Today's News

  • Shallotte adheres to permit extension act

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen meeting ended the year with claims by one alderman that the board isn’t being responsible to its citizens.

    Aldermen decided in a 4 to 1 vote to not opt out of the Permit Extension Act. This means under the new law passed by the N.C. General Assembly permits currently falling under the previous three-year extension under House Bill 683 have another year.

    The period of validity is extended to Dec. 31, 2011. Allowing automatic extensions for one more year means developments can continue without the expiration of permits.

  • Baking cakes by the sea

    HOLDEN BEACH–Watching TLC’s “Cake Boss” sparked a passion for baking in two Holden Beach businesswomen.

    Friends LeeAnn Politis and Molly Tuttle turned their passion for baking into a business serving tasty treats to the community. In September the pair opened the doors of Salt Aire Bakery for business. The opening has been anything but smooth sailing for the friends as they have faced many difficulties, which began just days before they opened.

    “It is really hard to open a small business,” Politis said.

  • Fancy Flea Christmas Party
  • Free Christmas Meal

    Do you or someone you know need a hot meal on Christmas Day?

    One local organization is uniting volunteers to make sure anyone in the area who has a need for a meal has a place to come.

    Faith Building Missions (FBM) will pass out meals from noon-2 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    A sit-down meal will be served at 4 p.m. at the Ocean View Family Life Center in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Did it burn on purpose?

    A house fire has prompted an arson investigation in Shallotte.

    On Nov. 13, Shallotte firefighters responded to a residential house fire at 4814 White St. The home belonging to Elaine (Dixie) Smith Lawlor of Myrtle Beach, S.C., was engulfed in flames.

    Damages to the residence are estimated at $180,000.

    The Shallotte Police Department was contacted to investigate the fire because arson was suspected. 

  • Winter Fire Safety

    As cold weather ushers in the holiday season, it also brings an increase in residential fires. Residents all over the county are heating their homes for the cold weather, plugging in extra lights and holiday decorations and preparing larger meals. All of these things are attributed to a rise in fires nationwide during the winter months.

    “Statistically in the winter, there is an increase in the number of fires,” Shallotte Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson said.

  • 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.

    •Kenneth Wayne Taylor, 48, of 1604 Lovette Road, Lumberton, was charged with DWI, driving while license revoked and left of center. Taylor was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond.

  • Tightening the belt

    Times are tough. We all know it. We’ve all buckled down, tightened our belts and felt the pressure on our personal finances.

    In the past three years at another company I worked for, I was told my benefits were being reduced, there was a raise freeze and then my pay was being cut because the company wasn’t making enough money. I thanked my lucky stars I wasn’t being laid off like so many others but I knew it was going to be tough.

  • Principals ask for higher standards for graduation, promotion requirements

    BOLIVIA—Principals have asked members of the Brunswick County Board of Education to adopt stricter graduation requirements and promotion standards than what is required by the state.

    At a policy meeting last week, Bob Grimes, Brunswick County Schools’ director of secondary education, presented policy committee and board members Catherine Cooke and Shirley Babson with proposed changes to the graduation policy, No. 3460.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Pender Street; suspect gained entry to a storage building and removed items, including a power washer.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny at Causeway Inn on Causeway Drive; suspect entered and removed items, including a laptop computer, DVD player and jewelry.