Today's News

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played their first three-nets tournament of the new year on Friday at Cypress Bay. The winners with a score of 198 (-18) were Tom Culverwell, Bob Byrne, Roger Dunham and Gary Gutheil. In second at 201 (-15) were Jim Ritter, Sid Silver, Dan O’Connell and Paul Michal. Low gross was Sid Silver and Gary Gutheil, 86; Paul Hichal, 87; and Bob Byrne, 88. Low nets were Bob Byrne, 68, and Tom Culverwell and Paul Michal, 69. Tom Culverwell is golfer of the week.

  • New sign regulations in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—New sign regulations are in effect for Shallotte.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, aldermen unanimously passed a sign regulation amendment modifying sign regulations. No one spoke during a public hearing.

    The amendment reduces the maximum size of signs in the central business district, allows larger signs for large residential developments and makes banners temporary signs. It requires new signs in the central businesses, central waterfront and office and institutional zoning districts to be ground-mounted. It allows larger signs along U.S. 17.

  • Sheriff’s Corner: Heating safety and awareness

    We would like to remind you to use caution when using heaters and other items that produce carbon monoxide.

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious and kills hundreds of people, if not thousands all throughout the world. It is odorless and colorless, and it is a deadly poisonous gas that comes about by the incomplete burning of fuels, such as oil or propane, burning wood or automobile fumes.

    Carbon monoxide cuts off the oxygen supply to your organs and tissues after a period of time, causing severe problems and/or death.

  • Special Operations Report

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, special operations deputies set up checkpoints on Stanley Road, the on-ramp to Mount Misery Road, Boones Neck Road, N.C. 74 West ramp, Maco Road, Redbug Road, Holden Beach Road, N.C. 211 at Camp Branch and N.C. 130 at Mirror Lite.

  • Shallotte Crime


    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.


    Dec. 31

    Mark Douglas Jones, 53, 14 Birch Pond Drive, Shallotte, charged with four counts of felony embezzlement/larceny by an employee from Walmart. He worked in loss prevention.

    Larceny of a cellular phone on Owendon Drive.

  • Get fit for golf: Adopt a dog and walk

    It’s a whole new year with endless possibilities, so let’s talk about fitness and how a dog can improve your game.
    In most of our golf communities, dogs must be walked on a leash. Walking your dog several times a day is a good thing.
    The Mayo Clinic tells us that walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It can lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduce or manage type 2 diabetes, manage weight, improve your mood and help you to stay strong and fit.

  • Board agrees to fund officers at elementary schools

    BOLIVIA—It didn’t take much discussion for Brunswick County officials—county commissioners, school board members, the sheriff and their staffs—to agree to continue to provide deputies at elementary schools.

    After Monday’s joint meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education added a vote at their Jan. 8 regular meeting to allocate $245,838 from fund balance to offset costs for deputies in elementary schools for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year.

    On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously 4-0 to pay for the deputies.

  • Survey says: County salaries 8 percent less than market average

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employee salaries are averaging 8 percent below market average.

    That was the result of the salary study Dr. Jeff Ling, Evergreen Solutions executive vice president, presented to county commissioners on Jan. 8.

    “That’s not take home 8 percent. It’s not an 8 percent raise,” Ling said after the meeting.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate back to more than 10 percent

    Brunswick County was one of 81 counties in North Carolina whose unemployment rate increased in November.

    After dropping to 9.5 percent in October, Brunswick County’s number climbed back into double digits at 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,200 of the county’s 50,341 residents are unemployed.

    Statewide, unemployment rates decreased in 13 counties and were unchanged in six counties in November.

  • Lady Trojans lose 54-48 to West Bladen

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick girls’ varsity basketball team lost 54-48 Friday at West Bladen.
     “We played our best game of the season on Friday,” West Brunswick coach Mark Jones said.  “It was a tight game throughout and our girls played great.”
    Dazia Gause had her best game of her varsity career, grabbing 18 rebounds and scoring 14 points.
    Kianna Pigott scored 10 points and four steals and two blocks.
    Allison Brown scored nine points and four rebounds.