Local News

  • New town commissioner sought in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Wanted: willing candidate(s) interested in serving as a town commissioner.

    The town of Carolina Shores has issued an open-recruitment call to residents as it seeks to fill the unexpired board term left vacant after former town commissioner Walter Goodenough was elected mayor in the Nov. 8 election. It’s an opportunity for interested residents to take part in the town’s governing body, according to a notice issued Nov. 22 by the town.

    The vacant seat is for a remaining two years of a four-year term.

  • Ellen fought like a girl, woman and a mother

     There was one thing Ellen Wemyss Granade fought for more than life—her boys.

    All three of them—her two sons, Garrett and Eli, and her husband, Grant.

    Ellen grew up on “the hill” next door to her grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins on a farm off of Four Mile Road in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Shallotte Lions Club offers vision screening

     SHALLOTTE—The motto is simple: See the 21st Century.

    Members of the Shallotte Lions Club are helping those in Shallotte see better; and so are other Lions clubs in the area.

    The Shallotte club recently prescreened 200 sixth-grade students at Shallotte Middle School and more than 150 second- and fifth-graders at Waccamaw School. In coming months they plan to screen students at Supply Elementary School as well as host a public screening in the Walmart parking lot.

  • Shallotte Christmas Parade



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    What: Shallotte Christmas Parade

    When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

    Where: Main Street in Shallotte

    Cost: Free

    SHALLOTTE—Now that the turkey has been carved, it’s time to light the Christmas tree and wait the arrival of the visitor from the North Pole.

    Two events officially mark the start of the holiday season in Shallotte—the annual tree-lighting ceremony and Christmas parade. The tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, around dusk.

  • Career & College Promise offers high school students new opportunities

     High school students throughout Brunswick County and the state have new opportunities for a brighter future.

    On Nov. 11, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue launched Career & College Promise. The initiative was proposed in her State of the State address earlier this year and received bipartisan support in the legislature.

  • Loon set free following Thanksgiving Day rescue

    Laura Clark was out for a Thanksgiving Day run when she first spotted the loon trapped in fishing nets in the surf off the coast of Bird Island.

    Someone, she said, had put out fishing nets stretching in the surf from 40th Street in Sunset Beach all the way down to the jetties at Little River, S.C.

    “It was probably five different nets strung together, so all the pelicans were dive-bombing because they could see the fish getting caught in the surf,” Clark said.

    Beyond that, she saw dolphins swimming in the ocean.

  • Christmas train show on track for the weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire Department

    LONGWOOD—For the sixth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s sixth annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6-9 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • 16th annual tree lighting to brighten Calabash on Friday

    CALABASH—Christmas is officially coming once again to the Seafood Capital as the town’s annual tree-lighting gets under way at 6 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2.

    The annual yuletide event, traditionally scheduled for the first Friday in December, takes place in the parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash Christmas shop at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

  • World War II veteran bestowed Patriot Award

    Monday was E.R. “Bud” Sweetman’s day for an award and accolades.

    During ceremonies in Wilmington, the 88-year-old Brunswick County World War II veteran—who turns 89 next January—was recipient of a Patriot Award from U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre.

    The award, sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, honors a select veteran who “has demonstrated valor in military service abroad and a continued dedication to his fellow Americans after returning from service,” according to a press release from McIntyre’s office.

  • Brunswick County Low Income Energy Program begins Dec. 1

    BOLIVIA—Beginning Dec. 1, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services will begin operating its Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

    Brunswick County DSS Director Patty Connelly said the program provides residents 60 years and older or those who are disabled with assistance for heating costs.