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  • Sunnyside: Remembering the early days

    SHALLOTTE—When William and Dorothy Sellers retired to Shallotte it was a homecoming of sorts for one of the historic Sunnyside School’s former teachers.

    Dorothy will turn 90 in April 2012 and has lived in Shallotte for the last 29 years, but it is not her first time.

    Dorothy was born in Goldsboro where her mother was a teacher at the Goldsboro Academy.

    “My father moved us to Wilmington during the Depression years,” she said.

  • Ocean Isle officials select engineer for terminal groin project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The field has been narrowed and the town has selected their top engineer to pursue a feasibility study for a terminal groin.

    At commissioners’ November meeting Tuesday morning, they voted to pursue the feasibility study with Coastal Planning and Engineering at the helm of the feasibility study. The board selected their top candidate; however, at this time no further action has been taken.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a purse from the Food Lion grocery store.

    •Vandalism by suspect keying the victim’s vehicle in Walmart parking lot.

    •Larceny of jewelry at Birch Pond Drive; suspect took jewelry from the victim’s residence.

  • One newcomer joins Ocean Isle Beach board

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—One newcomer will be on the next town council in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to unofficial results at press time Tuesday night, Betty Williamson and Dean Walters, the two incumbent candidates, and newcomer Bob Williams will fill the three commissioner seats. Each commissioner’s term is four years.

    Williams will replace current board member Suzie Wooten who did not seek re-election.

  • Shallotte elects a new mayor and alderman

    SHALLOTTE—The citizens of Shallotte turned out to vote on Tuesday and elected a new mayor and alderman.

    Sara McCullough and Paula Pease fought the race for mayor.

    McCullough decided to run for mayor after the passing of Mayor Buddy Kelly. She will finish the remaining two years of Kelly’s four-year term.

  • Ocean Isle Beach hosts community forum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s final community forum of the year was Monday night.

    Four times a year Ocean Isle Beach commissioners, mayor and town staff invite the public to forums. During the meetings the public is asked to share ideas and discuss concerns with the board. The board takes no formal action during the forums.

    “We are here to listen to your concerns and suggestions,” said Debbie Smith, mayor. “Tell us what is on your mind.”

  • Golden Corral Shallotte bound

    SHALLOTTE—More buffet dreams are back on the table as Golden Corral moves forward with plans to open in Shallotte.

    Earlier this year Golden Corral looked into a site for business in the Westpark Plaza commercial subdivision along Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) between Harley Davidson Drive and St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church.

    The project ran into several speed bumps, and plans for the final plat were never presented to Shallotte alderman for approval. It appeared the project was not going to happen.

  • Not much change in Holden Beach mayor, commissioner elections

    HOLDEN BEACH—Alan Holden will once again serve as mayor of Holden Beach.

    Holden, who was unopposed in his bid for mayor, was elected to his second term as mayor Tuesday night.

    Four incumbent candidates were also re-elected to the board of commissioners. One write-in candidate, Dennis Harrington, secured enough votes to become the board’s newcomer.

  • Elections director reports ‘moderate’ voter turnout in Tuesday’s election

    BOLIVIA—It was a moderate day in Brunswick County on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8—at least in terms of voter turnout.

    “We’ve had what would appear to be a moderate day,” Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy said about voter turnout.

    Of the county’s 45,093 voters who were eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election, more than 20 percent of voters turned out to cast their ballots.

  • Offshore wind turbines hot topic in Holden Beach

    A North Carolina Sierra Club representative made a presentation on offshore wind turbines to Holden Beach commissioners at their meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    Carina Barnett-Loro’s pitch for wind energy was called “First in Flight, First in Wind.”

    She talked about the Wright Brothers making the first human flight in 1903 on North Carolina’s coast because of the strong winds.

    “In 2011, we have an opportunity to be a leader again in renewable energy,” she said.