Today's News

  • Former mayors blast current leader in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Two former mayors spoke out against recent actions by Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby, charging he is going beyond his role and interfering too much with town staff.

    Former Carolina Shores mayors Dan Mann and Jack Elliott spoke at Tuesday’s monthly commissioners meeting amid a full-house crowd of residents, many of them supportive of Selby.

  • Dog adoptions resume at county shelter

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Animal Services Shelter has resumed all services for dogs, including adoptions.

    Dog adoptions resumed at the shelter Tuesday morning, a shelter employee said, following a five-week suspension.

    The shelter suspended dog adoptions March 31 after several dogs developed a respiratory illness that lab results confirmed as distemper.

    The suspension period originally was for two weeks but was extended to prevent spread of the canine distemper virus and ensure it had been halted.

  • Sunset Beach council approves per-parcel sewer assessment, 10-year payback plan

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council drew applause and a few cheers as members voted to have sewer assessed on a per-parcel basis Monday night.

    The vote came after nine residents voiced concerns about the estimated $35 million project slated to get under way by Brunswick County later this year.

    Council also voted to keep the sewer payback period at 10 years rather than extending it to 30 as had been favored by more than 80 percent of property owners in a recent petition drive.

  • Food Lion to open next week

    Food Lion in Shallotte will have its grand opening at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at its new location on South Willis Drive.

    The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a chance for the public to get to know the management team and tour the store. According to a Food Lion spokesperson, grand opening festivities will continue throughout the weekend.

    The night before the grand opening is “dignitary night,” which will allow the mayor and other town leaders to get a preview of the new store, including product sampling and door prizes.

  • Southport, local Audubon Society set Ibis Fest

    The Cape Fear Audubon Society and the city of Southport are sponsoring Ibis Fest, a five-day event May 12-16 featuring workshops, field trips, music and speakers highlighting the natural resources of the Lower Cape Fear and Southport region, including Battery Island, an Audubon sanctuary for white ibis.

    Classes and presentations will cover the topics of birding, nature writing, photography, native plants and invasive species, while various field trips will take participants to special wildlife areas, according to organizer Sally Buchanan.

  • Unemployment numbers dip slightly due to seasonal hirings

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March, going from 12.4 in February to 11.4.

    The local N.C. Employment Security Commission manager attributed the decrease to seasonal employment opportunities.

    The numbers are up over last year.

    In March 2008, the state paid slightly more than $1 million in benefits to Brunswick County. This past March, county residents received more than $2.74 million in unemployment benefits.

  • Home sales increase slightly in March; agents say buyers, sellers aren't meeting in the middle

    Brunswick County sold 8 percent more homes in March 2009 than in March 2008, and 20 percent more than last month, according to the North Carolina Association of Realtors’ latest statistics.

    In March of last year, Brunswick County Realtors sold 115 homes. This past March, the number went to 124. Last month, 103 homes changed hands.

    The average price of a home sold in the county continues to decrease, going from $318,894 last year to $262,417 in March.

  • Larceny, damages reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a larceny and damages reported May 1.

    Someone broke into a Jeep on Waterway Park and stole a radio valued at $100, doing $200 worth of damages.

    Police also investigated damage to property reported April 28 on Dogwood Drive. A woman said a tire was cut.


  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit charged with following suspects last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Anthony Howard Graham, 39, of 1590 Morgan Road SW, Supply; charged with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Torriano Ikeen Fullwood, 31, of 379 Fieldview Lane SW, Supply; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.


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

    •Police charged Armando Flores, 30, of 4631 Sea Pines Drive, Southport, with assault on a female, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and vandalism. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

    •Police cited Michael J. Galon, 41, of Canonsburg, Pa., with driving 76 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone while subject to an impairing substance on U.S. 17 near Old Shallotte Road.