Today's News

  • Changes in store with new council faces in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Three newly elected council members to be sworn in next Monday include two faces bringing change to the town board’s makeup.

    Newcomers Carol Scott and Karen Joseph were elected in the Nov. 3 town council race, replacing incumbents Ron Watts and Len Steiner.

    Incumbent Lou DeVita was re-elected for a second four-year term to the third available seat on the five-member council, in addition to the re-election of incumbent Mayor Ronald Klein.

  • Remembering our favorite Christmas specials and reviving a nostalgic trend

    Every year at this time, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of those bizarre pieces of holiday nostalgia, the stop-motion animation Christmas specials like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    Each features strange puppets that move in bizarre patterns but somehow seem to come alive thanks to the colorful sets, enthusiastic voice performances and imaginative storytelling.

  • Plant winners and losers: 2009 wasn't bad in the garden

    The holidays are a great time to stop and reflect on the things that have happened over the previous 12 months.

    While the economy has struggled, 2009 wasn’t a bad year in the garden. Rainfall and temperatures were close to normal. We weren’t pounded by any tropical storms. So, what plants were the winners and losers this year?

    Two new Knock Out roses were released in 2009—Sunny and Whiteout. After planting several of each in different locations including my own garden, my initial impression of these proved correct.

  • Holiday gardening tips: How to buy and care for Christmas trees and poinsettias

    For many, real Christmas trees and poinsettias are basic ingredients for a successful Christmas season; however, buying right and then caring for your trees after they enter your home is critical for the success of this recipe. Yes, poinsettias are small trees. Our goal is to keep the trees looking good for as long as possible.

    Christmas trees

    With a real tree, you can smell and feel its presence compared to an artificial one. The magic ingredient to prolong this feeling is water, whether the tree is cut or live with a root ball.

  • EDC courting light industry to bring more jobs to county

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is working with 12 industrial clients considering setting up shop in Brunswick County, creating hundreds of job opportunities, mostly in the Leland and Navassa areas.

    EDC director Jim Bradshaw said two prospects are considering locating in the planned new International Logistics Park of North Carolina, which covers 1,000 acres on the Brunswick-Columbus County border along U.S. 74/76. The park is a unique venture between the two counties and the state.

  • San Rio infrastructure work to be completed

    LandTech Asset Management of Columbia, S.C., has announced its plans to begin installing sewer service and paving roads on San Rio Ocean and River Club property off Gray Bridge Road.

    LandTech, a private real estate development, marketing and management firm, is the court-appointed receiver for the property, which ran into trouble when it lost its bank funding last year.

    The company has begun the engineering and permitting process, and will start the construction bidding this month, according to Kevin Steelman of LandTech.

  • Kelly, Harrelson sworn into office; Dumpster ordinance approved

    Longtime alderman Buddy Kelly took the oath of office as Shallotte’s new mayor Tuesday night, and incumbent alderman Larry Harrelson was sworn in for his second four-year term.

    Both defeated opponents in November for their seats.

    Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board officially said goodbye to alderman John Kinlaw, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the mayor’s seat, and outgoing two-term mayor Gerald Long, who did not to seek re-election this year.

  • Life is all about waiting and discovering who we are

    One of the most profound questions one can ask or hear is this: “Who are you?”

    There are days when I look into the mirror of life and am astounded at what I see. I stare curiously at an image I cannot believe is real and ask: “Who are you?”

    Who is this person who has reacted with swift and sure anger at a remark innocently made or a question naively asked?

    Who is this woman who speaks confidently of non-judgmental, unconditional love and then becomes perturbed when things do not go as planned?

  • Turkey Trot raises money for new equipment

    Turkeys were flying Friday at Town Creek Elementary School.

    The school participated in its first ever Turkey Trot Friday to raise money for new gym equipment.

    Latania Edge-McCumbee, physical education teacher, said she got the idea from Waccamaw School, which does an annual Turkey Trot as a fundraiser for the school.

    Town Creek Elementary School parents were asked to give donations and sponsor their children in the Turkey Trot.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Police charged Betty Ann Robinson, 32, of 2845 Robinson Park Trail No. 13, Supply, with larceny by employee and embezzlement for taking $3,200 out of the store’s deposit. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

    •Shoplifting at Scotchman on Whiteville Road; suspect stole a bottle of beer from cooler.