Today's News

  • From gas station gourmet to local fast food delight

    SHALLOTTE—In the autumn of 2010 a new dining option opened quietly in Shallotte—one that took taste buds by storm.

    The Grille, owned and operated by Sal Rubio, opened inside the BP gas station behind Naber Dodge.

    Rubio, a chef in the area since 1993, was in the catering business and decided to give his business a storefront where people could drop in and get gourmet soups and sandwiches. He opened the restaurant quietly to see how things would progress. He was its only employee.

  • Get your ghost walk on and learn history, lore in Ocean Isle Beach


    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Learn the history they don’t teach in school.

    That is the motto behind the OIB Ghost Walk.

    “It is very family-oriented. It is not a haunted trail,” explains Allison Smith at the start of each walk.

    Husband and wife Will and Allison Smith lead the walk that is in its first year as an independent business. The Smiths have put a lot of research into the walk and share local lore, legends and ghost sightings, as well as history.

  • Should chips, cookies, energy drinks and sodas be purchased with an EBT card?

    Should food stamps be used to purchase soda and other junk food?

    That’s the question and now the federal government is looking into potential changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps/EBT).

    A change to the current definition of food for the program requires action by Congress.

  • 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.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Trial begins in involuntary manslaughter case for former West Brunswick student

    An involuntary manslaughter trial has begun for a teen accused to killing two friends in a fatal car wreck in 2009.

    The trial of Joseph Moreno, 20, began Monday, July 23.

    Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey is prosecuting the case, while Mike Ramos is representing Moreno.

    On Tuesday, district attorney Jon David said testimony was under way, and he expected the state to rest Wednesday.

  • Bite on Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Shortly before noon on Tuesday, July 24, a call went across the emergency radio scanner for medical help for an animal bite.

    The dispatcher said it was a “possible shark bite” and the victim was on the beach with lacerations to the leg.

    Emergency personnel were sent to 121 West First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to Mayor Debbie Smith, it was not a shark bite.

    “According to first responders it looks more like a bluefish bite or a stingray barb,” she said.

  • Two Shallotte firemen get "Picked Off"

    SHALLOTTE—It was just a typical day at the Shallotte Fire Department for firefighters Justin Ward and John Pettry last fall when Ward mentioned to Pettry a casting call for a new TV show.

    Ward had seen a posting on Facebook that there was a new show looking for firefighters. Ward told Pettry who called the number and left a message for a New York-based production company, Cineflix.

    “They called back and said they were looking for two firefighters/EMTs in all of the U.S.,” Pettry said.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is off to see the "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend and next

    Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend for Brunswick Little Theatre’s debut performances of “The Wizard of Oz.”

    Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28, and Aug. 3 and 4; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, and Aug. 5 in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The local production, based on L. Frank Baum’s classic story, is from a book adaptation of the renowned 1939 MGM motion picture screenplay, complete with music and lyrics.

  • Sunset Beach residents come out to talk to town at community meetings

    SUNSET BEACH—Only one resident showed up for the town’s first community meeting last week.

    Linda Barber, a resident of The Regency, met with town officials at the first in a series of meetings July 19.

    But nearly 50 people showed up for the town’s second community meeting for residents of Sandpiper Bay Tuesday, July 24, bringing with them questions about the future town park, available parking at the new boat ramp, the size of the new fishing pier and other concerns.

  • Calabash Town Hall day talks about the weather

    CALABASH—Town Hall Day this Friday will focus on the weather.

    This year’s event, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at town hall on Persimmon Road, will center specifically on storm history and hurricane preparedness.

    Highlights include experts from the weather bureau in Wilmington, a hurricane simulation trailer, a WECT-TV meteorologist and weather-related prizes. Weather experts will also be on hand to program weather radios.

    The new Brunswick County mobile emergency command bus will be at the event as well.