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Local News

  • Corrections

    A story published in the Jan 25 edition contained an error. Dare to Care for Children’s Skip Wittkofsky and Skip Watkins, New Hanover County commissioner and New Hanover Regional Medical Center trustee, donated 175 tickets to the Cape Fear Fair and Expo for the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Wilmington to share with families.

  • Lockwood Folly dredging project delayed, another to start soon

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials planned for two attempts to dredge the Lockwood Folly Inlet navigation channel in late 2017.

    One plan will have to wait until late 2018 or 2019.

    Ken Willson represents Aptim Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina Inc., the firm commissioners unanimously approved hiring at their Nov. 20 meeting to study the feasibility of a “piggyback” pipeline dredge project.

  • Officials support request to name I-140 bridge for Sue

    The family and friends of former Brunswick County commissioner Bill Sue want the recently opened Interstate 140 bridge over the Cape Fear River named for him.

    Brunswick County commissioners and Leland town council members each approved a resolution supporting the request at their January meetings.

    Sue served as a Brunswick County commissioner for 18 years from 1994 through 2012, and for five years served as its chairman.

    Assistant County Manager Steve Stone said Bill Sue’s wife, Bidgie, started the process to name the bridge.

  • Sunset Beach ponders proposed no wake zone

    SUNSET BEACH — Residents had an opportunity to ask questions and make comments at a no-wake-zone hearing Monday night in Sunset Beach.

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission conducted the Feb. 5 hearing as part of a process to establish a no wake zone along the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of the Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge and the WRC boat launch and pier.

    The session was conducted by Betsy Haywood, WRC community liaison and no wake zone coordinator, who said the measure is out of safety concerns.

  • Carolina Shores casts unanimous board choice

    CAROLINA SHORES — Beverly Mayhew, an alternate town planning board member, has been appointed as a Carolina Shores commissioner by unanimous vote of the town board.

    Mayhew was named at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Feb. 5, following a tally of paper ballots submitted by other commissioners. She will fill a seat vacated when former town commissioner Mary Timothy resigned last December.

    Mayhew will take the oath of office at the town board’s monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 8.

  • Carolina Shores residents complain about clear-cutting

    CAROLINA SHORES — More than 40 residents turned out for a community meeting initiated by Mayor Joyce Dunn last week to address complaints about recent clear-cutting off Thomasboro Road.

    Dunn said she called the Jan. 30 meeting in response to complaints about the contracted work to enable access to a stormwater runoff canal between Pinewood Drive and the Village at Calabash off Thomasboro Road.

  • Sunset Beach board tweaks overlay, parking changes

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board approved a text amendment for the town’s overlay zoning district development standards at a Feb. 1 meeting.

    The amendment alters text to add clarification regarding when overlay conditions must be met by existing development, bicycle parking requirements, lighting requirements and shared dumpster/refuse enclosures.

  • Sunset Beach approves better business committee

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Monday night approved creating a committee to help improve relations between the town and businesses in the community.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato, who raised the issue, said, “I’m looking for advice from council and input from citizens about how to restore the relationship. It has been fractured.

    “I don’t have the solution, but it’s a problem,” he said. “We all need to bang our heads together to see what we can do to restore the fractured relationship.”

  • Former Carolina Shores commissioner John Russo dies

    Former Carolina Shores Town Commissioner John Russo has died.

    Russo’s passing this past weekend was announced at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning, Feb. 5.

    Russo, 85, served for eight years as a town commissioner from 2007 to 2015. He also served on the board of the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association for a number of years, including serving as president.

  • Awareness session tracks opioid epidemic

    CALABASH — Concerned citizens and law enforcement officials converged to address the prescription opioid epidemic at a community awareness session last Wednesday night, Jan. 31.