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Today's News

  • Golf action

    Sharon DeBona, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., scored a hole-in-one on the 117-yard, par-3 18th hole Jan. 27 at Charleston National in Mount Pleasant, S.C. She used a 5-iron. Less than two weeks later, her husband, John DeBona, scored a hole-in-one on the 126 yard, par-3 fifth hole at Meadowlands Golf Club in Calabash. He used an 8-iron while playing in a Grand Strand Senior Men’s Golf Association event Feb. 8.

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  • Counterpoint--It's about the process

    It’s not about the person; it’s about the process.

    Unfortunately, it appears the Shallotte Board of Aldermen never had a clearly defined process to hire a new town administrator.

    That’s shortchanging constituents whose taxpayer dollars are used to run the town.

    The town received about 100 applications for the job. Two weeks ago, some board members were ready to hire Albert Hughes, even though aldermen Michael Pease and Larry Harrelson said then they hadn’t even looked at the applications.

  • Superior Court

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Thomas H. Lock with prosecutors Chris Thomas, Erin Holden, Brooke Smith and Chris Gentry adjudicated the following cases during Superior Court sessions on Jan. 29 and Feb. 4:

    William F. Ballard, 48, of 310 N. Kerr Ave., Wilmington; PG misdemeanor larceny, NC DOC 120 days active; PG three counts probation violation, Brunswick County Jail 35 days active with credit for time served.

    Steven James Bell, 31, of 2301 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; PG probation violation, extended probation 24 months.

  • Local woman seeks to start support group for visually impaired

    Regina Evans of Shallotte is on a double mission: to educate the public that visually impaired people can lead normal lives and to provide a support system for the visually impaired and their families in Brunswick County.

    She has the experience to do just that.

    Evans lived in Georgetown, S.C., for 14 years before moving to Shallotte. There, she served on the S.C. Council for People with Disabilities, advocating for services for visually impaired children and adults.

  • 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.

  • In cold weather, anglers can target redfish

    The weather has been harsh on area fishermen, but that hasn’t stopped some anglers from getting out and catching a few winter redfish anyway.

    Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters reports redfish have been biting well in the shallows despite bad conditions.

    “I fished (last week) and it was absolutely brutal, cold and windy,” Dickson said. “We only were out there about an hour but caught four small redfish 16-18 inches.”

  • New owners spell new hope for Carolina National

    In the last few years, unhappy changes have occurred in golf courses in Brunswick County and the upper Grand Strand. Some courses have closed; others are in obvious financial straights with weed-filled courses and empty parking lots.

    To add to the angst, several restaurants at golf facilities have closed or operate with limited hours.

  • Point--Decision was good

    Last week, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen made an appropriate decision to cut short their hiring process and award the position to interim town administrator, Albert Hughes.

    They recognized they had a unique opportunity in promoting Hughes to the position—an opportunity not always available to elected officials who serve in the hiring role for the town’s top paid position.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 3

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Ashantia L. Ballard, first-degree trespass, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Snow falls in Brunswick

    The most significant snowfall along the coast in 11 years occurred Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

    The NWS is reporting as much as 5 inches of snow in parts of Brunswick County Saturday morning.

    According to NWS reports, spotters reported 5 inches in Oak Island and Southport, 4.5 inches in Boiling Spring Lakes, 4 inches in Leland and 3 inches in Shallotte

    Local children were taking advantage of the accumulation to build snowmen, have snowball fights and make angels.