commission announces two industry expansions in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Late last week, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) announced two industry expansions in the county.

    Glycotech, a biotech company, and CATTS, an electronics recycling business, confirmed plans to expand in Brunswick County in 2011.

  • 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 investigation reports.

    •Devin Bruce Roberts, 22, of 2137 Trout Avenue, Supply, was arrested for failure to appear for possession of marijuana. Roberts was arrested while being investigated for misdemeanor larceny at Walmart when an active warrant for failure to appear was discovered. A citation was issued for the larceny, and Roberts was arrested.

  • Honoring a leader

    Last week the town received news no one wanted to hear—Mayor Buddy Kelly passed away.

    “It is with deep sadness that the town has lost our Mayor Donald C. ‘Buddy’ Kelly.” “Mayor Kelly died on March 2, 2011,” town officials wrote in a press release Thursday. “He was well respected in the community and well thought of by the board and staff. He was not only our mayor, but our friend.”

  • Free at last

  • Sunset Beach streetscape committee meeting Friday

    Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday, March 11, at town hall council chambers to review the streetscape committee report and discuss other areas within town limits requiring landscaping.

    Town council may take action during this special meeting.

  • Carolina Shores retreat set for March 21

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett got acclimated to his first town commissioners workshop Monday by announcing an upcoming retreat.

    Hargett said Chris May, executive director with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, has agreed to facilitate the retreat tentatively proposed for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 21. The location has not yet been determined.

    Hargett said the board will discuss roles and responsibilities and can submit ideas on “what you see the town of Carolina Shores being in the present and future.”

  • Bus tour of Sunset Beach brings new parking rules

    Bumping along on a bus on unpaved roads with town council isn’t anyone’s idea of a thrill ride. At least not mine.

    And if it were thrilling, it probably wouldn’t be allowed, because amusement rides aren’t part of the Sunset Beach island landscape.

    But council wanted to take a closer look at the parking sites it was about to prohibit. Hence, as part of a specially called meeting with the council-appointed beach parking committee on the morning of Feb. 18, members boarded a Sea Trail shuttle bus and headed for the island.

  • Bill proposing terminal groins backed by local support

    North Carolina is one of two states in the nation that does not allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices, but local officials are hoping that will soon change.

    Senate Bill 110, introduced Feb. 24, would permit the currently banned structures.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, is one of the bill’s primary sponsors. Protecting the coastline is an issue that affects the entire state, not just beach communities, he said.