Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Break-ins, hit-and-run in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week.

    •Breaking-and-entering and larceny into a storage room under a beach house were reported April 8. A fishing cart, two sets of golf club and assorted fishing equipment were reported stolen.

    •A report for harassing phone calls and communicating threats was reported April 6 in the Sugar Sands area of Sea Trail.

  • 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.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 28, 29, 30 and April 2, 3 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 28

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • 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.

  • North Brunswick wins Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Baseball Invitational

     North Brunswick won the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Baseball Invitational April 11 by beating West Brunswick 10-3.

    North starter Matt Lowry struck out nine batters in six innings. Lowry, who has signed with UNC, gave up five hits and one run. He walked four.

  • West JV rally falls short against HCA varsity in baseball

     Two pop-ups helped determine the result in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational baseball game April 11 between the West Brunswick High School junior varsity and the Harrell’s Christian Academy varsity, which Harrell’s won 8-7.

    West misplayed a pop-up with two outs in the fourth inning and Harrell’s went on to score four runs and take a 6-2 lead.

  • West JV softball team beats Riverside varsity 16-8

     The West Brunswick junior varsity softball team beat Riverside 16-8 April 11 in the third round of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.

    Amanda Trapp was the winning pitcher in the victory, which avenged a first-round loss. Trapp walked 12 but gave up four hits in the seven-inning victory. She also had two hits, including a double.

  • Traffic restructuring is not the answer now

    Concerned business owners along N.C. 130 did the right thing.
    Worried their businesses were going to suffer because of a change in traffic flow near their locations, merchants rallied together and went before the Shallotte Board of Aldermen.
    The road project at the heart of this controversy had been many years in the planning and work stages. When it was finished, it redirected the main flow of traffic away from the Main Street and N.C. 130 intersection near Walmart behind Shallotte Commons Shopping Center and back onto Main Street and Smith Avenue.