Local News

  • Shallotte business owners want to form merchants group


    SHALLOTTE—A group of local merchants wants to join forces to promote local businesses.

    “We are trying to see if there is any interest in resurrecting the Shallotte Merchants Association,” said Jack Balkus, owner of Shallotte Cattle Barn.

    The idea is to have area merchants form their own committee to present ideas to the town.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies on 11-11-11 remember those who serve

    It was a day to pay tribute to soldiers past and present—those who have served and those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

    It was a day to remember—“11-11-11,” said Commander Bob Veach, drawing applause at the start of the 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony last Friday, Nov. 11, at Nocha White Calabash American Legion Post 503.

    The Post was one of several conducting Veterans Day ceremonies at the same time in Brunswick County.

  • Sea Trail Corp. authorized to sell property

    Sea Trail Corp. has been authorized to sell its residential lot inventory, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington.

    Simultaneously with filing of the motion to establish sale procedures, Sea Trail is filing a separate motion to sell properties “free and clear of liens,” as described in the motion.

  • Calabash board approves closed-session minutes from 2009-2011

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has approved closed-session minutes from meetings dating back to January 2009.

    Town commissioner Forrest King, speaking at the Nov. 10 town commissioners’ meeting, took issue with some minutes from previous closed sessions he said should be corrected.

    Fellow commissioner and mayor-elect Mary Knight also abstained from voting on approving the minutes. She had concerns about approving minutes that pre-dated her election to the board.

  • Carolina Shores golf course sale postponed

    CAROLINA SHORES—The pending foreclosure sale of Carolina Shores Golf Course has been postponed until Dec. 9.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett announced the postponement at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 10.

    The golf course has recently undergone new management, although it is still owned by Mike Matheny, who has been dealing with pending foreclosure proceedings by Waccamaw Bank that keep getting postponed at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

  • Salary, park site hot topics in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town salary comparisons and the town’s new park site drew heated debate at a town council workshop that last almost four hours Tuesday.

    Town councilman Lou De Vita presented a lengthy slideshow showing town salary comparisons between Sunset Beach and what he deemed more similar North Carolina coastal towns of Emerald Isle, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Wrightsville Beach.

  • Sunset Beach authorizes payment for easements at West Canal Avenue

    SUNSET BEACH—The town of Sunset Beach is buying easements from three property owners in connection with a land dispute at West Canal Avenue.

    Town council unanimously approved at its Oct. 18 workshop authorizing $29,200 for acquisition of easements from Margaret McCarrel, Sharon Quick and Ronald Sutphin for a roadbed and property between the roadbed and dedicated right-of-way for West Canal Avenue.

  • New Sunset Beach councilman saves a life

    SUNSET BEACH—It happened during a recent cruise to the Mediterranean.

    New town councilman-elect Mike Williams was on a two-week trip last month with his wife, Bev, and Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein and his wife, Myrt, when he noticed someone choking.

    “I could tell she was choking on the other side of the dining room,” said Williams, relating the incident that occurred while they were having dinner board their cruise ship.

  • New dog-walk area to be installed at county shelter

    BOLIVIA—It’s a done deal—soon the Brunswick County Animal Shelter will be getting a dog-walk and pet recreation area for use by volunteers and people interested in adopting a pet.

    Brunswick County Animal Services officials outlined details at a county environmental health board meeting Monday night.

    David Stanley, director of the Brunswick County Health Department, told the board the fenced area would be funded from a $3,000 donation previously given to the department.

  • Community Tea Party event and free barbecue Saturday in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A free community Tea Party and barbecue event will unfold Saturday, Nov. 19, at Beach Mart on the Holden Beach causeway.

    Lyn Holden, owner of the Beach Mart and event organizer, will host his fourth Tea Party event at the store this Saturday from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

    “We’re trying to get people out to vote and vote with an educated mind. This country needs some better direction. The country is headed in the wrong direction,” Holden said.