Local News

  • Challengers win many seats

    Preliminary election results show Leland’s mayor kept her seat while Carolina Shores’ mayor lost his, only one incumbent returned to the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners and two challengers defeated two incumbent Sunset Beach town councilmen in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election.
    In addition, the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO sanitary district effort to build a reverse osmosis water treatment plant will face more obstacles as two candidates who campaigned in opposition of the plant were voted to the district’s board of commissioners.

  • Board of education seeks $175M bond on 2016 ballot

     BOLIVIA — For the last several months, Brunswick County Board of Education members have discussed the possibility of requesting a bond referendum be added to the Nov. 8, 2016, general election ballot.

    They voted 3-2 to approve the $175 million bond referendum request Tuesday, Nov. 3, during operations and finance committee meetings in the district’s administrative offices in Bolivia.

    Board vice chairwoman Shirley Babson, John Thompson and Bud Thorsen approved the request while chairwoman Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller cast dissenting votes.

  • Water closure cancels Varnamtown oyster roast

    For the first time in 62 years, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown has had to cancel its annual oyster roast .

    The 62nd event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, was canceled Tuesday because of closure of local waters attributed to rainfall and runoff.

    At 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3, Louis B. Daniel, director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, issued a proclamation stating all waters between Southport and the South Carolina state line have been temporarily closed because of the polluted shellfish area.

  • Phase 2 park facilities approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved Phase 2 gazebo and restroom facilities for Sunset Beach Town Park.

    The board voted in favor of work calling for a longer-lasting metal roof design at its monthly meeting Monday night, Nov. 2.

    Estimated costs in the park design and development capital project ordinance amendment include $90,000 for restrooms, $75,000 for a gazebo, $20,000 for water and sewer hookup and $5,000 for paver entryways installation.

  • Shallotte diner stirs up soup kitchen for holidays and 'every day'

    ‘Tis the season for serving food to the less fortunate, Nick and Tracy Gavrilis believe.

    Last Friday, the owners of Old Shally’s Diner at 5300 S. Main St. in Shallotte launched what’s been initially touted as a holiday season soup kitchen from 2 to 3 p.m. weekdays.

    Nick said as long as he’s owner of the restaurant, their hope is for the soup kitchen to be an everyday event, not just during the holidays.

  • Carolina Shores estimates $226,000 in storm costs

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to address an estimated $226,000 in flood-recovery costs as numbers are updated by town staff.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, town administrator Jon Mendenhall outlined estimated expenses for Oct. 2-5 storm including $110,000 for canals, $100,000 for a dump truck and jetter, $11,000 for road repair and $5,000 for response.

  • Calabash to consider Kingfish Bay permitting Thursday

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting and public hearing for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, to consider a request for a conditional use permit for a residential cluster development in the R-6 zone for Kingfish Bay at 9375 Beach Drive.

    The session will take place at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road.

    The town planning and zoning board on Oct. 7 unanimously approved preliminarily recommending a proposal by Modular Plans North America to resume work in Kingfish Bay, where work stalled years ago in the wake of the recession.

  • Calabash Fire Department, October 2015

    During October, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 174 calls: three structure fires, one woods/brush fire, eight fire alarms, one investigation, 10 motor vehicle accidents, one water rescue, 15 flood-related calls, one hazmat call, 13 assist citizens calls, three other, and 118 EMS first response calls.

    The water rescue call involved launch of the department’s new fireboat in response to a boat in distress call.

    All storm-related water rescue calls fall under the flood-related category.

  • Leland pedestrian plan to be developed

    Leland is developing a comprehensive pedestrian plan to improve all aspects of the pedestrian experience and ultimately increase pedestrian activity in Leland. The plan will establish the policies, programs, design criteria and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort and access in Leland.

  • Innovation Council to be established

    The organizing partners for the Wilmington/Carolina Coast collaboration, comprised of representatives from Leland, Brunswick County, Wilmington, UNCW, NC Biotech SE, Marine Bio-Technology Center of Innovation, New Hanover County and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, have selected about 30 community leaders to form an Innovation Council to participate in the InnovateNC program.

    The IC had a kickoff meeting Oct. 20. The IC members represent a broad and diverse cross-section of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.