Today's News


    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Assault on a female on Birch Pond Drive; victim reported suspect striking her.

    •Vandalism at Badcock Furniture & More; victim reported a pea-sized hole in the window, possibly from a bullet fragment. The damage was estimated at $150.

    •Counterfeit currency at Gigi’s Closet at Shallotte Station; suspect passed a counterfeit $50 bill.

  • BCC announces continuing education courses

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant.

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 755-7380 to register. The following are upcoming CEWD courses and seminars:

  • 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:

    •Larceny on Brierwood Road in Shallotte; suspect stole power tools, farm and garden vehicles, household goods and a shop light from victim’s home.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny on Brigadier Avenue in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect removed victim’s laptop and iPod from victim’s vehicle.

    •Assault on Mulligan Way in Bolivia; suspect assaulted victim.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

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

    K-9 deputies charged Jake W. Hunt, 21, of 62 Old Lantern Road, Danbury, Conn., was charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 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.


  • 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.”