Today's News

  • Small business awards nominations announced

    Nominations have been closed for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year and Customer Service Awards, according to Karen Sphar of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Area businesses owners nominated for the Small Business Person of the Year are: Julie Autry and Leah Hall, Lucky Dogs; Debby Daigle, Plantation Properties; Bryan English, E. Bryan English Builders; Captain Butch Foster, Yeah Right Sportsfishing Charter; Marianne Long, Bullfrog Corner; and Jeff Satterwhite, Centerline Realty & Development.

  • Town of Calabash approves public hearing for 2008-2009 budget plans

    CALABASH—The town is readying its upcoming budget, as commissioners approved Tuesday night a June 10 public hearing for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

    Town commissioner Forrest King, acting as finance officer, said the tax rate should remain at 7 cents per $100 of valuation for the projected $1,022,950 budget that takes effect July 1.

    The overview includes $193,000 from ad valorem taxes from real and personal property, based on the town’s current 94 percent collection rate.

  • Police, speed humps on budgetary agenda in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Allocations for a future police department and speed humps are among budgetary details being mulled by town commissioners.

    At a May 5 budget workshop, commissioner Gere Dale said $50,000 is tentatively being set aside in “police department reserve” in the preliminary $1,475,844 proposed budget for 2008-2009, which takes effect July 1.

  • New books are available at Rourk Branch Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Practically Perfect” by Katie Forde. Witty and romantic.

    “Nice To Come Home To” by Rebecca Flowers. A smart, funny, entertaining novel of love, family and community.

    “Wit’s End” by Karen Joy Fowler. A sly and clever novel of mystery, intrigue and virtual reality.

  • 'Silver Review' celebrating 25 years of BLT premiers May 16

    It’s been 25 years of songs, rehearsals, makeup and lights for the various county residents who’ve been active in the Brunswick Little Theatre since its first production of the musical “Brigadoon” in 1983.

    The founding members weren’t so sure it would last this long, but now, two of the most active theater participants are honoring the company’s roots with a special tribute—a free, outdoor musical revue, or as the directors call it, a “Silver Review.”

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following information and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Larceny on Devane Road in Shallotte; suspect removed sign from victim’s property.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Blue Banks Loop in Northwest; suspect kicked in victim’s door and damaged home.

    •Mail tampering at the Bolivia Post Office; suspect went through victim’s mail.

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Fictitious information to an officer at U.S. 17 and Ploof Road; Ferquan Jamiel Williams, 18, of 7460 Ocean Highway West, Shallotte, gave false information to an officer, saying his name was Tyrese Williams, and his date of birth was Jan. 18, 1991.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •April Laquan Daniels, 28, of 6308 Apt. 2 Kerry Lane, Ocean Isle Beach; charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Melanie Jeanine Hayes, 24, of 3006 Harvest Road, Castle Hayne; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Larceny at Tomco of Shallotte; a $2,500 brake machine was reported taken from vehicle.

    •Larceny on Nicklaus Court; a $400 Honda Quatro Cut self-propelled lawn mower was reportedly removed from the back of victim’s truck overnight.

    •Communicating threats at Kangaroo; suspect made threats and swung pipe at the victim.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated vandalism May 7.

    According to an incident report, the victim reported the right side of a truck bed being damaged on Lions Paw Street. The damage is valued at $500.