Today's News

  • No Port Southport protests recon draft, receives grant for environmental study

    SOUTHPORT—Members of No Port Southport are continuing to make their voices heard about their objections to the N.C. International Terminal project planned for the Southport area.

    This time, members have lodged a complaint with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about its draft analysis report, part of the ongoing reconnaissance study for the terminal.

    No Port member Mike Rice requested the draft report using N.C. public records laws. He and other No Port members believe it did not address the issues it was designed to address.

  • Oak Island woman killed by drunk driver

    An Oak Island woman and mother of three was killed Friday night when her car was struck head-on by a drunk driver.

    Satu Harris, 38, of Oak Island, died Friday, May 7, when her car was hit head-on by a truck driven by Daniel Harrison Brennick, according to a N.C. State Highway Patrol report.

    Brennick, 22, of Southport, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck north on N.C. 133 about 3.5 miles north of Southport around 11:29 p.m. May 7.

  • Local builders find ways to adapt to down market

    SOUTHPORT—With metal roofs, hardiplank siding, hardwood floors and ceramic tile kitchen counters, the new cottages at the Turtlewood subdivision in Southport don’t seem much different from the homes Whitney Blair Custom Homes usually builds in high-end developments.

    But the process was different for the Sunset Beach-based company—the cottages contain less than 2,000 square feet and are priced less than $300,000.

  • Post-election reflections from the political sidelines

     The greatest days of the year for a political reporter have to be the days following an election.

    The races are called (for the most part), the campaign staffs have eased up on their 3 a.m. press e-mails (fastest way to annoy a reporter with a BlackBerry) and the candidates’ signs you can’t drive 5 feet without seeing seemingly disappear overnight.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Stolen purse on Holden Beach Road; suspect stole victim’s purse from the side of the road.

    •Property damage and larceny on Chadwick Landing Road in Shallotte; suspect cut victim’s gas line and stole a gas tank.

    •Larceny on Chadwick Landing Road in Shallotte; suspect stole jewelry from victim’s jewelry box.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From May 3-9, K-9 deputies answered 13 calls, wrote 10 citations and made five drug arrests, including four possession of marijuana charges, five possession of drug paraphernalia charges and one possession of a schedule II controlled substance charge.

    K-9 deputies found 23 grams of marijuana and one Concerta pill.

  • 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 Shady Leonard Daniels III, 29, of 5161 Lakewood Drive, Shallotte, with two counts of worthless check and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged William David Salmon, 20, of 143 Wall St., Shallotte, with domestic assault. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond.

  • Spring Beach Rally continues at local Harley dealership

    Jim and Barb Conley of Bolivia say the Spring Beach Rally now continuing at Beach House Harley Davidson in Shallotte is a great gathering place for weekend bikers.

    The couple, who have been attending bike rallies for about six years now, said they found many more vendors and activities at the Shallotte event than in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and were pleased the event was so much closer to their home.

  • Alderman recommends possible changes to avoid stalled developments

    Last year, a large development that had been in the planning stages for several years stalled due to lack of funding.

    It left a number of property owners with unusable land and requiring the town of Shallotte to use bonds to complete the planned infrastructure.

    This year, the N.C. General Assembly passed a bill preventing any town or county from calling bonds to complete unfinished projects. It didn’t affect the development, San Rio, off Gray Bridge Road, but it worried town officials.