Today's News

  • Planning board sets hearing on Dumpster regulations

    The Shallotte Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for a new Dumpster screening ordinance at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, before the monthly board of aldermen meeting.

    If approved, the new ordinance will provide much more flexibility for existing businesses to screen trash receptacles than the current ordinance, according to town planner Allen Serkin.

  • Not all plants that look like palms are actually palms

    The Palm Reader (compiled by the Southeastern Palm and Exotic Plant Society) indicates “not all plants that look like palms are palms.”

    In everyday speech, the term “palm” can refer to just about any large-leafed evergreen bush or tree. One non-palm that really looks like a palm is the Sago Palm (Cycas revolute), commonly sold in coastal areas of the Southeast. The Sago Palm is actually a cycad. Cycads are an ancient group of plants that are closely related to cone-bearing trees such as pine and spruce.

  • Pondering the National Football League and lawn irrigation

    I’m sure I have too much time to think when I’m riding around in the pick-up truck. Recently, I was pondering just how strange it is that the New Orleans Saints are undefeated (at least at this writing).

    I remember when Archie Manning was exiled to the Big Easy from Ole’ Miss to quarterback for the then-new expansion franchise. Now, at least one of his sons is destined for Canton, Ohio. I guess that just means I’m getting old.

  • Whatever happened to Advent? It's the forgotten season

    Halloween’s bags of candy are scarcely garnered by trick or treaters, young and old, when turkey sales hit the scene.

    Pumpkins for pies replace those that decorated doorsteps. At the same time, department and grocery store workers race to remove the vestiges of both holidays to make room for all things Christmas.

    Red and green become the favored colors instead of shades of orange and brown. I watch it all and wonder what ever happened to Advent. Does anyone even recognize its presence?

  • Realtor's murder suspect to be released on house arrest

    Craig Bryant, the man charged with the April 26, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has posted his $310,000 bond. He will be released from jail on house arrest.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jane Evans, Bryant posted his bond, but, at press time Tuesday, he was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center while paperwork for his house arrest was processed.

  • Renowned violinist Caroline Goulding to perform at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation and Coastal Financial Associates are bringing renowned violinist Caroline Goulding accompanied on piano by Alicja Basinska and Janine Randall, with special guests The Sea Notes Choral Society of Brunswick County, to Odell Williamson Auditorium at 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships at Brunswick Community College. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets, including a post-show reception and priority reserved seating, are $50.

  • Work continues on Smith Avenue; contractors report jobs

    SHALLOTTE—As utility line relocation and drainage work continues on the Smith Avenue extension project, so does necessary reporting of the jobs created by the project.

    As a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the project’s contractor, S.T. Wooten Corp., is required to report jobs created, hours worked and money spent on the project to the Federal Highway Administration.

  • Commissioners OK appraisal contract for revaluation, agreement with debt setoff clearinghouse

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Ferriss Appraisal for the upcoming countywide property tax revaluations.

    “This contract is a continuation of a relationship that’s existed for over 20 years between Brunswick County and Bill Ferriss and Ferris Appraisal,” Brunswick County Tax Supervisor Tom Davis said.

    Davis said the tax department was two-and-a-half years into the process for the 2011 revaluation, which the county tax department does every four years.

  • 'Excellent turnout' in Seafood capital's namesake festival

    CALABASH—When the Calabash Merchants’ Association formed last year, their No. 1 goal was to bring a festival to Calabash.

    On Saturday, with about 7,000 people in attendance at the inaugural Calabash Seafood Festival in downtown Calabash, they accomplished their goal.

    “One of the very first things we wanted to accomplish was to bring a festival to Calabash,” Michael Abushakra, Calabash Merchants’ Association chairman, said.

    “We had an excellent turnout,” he added.

  • Bolivia man killed in single-car wreck

    A 24-year-old Bolivia man was killed Saturday night when his car struck a tree on Swain Road.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. M.L. Collier, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, William Crisco was driving his Ford passenger vehicle west on Swain Road at about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.