Today's News

  • Rabies vaccinations are needed

    A knock at my front door could have changed my life—and, no, it wasn’t Ed McMahon or the Prize Patrol.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was home in the late afternoon thinking about taking a nap, when my cat started to growl in my face. Now for my scaredy attack cat, Lil’ lil that could mean only one thing—stranger danger.

    Every time someone approaches my front door, he jumps in my face and growls until he knows I know someone is lurking. He then runs and hides in the nearest closet or under the bed, but nonetheless, he is my little watchdog.

  • 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.

    •Jessica Lee Barnes, 31, 2114 Warren Landing Road, Supply, was arrested for larceny; suspect was a passenger in vehicle that was stopped. Barnes had a warrant for her arrest.

  • West sweeps Dixon in Junior American Legion Baseball

    West Brunswick swept Dixon 9-7 in five innings and 16-3 in four innings in a Junior American Legion Baseball doubleheader June 21.

    West took advantage of Dixon errors to get leads in each game.

    In the first game, West scored two runs off three errors in a three-run second inning in taking a 4-0 lead.

    In the third inning, Dylan Darguzas drove in two runs on a bases-loaded single, and that put West ahead 6-0. In the fourth, a bases-loaded single by Dustin Darguzas gave West an 8-3 lead.

  • Openings remain open in Calabash—for now

    CALABASH—The town has yet to hire a new town administrator or fill a recent vacancy on the town board of commissioners.

    But it may be getting closer to hiring a new town administrator.

    Forrest King, town commissioner and mayor pro tem, said last week the candidacy for a new town administrator has been narrowed down to one individual.

    “We’re trying to confirm with that person that they’re still available,” King said last Friday.

  • Saunders-owned MAS Properties sues Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—MAS Properties, one of the many development companies owned by prominent local developer Mark Saunders, has sued Brunswick County.

    The lawsuit, filed June 8 in Brunswick County Superior Court, names MAS Properties and Squire’s CG, LLC, as plaintiffs in the suit against Brunswick County over a water line easement.

    According to the lawsuit, MAS Properties purchased 20.24 acres that fronted the Intracoastal Waterway in 2006. In 2008, that 20-acre parcel was conveyed to Squire’s.

  • Sunset Beach work session set for next Tuesday morning

    SUNSET BEACH—The first of new three-hour monthly work sessions approved last month by town council is slated for next Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon at town hall.

    The sessions are scheduled during those hours on the third Tuesdays of each month to discuss town business prior to monthly meetings on the first Mondays of each month.

    Council’s next monthly meeting will take place Monday, June 27, in lieu of the Fourth of July holiday the following week.

  • GOP plus five Dems override Perdue’s budget veto

    RALEIGH—Five Democrats crossed party lines last week to join Republicans as they voted to override N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget veto.

    On Sunday, June 12, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget, for the first time in the state’s history.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”

  • County commissioners adopt $190 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The 2011-2012 fiscal year begins July 1, and Monday night, commissioners OK’d the $190.6 million operating budget four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Brunswick County manager Marty Lawing said the budget maintains a revenue-neutral tax rate of 44.25 cents per $100 of property valuation.

  • Commissioner wants to see SROs replaced with private security

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren wants the county to consider replacing school resource officers, or SROs, with private security guards.

    At Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting, Warren moved a standard SRO and D.A.R.E. officer agreement off the consent agenda to the administrative report to discuss the matter.

    Warren said the county spends $750,000 a year for 11 school resource officers and a D.A.R.E. officer, and he says replacing them with private security could save between $450,000 and $525,000 a year.

  • Local, state and federal agencies participate in a large-scale anti-terrorism exercise

    SOUTHPORT—With Hollywood-like special effects and injuries simulated through moulage, a scene of disaster and devastation unfolded at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week.

    The injuries were just makeup, the smoke was from a machine, and the truck full of chemicals that breached the U.S. Army munitions installation was just part of a training exercise.

    The loud screams were just National Guardsmen and civilians playing their roles in the simulated disaster.