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Local News

  • NCDOT revises Southport Ferry toll hearing date and location

    Because of requests from local officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has changed the date and location of the ferry toll public hearing in Southport.

    That meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Southport City Hall, 201 E. Moore St.

  • Stewardship Development Awards presentation, luncheon is Feb. 19

    On Wednesday, Feb. 19, four distinguished regional projects will be recognized for their significant achievement and outstanding stewardship at the 2014 annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards luncheon.

    The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program honors residential, commercial and public development projects in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through protection, conservation, improvement and awareness of our natural resources.

  • Skywarn training Friday in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will host public Skywarn weather training for weather spotters at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash.

    Training is completely open to the public not only to attend but to participate in order to learn how to call in local weather circumstances to the National Weather Service.

    The training will be conducted by a representative of the National Weather Service.

    For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Carolina Shores residents speak out for recycling employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Several residents have spoken out on behalf of an employee at the town recycling center.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting Jan. 9, resident Frances Dibono questioned the actions of town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon. She said residents are also upset about recent treatment of town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin.

  • Carolina Shores mulls offer to replace recycling center employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town officials are mulling the possibility of replacing a town recycling center employee.

    Waste Industries, which handles pickup of household garbage, yard debris and recyclables at the town recycling center, has offered to provide one of its own employees at the center upon request by the town.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Sunset Beach bridge operator Bill Prince dies

    Bill Prince loved the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, so much so he taught himself how to craft replicas of the old span and even got a job as one of its operators.

    Nearly two decades after learning how to build and operate the old bridge, the Tabor City native has died — succumbing to a sudden illness Aug. 20 at 61.

    Prince was one of six operators who lost their jobs after the old bridge was finally shut down to make way for the new $44 million high-rise bridge towering above it on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.

  • Sunset Beach police search for robbery suspect

    Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of injuring a 90-year-old woman and stealing her purse during an Oct. 28 robbery in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Police are seeking information regarding a strong-arm robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, in the parking lot of the Walgreen’s in Sunset Beach, Deputy Police Chief Joe Smith said the woman was walking from her vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot to the store at 1:20 p.m. when a man approached, struggled with her, stole her purse and ran down Seaside Road.

  • Belville supports BCC for workforce development student

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will fund a student in Brunswick Community College’s workforce development program and may fund more in next year’s budget.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams and Velva Jenkins, BCC’s vice president of continuing education, economic and workforce development, made a presentation to the Belville town board Monday night, Oct. 27.

    Adams told the board members and Mayor Mike Allen the college, which is celebrating its 35 the year, serves 1,600 curriculum students and more than 2,000 workforce development students.

  • OIB puts $1.25 million behind Causeway Drive eminent domain action

    Ocean Isle Beach officials began the legal process, and opened their checkbook, to claim land for a public park.

    Attorneys for the town filed an eminent domain action Oct. 21 under Chapter 40A of the North Carolina General Statutes to acquire a vacant lot at Causeway Drive and Second Street for public use.

    The town board of commissioners passed a resolution to take the legal action at the Oct. 14 town meeting.

    OIB commissioners authorized the condemnation of the land as part of the eminent domain process.