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Today's News

  • GOP overrides Perdue’s budget veto late Monday night

    RALEIGH—For the second consecutive year, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state’s budget crafted by the Republican-led legislature.

    And for the second consecutive year, the Republican majority was able to secure enough votes to override her veto.

    Perdue vetoed the $20.2 billion budget Friday, June 29, and lawmakers were scheduled to vote to override her veto Monday evening, July 2. A three-fifths majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto.

  • Sunset Beach Boating Access Area opens with rescue-boat dip in waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Sunset Beach Boating Access Area is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, June 29.

    Town and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials took part in the official boat-launch opening at 101 Sunset Blvd. in the mainland-side footprint of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge. The site includes a boat ramp built by the Wildlife Resources Commission, floating dock, breakwaters, parking area and small fishing pier, available free of charge for public use.

  • Justice for Jaronn: Questioning how and why

     

    As a reporter I am used to asking questions. Sometimes the answers are obvious and other times they are hidden.

    This Sunday evening before the Fourth of July, I have one question that has plagued me since March 1 when I first found out a 3-year-old child had been dropped off at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center and died shortly after.

    How could anyone kill a 3-year-old child?

    I just don’t understand.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests over the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jonathan Siler, 27, of 583 North Mulberry Road, Shallotte, was arrested during a traffic stop for outstanding warrants.

  • 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.

  • Looking Back 1986-1988

    January 1986 started with the first baby of the New Year being born to Brenda Purdy of Shallotte. The baby girl, who was born at 3:53 p.m. on Jan. 1, was yet to be named.

    Front-page headlines for the month included a fire gutting the former Laten Reaves home and the announcement that filing was about to begin for sheriff and other political offices.

    Revaluation figures arrived and the county tax offices said their phones were ringing off the hook. In late January a snow flurry created excitement throughout the county.

  • Report: Blunt-force trauma killed child

     

    SHALLOTTE—A 3-year-old Shallotte boy was murdered on March 1 and still no one has been charged for his death.

    A recently released autopsy report from the state medical examiner says the child died from blunt force trauma, which included nearly 50 bruises on his body and a lacerated liver.

  • Calabash hires new town attorney

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash has hired a new attorney.

    At a special called meeting June 25, the board of commissioners voted to hire Mac Tyson as the town’s new attorney, effective immediately.

    Tyson, of Holden Beach, was chosen among three applicants who were interviewed in open session by town commissioners for the position. Tyson replaces former town attorney Mark Lewis, who was not re-interviewed for the position.

    Other finalists were attorney Holt Moore and attorneys with Cox & Watts law firm of Shallotte.

  • Beekeepers can dip into a honey of a class

    Beekeepers in the Cape Fear Region are invited to enroll in an upcoming school to help take better care of their honey-makers.

    Honey Bee Education and Research is offering what is described as an intensive Intermediate/Advanced Beekeepers School that starts Tuesday, July 10, and concludes Sept. 11.

    The school will convene 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Poplar Grove Plantation in north Wilmington. Brunswick County beekeepers are encouraged to attend.

    North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper Barry Harris will be teaching the Tuesday classes.

  • A flag for every occasion is available in Shallotte

     

    SHALLOTTE—Every day of the year, not just on the Fourth of July, one Shallotte store proudly flies a flag.

    Several of them, actually.

    The Brunswick Square Village on Main Street in Shallotte is home to Flags and More owned and operated by Rita and David Moore. The store offers flag-lovers a variety from the American flag to garden flags and sports teams and more.

    The store opened in August 2011as a way for the Moores to earn extra income after David became ill.