Local News

  • Town was not 'sneaky,' mayor claims

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby says the town has not tried to hide discussions and meetings about doing away with its two voting districts.

    Last week, Village at Calabash resident and former mayoral candidate Walter Goodenough claimed the town was “sneaky” and failed to notify residents about meetings on the issue.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. next Monday, May 5, when residents will have a chance to speak about the matter before commissioners take it to a vote.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners appoint committee members

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners reshaped the town’s roster of non-mandated committees at their board meeting last week.

    But not all board members were pleased with the committees’ overhaul. The committee nominations were approved 4 votes to 1 vote, with commissioner Gary Staley casting the lone dissenting vote against the changes.

    Staley has argued at previous board meetings the board should discuss the committee appointments at a workshop rather than as a single agenda item.

  • First draft vision plan for Shallotte to be unveiled May 15

    SHALLOTTE—Local developer Buddy Milliken remembers riding his bike along Main Street as a kid and running a sno-cone stand where Hardee’s now is.

    He says he’s excited about what he’s seen so far of the new vision plan for Shallotte, particularly the plans to create a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere near the river.

    “I think it’s a really good initiative for the town,” Milliken said recently. “I think there’s a lot of benefit for everybody to revive the riverfront and the center of downtown.”

  • Bluegrass concert to kick off Shallotte Memorial Day weekend

    The Mostly Bluegrass Society will sponsor a daylong concert and jam session event in observance of Memorial Day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24, behind Carolina Flooring Center on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The event will feature performances from The Wells Family, Hagar’s Mountain Boys, and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, all North Carolina bluegrass bands.

    Everyone is welcome to bring their instruments and play in the jamming area, organizers said.

  • Open house addresses future sewer in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Residents got a chance to ask questions about future sewer service from Brunswick County at an April 24 open house.

    Several complained they still aren’t being told how much it’s going to cost, though officials offered a ballpark figure of between $7,000 and $10,000.

    “I learned that we’re getting screwed,” Oyster Point resident Charlie Nern said as he stood at a table where Brunswick County public utilities director Jerry Pierce answered residents’ questions.

  • Health department honored with award

    The ADA Diabetes Education Umbrella Team was honored with the Outstanding County Program Award.

    Ed Wooters, members services director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, noted the educational umbrella was Don Yousey’s idea and had just completed being piloted with five counties (including Brunswick) and should receive accreditation by the ADA in the next two months.

  • West student-athletes learn from coach and captain retreat

    It’s a wise move to get there early. Then you can’t be accused of breaking the rules.

    West Brunswick’s contingency arrived first at the Spring Coach and Captain Retreat at the Radisson Governor’s Inn in Research Triangle Park.

    Trojan students Dylan Bowman, Mariah Evans and Chaz Earp immediately jumped in the unheated pool and swam. Then, with fellow student Breana Gause, they went to their rooms and ordered a pizza.

  • Lady Trojans cut gap but fall to Jacksonville

    The difference between the first and second time West Brunswick and Jacksonville’s soccer teams faced off was this time, the match had suspense.

    The Lady Cardinals won 4-0 last Wednesday night, with their first two goals scored on beautiful shots and their second two on controversial no-calls. The first time the teams met this season, Jacksonville cruised to an 11-0 victory.

    “It was a good game,” Jacksonville coach Dave Miller said Wednesday night. “West Brunswick is much improved from the first time we played them.”



    West Brunswick’s tennis team closed out its season Monday falling 9-0 to a traditional powerhouse.

    “We played one the strongest teams of the region in New Hanover, and they played up to their capabilities against us,” West coach Bob Bell said. “They are a very polished, well-coached team, and we'll probably see both them and Hoggard in the upcoming 4A playoffs. It is a shame that one of those teams may not get in.





    Whiteville’s Michael Wright had a no-hitter going until South Brunswick’s Ryan Morgan doubled in the seventh inning. Still, Whiteville held on for a 1-0 win last Wednesday.

    The loss puts South Brunswick and Whiteville in a tie for first place in the Waccamaw Conference standings as each has two losses.

    “We pitched well enough to win—our bats just went cold,” South coach Lee Shelton said. “Whiteville's pitcher did a good job.”