Today's News


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Shelby Lynn Horning, 40, of 1969 Cedar Lane, Supply, with driving while impaired and no insurance. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Larceny of a leather jacket at Beach House Harley Davidson; suspect walked into the store, put on one of the leather jackets and walked out to his motorcycle without paying for the jacket.

  • Speckled trout emerge full force during April

    Last week I wrote about the nice redfish bite, and how those drum have been providing nonstop action all winter and into the early spring for local fishing guides like Capt. Mark Dickson.

    This week, I asked Dickson about the emerging speckled trout bite, since specks are a fish that anglers’ thoughts turn to in April the way a second baseman’s thoughts turn to base hits.

  • Brunswick Community College Turf School: Reaching out to improve the community

    About 15 months ago, I wrote about the Brunswick Community College Horticulture and Turfgrass Management Program and their new, on-campus facility.

    This past week, I revisited BCC and talked again with Dean Bennett, director of the program, and Jace Myers, turfgrass instructor. My interest had been piqued because students from the turf school had been at Cinghiale Creek (home of The First Tee of Brunswick County) since January building a huge new bunker next to the south green.

  • Season special so far for West softball team

    Welcome to “Jeopardy!”

    And the first answer is: Laney.

    Question: What is the answer to all my test questions?

    A similar version of the popular game show took place last week as the West Brunswick High School softball team prepared for its game at Laney.

    Even though the March 24 game was early in the season, was beating Laney on the minds of the Trojans?

  • Stimulus money to fund Shallotte's Smith Avenue extension

    Transportation Secretary Eugene Conti has awarded contracts for nine highway and bridge projects using $36.3 million of North Carolina’s $6.1 billion federal stimulus share.

    Among the shovel-ready project contracts awarded March 23 by Conti in the first wave of stimulus-funded road projects was the Smith Avenue extension project in Shallotte.

    Conti, whom Gov. Bev Perdue appointed Transportation Secretary Jan. 5, awarded a $6.3 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson for the Smith Avenue extension project in Shallotte.

  • Two suspects arrested for alleged drug deal at Walmart

    SHALLOTTE—Two suspects were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy witnessed an alleged drug transaction between the two suspects in Walmart’s parking lot last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agent Joe Cherry, both suspects fled when confronted by the deputy.

    Brian Ray Mobley, 44, of 2875 Paddlewheel Trail, Supply and Orrey Palmer Clemmons, 44, of 1040 Hewett Road, Supply, were both arrested Tuesday, March 24, and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Second bill takes aim at Beach Plan: Would require surplus retention for group

    RALEIGH—A second pair of bills taking aim at The Beach Plan has been introduced in the state House and Senate.

    Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Brunswick, co-sponsored House Bill 742 to prohibit beach plan surplus distribution, which was introduced in the House March 24. Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, introduced a similar bill in the state Senate.

    Both bills require the Beach Plan, or the N.C. Underwriting Association, to retain any accumulated surplus within the association.

  • One dead, one seriously injured in wreck on N.C. 904

    ASH—A Columbus County woman was killed last week in a wreck that left one man seriously injured.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.C. Albritton, Jennifer Nicole Porter, 20, of Tabor City, was driving her 2001 Chevrolet passenger vehicle north on Ash-Little River Road around 5:25 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

    Porter attempted to turn left onto N.C. 904, failing to yield to an oncoming vehicle, Albritton said.

  • Sheriff’s office, Governor’s Highway Safety Program team up for safety demo

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to bring a series of driving simulators and demonstrations to Brunswick County.

    The event, slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Leland Walmart, will feature the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s 18-wheeler with three driving simulators that feature multiple driving scenarios.

    To stress the importance of wearing seat belts, there will also be a crash simulator, which will put participants through a controlled 5 mph-impact.

  • DSS workers provide support for parents to keep children safe

    BOLIVIA—Child protective services workers at the Brunswick County Department of Social Services want the community to know their goal is not taking children away from their parents.

    In fact, they’re mainly focused on giving parents the resources they need to solve whatever problems are putting their children in harm’s way. Gerri Barnes and Tiffany Irving say they make sure they empathize with the parents and work with them to solve their problems.