Today's News

  • Champion barrel racer competes in Worlds

    ASH—A little girl’s dream turned into a lifelong passion with a five-time path to the barrel racing Youth World Championships.

    Jesse McLamb, 19, never thought twice about it when her mother picked her up from Waccamaw Elementary School on horseback with her horse in tow. She simply climbed in the saddle and rode Shadow home.

    Later in high school, she was known as the “Rodeo Queen” and would often be greeted by “Hey, Cowgirl,” as she walked down the halls of West Brunswick.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Aug. 9
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Shallotte fireman charged with DWI


    SHALLOTTE—A local fireman was charged with DWI on Monday, July 30.

    According to Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks, Richard “Rick” Paul Savage, deputy chief of the Shallotte Fire Department, was stopped on N.C. 179 near Ocean Isle Beach around 11:18 p.m. Savage, 53, was stopped after a “trooper observed him run off the road.”

    When the trooper approached the vehicle, Savage was chewing gum and there was a “strong odor of alcohol. He was mush mouth (slurred) speech and very nervous.”

  • County to spend nearly $1 million on merit based raises

    BOLIVIA—Payday just got bigger for county employees.

    On Monday evening, the board of commissioners approved a 2 percent merit-based raise for county employees.

    The fiscal year budget for 2012-2013, which went into effect July 1, doesn’t include an appropriation for employee raises, but at the July 16 meeting commissioners asked staff to look into ways to implement raises.

    “We keep coming back to a plan that was used in the past,” said Marty Lawing, county manager.

  • Commissioners talk about transportation plans


    BOLIVIA— Monday was a busy day for county commissioners as they learned more about two major road planning projects under way for the county—one in the southern region and one in the northern region.

    The board received an update on the Grand Strand Transportation Planning Study from Mark Hoeweler, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments planning director, during a workshop on Monday.

    He discussed three options being studied for the proposed metropolitan planning organization (MPO).

  • County takes steps to consolidate the DSS/health boards


    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have taken the first step toward dissolving the DSS and health boards and consolidating them into one.

    Under House Bill 438, which N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law, N.C. General Statute 153A was amended to allow consolidation of the DSS and health boards that oversee the department of social services and the health department. The move will allow commissioners more control and oversight of the two agencies.

  • 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.
    •Deborah L. Istvan, 41, of 4355 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, was charged with two counts of shoplifting from Walmart.
    •Rebecca Watts Milliken, 36, of 1261 Mooney Way SW, Supply, was charged with DWI and no operator’s license.
    •Anthony Scott Beers, 24, of 3700 Golf Colony Lane Unit 25, Little River, S.C., was arrested on a warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon after being stopped for expired tags.

  • Religion briefs

    Youth Day celebration set for Aug. 19
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will observe its annual Youth Day celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rev. Rodnisha Gore of Fayetteville, formerly of Longwood, will be the guest speaker for this service.
    For more information, call (910) 231-3170.
    Raleigh Ringers to perform at Seaside UMC
    The Raleigh Ringers, a world-renowned handbell choir, is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Seaside UMC in Sunset Beach.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.
    •Aircraft ran into a ditch at the Ocean Isle Beach airport; subject turned a corner too quick and ran into a ditch on Aug. 6.
    •Larceny on East Second Street; subject took a cell phone on Aug. 4.
    •Underage drinking in a parking lot on East First Street; subject consumed alcohol while underage on Aug. 3.

  • Hope for the world exists in our younger generation

    The phone rang. Good news was announced. Our eldest granddaughter would be arriving for a weeklong visit with her grandparents, the old folks.
    Long ago, we had established the definition of visiting versus vacationing. When a grandchild visits, it would be customary to do what the grandparents do. Vacationing with them is to do what you wish to do.