Local News

  • Carolina Shores budget retreat is Friday the 13th

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is getting ready for its annual retreat.

    The once-a-year daylong budgetary planning session starts at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13, in town commissioners’ chambers in Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Announcement of the upcoming retreat came at commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday, March 5.

    Commissioners will begin preliminary steps toward mapping out and planning the town budget for fiscal 2015-16.

  • Two men accused of sexually assaulting children

    Two Brunswick County accused of sexually assaulting children in separate cases were arrested Thursday, March 5.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 19-year-old Shimon Curtis Hales, of T Street, and charged him with three counts of statutory rape, three counts of sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. 

    The incidents, which involve a girl younger than 14 and a girl younger than 16, occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5, warrants show.

  • Sunshine Week open house March 16 in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores will have an open house to coincide with Sunshine Week.

    The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 16, at Carolina Shores Town Hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

    One the event agenda is an educational program followed by an open-house tour of town facilities.

  • Warren named interim director of administrative courts office

    Brunswick County District Court Judge Marion Warren has been named interim director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.

    Chief Justice Mark Martin appointed Warren to the post Friday, March 6.

    Warren will begin duties effective upon the retirement of current director Judge John W. Smith on May 1, according to an Administrative Office of the Courts news release.

  • Bolivia woman wins $20,000 in N.C. Education Lottery

    Brunswick County’s streak of lottery luck continues.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials announced Brandy Moore of Bolivia was the winner of $20,000 in the Joker’s Wild instant prize game.

    It’s the fourth time in less than a month someone from Brunswick County has won state lottery money.

  • One of two Winnabow house fire victims dies

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, has died, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. that day at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

    Powell’s mother, 70-year-old Sandra Powell, remains at the burn center but her condition is not known, Garner said.

  • Sunset Beach hearing supports ban on pools, crossovers

    SUNSET BEACH — The town board of adjustment has unanimously determined swimming pools and individual dune crossovers are not permitted in the Palm Cove development on the east end of the island.

    The decision came following a day-long hearing Feb. 24, which was continued this past Monday, March 2, with attorney arguments and the board’s decision.

  • Zoning, subdivision changes on Carolina Shores agenda March 5

    A public hearing on zoning map and subdivision text amendments is on the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ monthly agenda for their March 5 meeting.

    The board will have first reading and introduction of an ordinance to amend the zoning map for property on Calabash Road at the meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The board is scheduled to have first reading and introduction of an ordinance to amend the subdivision process to allow for more board input, with a public hearing also scheduled for the March 5 meeting.

  • Sunset Beach to send letters about groin, wind farm

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved sending a letter expressing concern about a proposed terminal groin for Ocean Isle Beach.

    Approval came with a 4-1 vote, with town councilman Wilson Sherrill casting a dissenting vote, at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting March 2.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed sending a letter to Braxton Davis, director of the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management.

  • OIB starts budget process at town board retreat

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began the budget process for the next fiscal year at a daylong board retreat Thursday, Feb. 26.

    Police Chief Ken Bellamy proposed the town buy three new police cars in the next budget year, instead two as planned, to standardize the fleet of SUVs.

    “We have 10 cars now. I’m asking to replace three. We still have in the budget this year for two,” he said.

    Bellamy would also like to increase the patrol division’s number of four-wheel drive vehicles to seven for use on the beach.