Local News

  • Cooke Realty to sponsor Iditarod team; Marty Cooke travels to Alaska

    Six patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital will participate in the ceremonial start of the Iditarod this weekend, and two local men are helping them with their journey.

    Marty Cooke and Stuart Cooke of Cooke Realty are sponsoring Wounded Warriors and helping them make the trip to Alaska become a reality.

    Although neither enlisted in the military, the Cooke brothers are involved in many military organizations and have formed many connections with military leaders.

  • Shallotte considers getting involved with affordable housing program

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen say they are interested in following the county’s lead by starting an affordable housing initiative in town.

    At last week’s board retreat, aldermen asked town staff to research the possibilities of applying for grants, obtaining property and ways to structure an affordable housing program based on what other towns have done.

    Alderman Alan Lewis brought up the subject during the daylong session at the Purple Onion Annex on Cheers Street.

  • Shallotte may farm out taxing duties to county

    SHALLOTTE—With the town rapidly expanding its corporate limits and state law requiring more complicated software, it’s become quite a chore to keep up with collecting property taxes.

    The Town of Shallotte is considering adopting a plan that would allow the Brunswick County tax office to send out the bills and collect the taxes for a fee. Aldermen and the county tax collector say the move will pay for itself.

    Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said the service is being offered for several reasons, not the least of which is customer service.

  • Shallotte OKs $15,500 payout to architects

    SHALLOTTE—After meeting in closed session Tuesday night, town aldermen have voted to pay an additional $15,500 to the architects who designed the new fire station.

    During the monthly pre-agenda meeting, the board of aldermen heard from Jim Stewart of Stewart Cooper & Newell Architects that the building on Wall Street is nearly complete. It is awaiting inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    He also informed the board that his firm had submitted several bills to the town that had not been paid.

  • Aldermen seek Sunnyside estimates

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen want to know how much it will cost to finish the long-expected renovations on Sunnyside School so they can discuss it and possibly include it in the town’s 2008-2009 budget.

    Aldermen met with members of the Save Old Sunnyside Committee at last week’s board retreat at The Purple Onion Annex in Shallotte. They asked committee members to bring back estimates for completing renovations for all the uses planned for the building—a meeting room, a historical museum and a replica of an old classroom.

  • Mandatory sewer discussed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Planning board members are discussing a sewer use ordinance with the county.

    If approved, it would include a requirement for mandatory connection for all private wastewater treatment systems in town.

    “It’s very good to have for environmental concerns, and it addresses the practicality of funding the system,” town administrator Gary Parker said.

    North Carolina statute allows private users to continue to use their septic tanks.

  • Lady Trojans survive playoff thriller

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick seniors Miranda Jenrette and Jordan Clear were not ready for their high school basketball careers come to an end Monday night.

    So they did what they needed to ensure they would play at least one more game.

    The duo combined for 34 points, 15 rebounds and two clutch baskets as the Lady Trojans defeated Washington 54-52 in overtime in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

  • North girls march on

    LELAND—The North Brunswick Lady Scorpions swarmed Fairmont Monday night and moved into the second round of the Class 2A high school girls’ basketball playoffs.

    The 66-52 victory sent the Lady Scorpions (16-9) on the road for Wednesday’s second-round meeting at Croatan (25-1) with the winner advancing to Friday’s sectional title game.

    Croatan, the East Central Conference top seed, beat Orange 70-43 Monday.

  • South Brunswick wrestler finishes fifth in state

    Brunswick County athletes failed to win a single medal at the N.C. High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships last weekend in Winston-Salem.

    South Brunswick senior Sammy Roundtree had the best finish of the 12 local wrestlers who competed in the tournament. He placed fifth at 125 pounds in the 1A/2A classification.

    West Brunswick senior heavyweight Dixon Floyd was the only other wrestler from the county to win more than one match. He went 2-2 to finish among the top 10 in the 3A classification.

  • Dolphins get walk-off win

    SHALLOTTE—You’ve heard of Mister October. Meet Mister February.

    Brunswick Community College freshman Derek Cozzolino is quickly establishing a reputation as a clutch hitter for the first-year Dolphins.

    On Sunday, Cozzolino had his second walk-off game-winning hit of the season in a 3-2 decision against visiting Cecil College. Through five innings, the Seahawks from North East, Md., held a 3-1 lead.