Today's News

  • Man gets life for killing his cousin

    A 19-year old Supply man has been found guilty of the 2006 murder of his cousin. He now faces life in prison.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Gregory Demontrey Simmons to life in prison after a jury found Simmons guilty of first-degree murder.

    In May 2006, Simmons was charged with the first-degree murder of his cousin, 23-year-old Alfred Louis Scott, also of Supply.

    According to assistant district attorney Brooke Leland, Scott was shot four times with a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver. Scott was pronounced dead in his backyard.

  • Schools honor top teachers

    As Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was reading a background and biography of the teacher chosen as the 2008 Teacher of the Year, tears began to form in Michelle Bennett’s eyes.

    “I knew from the first couple of lines that she said; I just couldn’t believe she was talking about me,” Bennett said.

    But McGee was. She was introducing the Shallotte Middle School teacher as the 2008 Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, the “best of the best,” McGee said.

  • Shallotte Middle School students have remembrance for Priddy

    With tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces, Shallotte Middle School students gathered Tuesday to remember and celebrate the life of Andrew Julian Priddy.

    Andrew, who was 13 and about to enter the eighth grade at SMS, died unexpectedly June 19, 2007.

    Andrew was a regular kid who loved spending time with his friends, making people laugh and enjoying life, his mother Amy said.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners appoint committee members

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners reshaped the town’s roster of non-mandated committees at their board meeting last week.

    But not all board members were pleased with the committees’ overhaul. The committee nominations were approved 4 votes to 1 vote, with commissioner Gary Staley casting the lone dissenting vote against the changes.

    Staley has argued at previous board meetings the board should discuss the committee appointments at a workshop rather than as a single agenda item.

  • First draft vision plan for Shallotte to be unveiled May 15

    SHALLOTTE—Local developer Buddy Milliken remembers riding his bike along Main Street as a kid and running a sno-cone stand where Hardee’s now is.

    He says he’s excited about what he’s seen so far of the new vision plan for Shallotte, particularly the plans to create a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere near the river.

    “I think it’s a really good initiative for the town,” Milliken said recently. “I think there’s a lot of benefit for everybody to revive the riverfront and the center of downtown.”

  • Bluegrass concert to kick off Shallotte Memorial Day weekend

    The Mostly Bluegrass Society will sponsor a daylong concert and jam session event in observance of Memorial Day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24, behind Carolina Flooring Center on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The event will feature performances from The Wells Family, Hagar’s Mountain Boys, and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, all North Carolina bluegrass bands.

    Everyone is welcome to bring their instruments and play in the jamming area, organizers said.

  • Open house addresses future sewer in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Residents got a chance to ask questions about future sewer service from Brunswick County at an April 24 open house.

    Several complained they still aren’t being told how much it’s going to cost, though officials offered a ballpark figure of between $7,000 and $10,000.

    “I learned that we’re getting screwed,” Oyster Point resident Charlie Nern said as he stood at a table where Brunswick County public utilities director Jerry Pierce answered residents’ questions.

  • If you're ready for change, it's time to get out and vote

    There’s been a whole lot going on in Brunswick County since I moved here just more than a year ago.

    Our community has had some big news headlines. Among them are a teacher who married a student and the sheriff being forced out of office after being indicted on four charges.

    We also had a school board member who faced a now-repealed domestic violence protection order after being accused of making threats to a Brunswick County Schools employee—a woman he had an admitted affair with.

  • Gas prices, cost of living make life difficult for working people

    A survey recently conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation found the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline is the No. 1 “economic woe” facing families in the United States.

    The survey, which was meant to measure how changes in the economy have affected everyday life, showed 44 percent of participants said paying for gas is “a serious problem.”

  • What will 'change' candidates really do for us?

    OK, so Election Day is upon us again, and I can’t help but think, “here we go again.”

    I have to admit, I have a more acute sense about elections and issues than I did before I got into the news business. I’m more involved, I’m more aware. I’m more passionate about the issues facing people in the community.

    It’s my job—I can’t afford not to be.

    But now that I’ve been around the block a time or two as far as elections go, I’m beginning to feel I’ve heard it all before.