Local News

  • Shallotte honors employee for 40 years of service

     SHALLOTTE — After graduating from Shallotte High School, native Danny Roden enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge a few years later, Roden returned home and accepted a position offered to him by then-mayor Beamon Hewett.

    Roden’s employment began March 1, 1973, and the rest is history.

    Shallotte has had 10 mayors, including an interim mayor, since Roden first started working for the town.

    “I’ve almost seen it all,” Roden said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

  • OIB to notify concrete canal property owners to prepare for dredging

    Ocean Isle Beach officials will send a letter to all property owners on the town’s concrete lined canals recommending they shore up the bulkheads before dredging begins in the fall.

    The town has a $143,130 engineering contract in place to plan for dredging the 14 concrete canals from Concord Street to Lee Street but discussed at the Jan. 14 town meeting if there was a need to spend another $60,000 for daily inspections of the dredging results.

  • Committee upholds two policies for Brunswick County Schools

     The hotly contested debate surrounding “The Color Purple” and its inclusion in the Advanced Placement curriculum in Brunswick County Schools seems to have ended Jan. 21 when school board members rejected a motion to limit access to the controversial book.

    The board also initiated a conversation to set up a permanent advisory committee to handle future challenges.

    The vote took place during a policy committee meeting regarding policy review of challenges to instructional materials.

  • Leland won’t set ordinance for bee keeping in town

    Leland officials voted against adding bee hives rules to the town ordinances at the Jan. 16 town meeting.

    The board members heard from Waterford residents who oppose bee keeping in the neighborhood at the Oct. 27 meeting, then received a rebuttal from bee supporters Nov. 21.

    The town officials’ discussion on bees was postponed until new Councilman Bob Corriston was seated on the board, but Councilman Jon Tait asked in November if it would be easier to get Waterford to look at their policies rather than have the town take action.

  • Albemarle man indicted on child sex charges

     A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Stanly County man on child sex charges.

    Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Albemarle, was indicted Jan. 21 on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure. He was indicted for incidents alleged to have occurred during a church retreat at Fort Caswell in June 2013.

  • Shallotte Marine Supply to close after 46 years

     SHALLOTTE — Frank Causey remembers when his old store was on the other side of Main Street in Shallotte. He remembers returning home after a few years working on the dredge boat in Ocean City, Md., to sell chainsaw parts.

    He remembers the thousands of customers who walked through the doors at Shallotte Marine Supply since 1968.

    All of those memories are coming back to him as he and his wife, Lena Mae, owners of the store, prepare to close the doors of the business in March.

  • Leland’s second Whistle Pig 5K runs through Westgate Nature Park Feb. 1

    While Punxatawny, Pa. waits for a groundhog to see its shadow, Leland runners will chase the Whistle Pig.

    Leland Parks and Recreation will host the second annual Whistle Pig 5K race and one mile fun run/walk on Saturday, February 1 at 9 a.m. at the Westgate Nature Park.

    Looking for a different way to introduce the public to the Westgate Nature Park, Leland Parks and Recreation decided to host a 5K on Groundhog Day weekend. Groundhog Day is Sunday, Feb. 2.

    Whistle Pig is a different way of saying groundhog and the event is a different kind of 5K.

  • Luck you can count on

     SHALLOTTE — Frank and Lena Mae Causey own Shallotte Marine Supply, yet it’s someone else who runs the show.

    That someone is Lucky.

    Lucky is a 5-year-old yellow lab mix, but he’s far from an ordinary dog.

    Von, Frank and Lena Mae’s daughter, who has helped in the store as it prepares to close after 46 years in business, is Lucky’s owner.

    Frank Causey, who returned from working on the dredge almost 50 years ago and opened Shallotte Marine Supply, said he’ll miss a lot of things about the store.

  • Local athletes develop special bond with special needs students

     A pair of West Brunswick sophomores, Ian Niggles and Sam Zeng, thought Brunswick County could use a program for middle and high school aged special needs students, so they took matters into their own hands.

    They developed Free Kicks, a soccer program for special needs students that helps develop soccer and social skills.

    Niggles and Zeng both play on the varsity soccer team at West, and collaborated to found the program.

  • Southport police chief: Staff almost back to full force

     The outcome of the State Bureau of Investigation probe into the officer-involved shooting death of a mentally ill 18-year-old will determine how soon the Southport Police Department returns to full force.

    Detective Bryon Vassey was placed on administrative leave following the shooting death of schizophrenic Keith Vidal at his Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5.