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Today's News

  • Late Mayor Buddy Kelly receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine; farmers market to be dedicated to his memory

    SHALLOTTE—On Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. the entire community is invited to attend a dedication ceremony at the farmers market at Riverside Park in Shallotte. The market will  officially be named the  “Donald C. ‘Buddy’ Kelly Farmers Market.”

    On Tuesday night during the board of aldermen meeting, Mayor Alan Lewis announced the honor to Kelly’s wife and daughter—Lucinda and Tessa Kelly.

  • MS Bike Ride in Holden Beach

     Holden Beach’s third annual Multiple Sclerosis Ride will take place Saturday, May 7. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the ride begins at 8 a.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

    Cyclists have a choice of the two rides—either 35 miles or 55 miles, said Amanda Rose, Holden Beach parks and recreation programs coordinator.

    “Both rides will start at the Holden Beach Pavilion, go over the bridge and off the island,” she said.

  • Day at the Docks

    Annual Day at the Docks festival returns to Holden Beach this weekend.

    Activities will fill the day underneath the Holden Beach bridge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The festival features more than 30 vendors including about a dozen food vendors.

    Highlights of the festival include live music, a king mackerel fishing tournament and the popular bopple race. There will also be a free children’s area with face painting and games. Some of the children’s rides will charge a fee.

    Live Music

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Holly Nichole Thomas, 22, of 4824 Pigott Road, Shallotte, was arrested for drunk and disruptive at McDonald’s. The subject was having a disagreement with her boyfriend and making rude comments in front of customers. She refused to leave when officers asked her to and began making a scene.

  • Pro takes boat to view goats

    How valuable are those goats that roam three spoil islands near Ocean Isle Beach?

    Jeannette Beranger, manager of research and technical programs for The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, took a boat trip out to the islands Monday to investigate.

    “We had a great day on the waterway,” said Beranger, who hitched a boat ride with Capt. Jeff Williamson of Get Busy Fishing Charters at Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

    They saw a few goats, but need to see others, she said.

  • Public records policy nixed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed public records policy was defeated 3-2 by a split town council Monday night.

    The vote followed debate among council members, including a statement by town councilwoman Karen Joseph disputing “misinformation” she says is circulating about why the policy was proposed.

  • Carolina Shores confers with personnel attorney

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board has once again consulted with a personnel attorney following an incident between the town administrator and deputy town clerk.

    During town commissioners’ workshop Monday, the board went into closed session to meet with Wilmington attorney Melody Jolly, who specializes in defending “employers in federal and state litigation against claims for wrongful termination, retaliation and alleged violations of Title VII and ADA.”

    The board took no action following the nearly two-hour closed session.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrests three suspects for cocaine trafficking

    BOLIVIA—It was a good day for the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit.

    The fledgling task force announced on Monday the arrest of three suspects for cocaine trafficking, which included agents seizing two kilos of cocaine and more than $12,000 in cash.

    The cocaine had a street value of $200,000, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Ingram was joined by police chiefs Van Eddinger of Oak Island and Rodney Gause of Shallotte—the two other agencies in the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit.

  • 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.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • 'Good riddance': Veterans thankful for Navy SEALs, bin Laden death

    CALABASH—It was the talk of the nation, world and Seafood Capital as soon as news tweeted out Sunday night about the death of terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

    That included Calabash VFW Post 7288 and American Legion Post 503, where veterans said they were glad the day had finally come nearly 10 years after 9/11.

    “Everybody’s been talking about it all day,” VFW past commander Jack Goin said.

    VFW auxiliary member Patty Burton said she’s glad bin Laden is gone.