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Today's News

  • Groundbreaking for new First Bank location set for September

    Officials expect to break ground on the new First Bank location in Shallotte this September, and the building should take about six months to complete.

    According to First Bank City Executive Dave Kesterson, the company’s engineers are going through some last-minute revisions to the original plan to meet the town of Shallotte’s specifications.

    He said a new building on the 1-acre property off Whiteville Road would be a welcome change from the temporary location now in use on Main Street.

  • Economic development, job training in state budget

    Local economic development and job training officials are happy about the state’s 2010-2011 budget, which includes continued funding for a number of job creation opportunities in Brunswick County and the surrounding region.

  • St. Brendan to dedicate new sanctuary Sunday

    After three years of construction, St. Brendan Catholic Church on Ocean Highway in Shallotte will officially move into its new sanctuary starting with Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    That afternoon, at 2 p.m., the congregation and staff will dedicate the new 9,000 square-foot building, with seating for 1,100 people, with a special ceremony including a speech from Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh.

  • Holden Beach man saves vacationer’s life during water rescue

    HOLDEN BEACH—Retired firefighter Steve Greene thought he’d left his lifesaving days behind him when he moved here three years ago, but last Saturday put him back on the job—and many people are glad he was there.

    Greene and his wife Becky were spending time on the Holden Beach strand Saturday when Becky noticed something in the water.

    “I looked up and thought it was either a deflated raft or a person,” Steve Greene recalled.

    He immediately ran to check and found it was a person and she needed help.

  • Shallotte planners recommend more neighbor input on zoning changes

    The Shallotte Planning Board is recommending a change to the town’s rezoning regulations to give residents more input into zoning changes that affect their neighborhoods.

    At last week’s meeting, the board recommended adding a requirement to notify adjacent property owners of planning board meetings so they can voice their opinions before the issue goes to the board of aldermen.

    Town planner Allen Serkin explained that a group of residents on Hinson Street attended last month’s meeting to find out about a proposed rezoning in their neighborhood.

  • Hole in one?

    Grady Eyler, 3, of Haymarket, Va., teed off at River Country Miniature Golf on Ocean Isle Beach on a recent summer day. It was the family’s first stay on the beach, but Grady’s mother said it wouldn’t be the last.

  • Is NCIT project still on the state’s ‘to-do’ list?

    Is the proposed N.C. International Terminal project still in Brunswick County’s future?

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and six Brunswick County municipalities have expressed opposition to the 600-acre, deepwater terminal proposed for Southport, and the state legislature denied any funds to help pay for a feasibility study this year, leaving many to question whether the project has a future.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Kevin Vinson Scott, 22, of 1352 Sweetwater Lane S.W., Supply, with breaking and entering, possession of cocaine and vandalism. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $15,000 secured bond.

  • Season looking brighter for McCumbee

     Halfway through the ARCA Racing Series season, there is a brighter outlook for Chad McCumbee.

    McCumbee had a season-best sixth-place finish in an ARCA race Saturday in Mansfield, Ohio. And the next race—July 31 at Pocono Raceway—is where McCumbee has won in ARCA competition and has four top-four finishes in his career.

    McCumbee started 13th out of the 31 drivers who raced Saturday in the Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200. McCumbee finished one lap down in the 200-lap race on the one-half mile paved and banked track.

  • Former Calabash administrator makes plea deal

    BOLIVIA—Former Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb has been found guilty in a plea deal to one count of misdemeanor misrepresenting and falsifying documents to obtain employment.

    Cribb, 31, was sentenced Monday morning by Superior Court Judge Doug Sasser to 18 months probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine in addition to reimbursing state attorney’s fees of $4,350 for his court-appointed attorney and $256.50 court costs.