Local News

  • Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 dedicated

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Fire Station No. 2 is officially open.

    A crowd of town officials and invited guests turned out Monday for a dedication ceremony of the town’s new, second fire station at 7149 Old Georgetown Road.

    The ceremony kicked off with a welcome by Mayor Richard Cerrato and presentation of colors by Marine Corps League Carolina Borders Detachment 1036 of Calabash, followed by an invocation and singing of the National Anthem.

  • North Carolinians get (cheaper) gas south of the border

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—First thing Monday morning, North Carolinians were having a gas in South Carolina—a cheaper gas, that is.

    Lines of vehicles, most of them from North Carolina, were arriving in a steady flow to take advantage of cheaper gas prices at the Lowes Foods fuel station just south of the border.

    “I’m only seven miles away,” Sunset Beach resident Bill McNeil said as he filled up his SUV. “While we’re shopping at Lowes, you can kill two birds with one stone.”

  • Carolina Shores clears way for cemetery

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a change to allow cemeteries in the agricultural district.

    The amendment to the zoning text ordinance follows a request by Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, which wants to locate a cemetery on U.S. 17 across from Crow Creek Golf Course and just north of The Farm at Brunswick. The 12-acre site being eyed for the future cemetery is in the town’s extraterritorial (ETJ) jurisdiction.

  • Some Holden Beach homeowners skirting occupancy tax on beach rentals

    Holden Beach town staff members heard some people were renting their beach houses and not charging the required occupancy tax.

    So staff members went on the Internet and found 100 houses advertised for vacation rentals on sites other than local rental agencies’, such as on rent-by-owner vacation sites.

    Upon closer inspection, staff members discovered 80 of those were indeed paying their occupancy taxes. But 20 homeowners were not, according to town beach and recreation director Amanda Wiggins.

  • Is there a dinosaur egg in Shallotte?

    There is a possibility there is a dinosaur egg in Shallotte.

    There is even a possibility the egg contains a baby dinosaur.

    It is not for sale, but the egg in question is on display in a Shallotte store and it isn’t the only oddity in the store called “We Buy Treasures” on Main Street.

    “The egg is still attached to the rock,” said Mike Russell, who owns the store and the egg.

    Russell is positive it is a dinosaur egg and says it is not the first dinosaur artifact he has had in his possession.

  • ‘The Outreach Man:’ Saving lives one child at a time

    Churches from throughout Brunswick County have joined forces with Curtis Shaw Ministries to help bring miracles to a community in Whiteville.

    Curtis Shaw is a street preacher in Whiteville. His primary focus for the past year has been in the Brookberry Park Apartments where a shooting in January shook the entire community. Previously Shaw had been coordinating a food pantry.

  • Brunswick Stew

    SHALLOTTE—Get your taste buds ready.

    It’s time for the Brunswick Stew Cook-Off.

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the fourth annual Brunswick Stew event, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Planet Fun.

    There are 10 entrants in the competition.

    “Of course, our 2011 People’s Choice winner Get Sauced and 2011 Judge’s Choice winner WHQR FM 91.3 will be there competing again this year,” said Kelly Mathews, chamber programs and events director.

  • Changes not likely for traffic flow on Holden Beach Road

    SHALLOTTE— For more than six months a handful of Shallotte residents and business owners have been pushing the town of Shallotte to get portions of Holden Beach Road re-opened.

    It is not likely that will happen.

    “The results show that for the near term, opening the road would not be a detriment but by the year 2022, it would be back to where is was when we requested the project,” said Alan Lewis, alderman, referring to results of a recent North Carolina Department of Transportation feasibility study.

  • Terminal groin project could cost as much as $7 million

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A terminal groin on Ocean Isle Beach could cost the town between $4 million and $7 million.

    Coastal Planning and Engineering of Wilmington presented their findings of a feasibility study to town commissioners and a handful of Ocean Isle Beach residents Tuesday morning during the board’s regularly scheduled April meeting.

  • Election 2012: Four local attorneys vie for district judge seat

    BOLIVIA—Four local attorneys are vying for a seat on the district court bench.

    Longtime District Judge Napolean Barefoot is not seeking another term, and he has four attorneys who want to succeed him.

    Assistant District Attorney Catherine Radford and local attorneys Pauline Hankins, Richard Cox and Sheila McLamb are all running for Barefoot’s seat in the 13th District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    Judicial races in North Carolina are nonpartisan.

    Richard Cox