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  • Towns, residents struggle with erosion, looking for solutions

    Thirteen years ago, Eli Gold and his wife, Claudette, had a plan. They purchased the last house on East Third Street in Ocean Isle Beach and planned to retire there full-time once their daughter went to college.

    They never dreamed their retirement plan would be at risk of one day being swallowed by the sea.

    Thirteen years ago, the Golds’ house was behind four other houses. Third Street extended beyond their property line, and the town’s infrastructure was intact.

    Over the years, “the erosion eventually won,” Eli Gold said.

  • Barber snippy about forced sign removal

    SUNSET BEACH—For the past year and a half, barber Richard Candlemo said he was allowed to have a directional sign to his shop in the Seaside business complex.

    That all changed last week when the town told him the sign was a violation and he had to remove it.

    Last week, the owner of Richard’s Barber Shop was warned by the town building department he would be fined $50 a day if he didn’t remove the sign from his parking space at the complex.

  • Sunset Beach: No segue for Segways unless on 25 mph street

    SUNSET BEACH—Judy Panarello tried to bring Segways to town to give people a different segue into Sunset Beach.

    But town rules placed limitations on the electric two-wheelers, so Panarello moved her Segway tours a little farther south to Little River, S.C.

    For starters, Segways are only allowed on streets with speed limits not exceeding 25 miles per hour.

    Panarello, a partner with Myrtle Beach Segway, says she also isn’t allowed to rent the vehicles within town limits.

  • New Hope Clinic grand opening in Boiling Spring Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Welcoming visitors to New Hope Clinic’s new 4,000-square-foot facility, nursing coordinator Barbara Lidoski said it was a far cry from the nonprofit’s previous clinic housed at two rented storage offices on N.C. 211.

    “It was tiny, tiny, tiny,” Lidoski said Saturday of the old clinic during grand opening festivities of the new facility at 201 West Boiling Spring Road.

  • Man makes pitch for ditch in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—John Tutchton brought pictures of an overgrown ditch to a recent town meeting, pictures nobody clamored to see.

    The Village at Calabash resident asked who is responsible for cleaning the tree- and brush-choked gully that extends from the neighborhood’s entrance to the boundaries of the former Calabash Golf Links course.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls responded the community’s POA owns the ditch.

    “The town does not,” he said.

  • Ports Authority puts NCIT project on hold

    The N.C. State Ports Authority released a statement Wednesday saying the proposed N.C. International Terminal project for the Southport area has been placed "on hold."

    "The NC State Ports Authority has heard and respects the concerns voiced by local communities and our elected officials and is placing the proposed NC International Terminal (NCIT) project on hold," the statement from communications director Shannon Moody states.

  • 11 of 19 Brunswick County schools make AYP

    BOLIVIA— Eleven of the 19 Brunswick County Schools—57.9 percent—made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Economic development, job training in state budget

    Local economic development and job training officials are happy about the state’s 2010-2011 budget, which includes continued funding for a number of job creation opportunities in Brunswick County and the surrounding region.

  • Holden Beach man saves vacationer’s life during water rescue

    HOLDEN BEACH—Retired firefighter Steve Greene thought he’d left his lifesaving days behind him when he moved here three years ago, but last Saturday put him back on the job—and many people are glad he was there.

    Greene and his wife Becky were spending time on the Holden Beach strand Saturday when Becky noticed something in the water.

    “I looked up and thought it was either a deflated raft or a person,” Steve Greene recalled.

    He immediately ran to check and found it was a person and she needed help.

  • Shallotte planners recommend more neighbor input on zoning changes

    The Shallotte Planning Board is recommending a change to the town’s rezoning regulations to give residents more input into zoning changes that affect their neighborhoods.

    At last week’s meeting, the board recommended adding a requirement to notify adjacent property owners of planning board meetings so they can voice their opinions before the issue goes to the board of aldermen.

    Town planner Allen Serkin explained that a group of residents on Hinson Street attended last month’s meeting to find out about a proposed rezoning in their neighborhood.