Local News

  • Meetings focus on road plans for future traffic

    The Carolina Bays highway plan to extend S.C. 31 into North Carolina has the support of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) joint transportation organization to include in North Carolina’s transportation priority list.

    But Horry County, S.C., voters put a down payment on their part of the project in the Nov. 8 general election.

  • Belville ready to build town hall if state approves financing agreement

    BELVILLE — The public didn’t come out to speak on Belville’s plan to finance building a town hall site at a special public hearing Nov. 2, but town officials did, agreeing to proceed with the plan.

    Belville’s town council approved a financing plan at the meeting, but Town Attorney Jim Eldridge emphasized the action taken did not execute it.

    The board, which voted unanimously, 4-0, agreed to submit the financing plan to the state’s Local Government Commission, which is part of the state treasurer’s department.

  • Ocean Isle Beach receives CAMA permit for terminal groin

    Ocean Isle Beach received approval for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) major permit, putting it a step closer to building a terminal groin.

    The town submitted an application for the permit allowing the terminal groin in an Area of Environmental Concern to the Department of Environmental Quality on June 10.

    The Division of Coastal Management had 75 days from the application submission to review the terminal groin application.

  • New member to join Leland economic development committee

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee could have a new member by its December meeting.

    The LEDC met Nov. 10 and discussed replacing Jenny Harris, who had to resign from the board, citing to conflicts with her travel and job responsibilities as southeast regional manager for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

    Harris was appointed to the LEDC on Jan. 21. Her term expires June 30, 2018.

  • Sunset Beach bans cabanas

    SUNSET BEACH — Following more than an hour of debate, including numerous citizen comments on both sides of the issue, Sunset Beach Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday morning to ban cabanas on the beach.

    The Nov. 15 vote comes after weeks, months and even years of conflict over whether Sunset Beach should continue to allow the bulky shade-providing tents in the heat of summer. Sunset Beach was one of the last beachside towns in the region to continue to allow them.

  • S.C. fugitive caught in Sunset Beach incident

    SUNSET BEACH — A fugitive from Myrtle Beach, S.C., has been arrested in an Oct. 28 incident in which a Sunset Beach police officer was injured at a local pharmacy.

    Keith Sessoms, 36, of 7129 Clay Pond Road was apprehended Nov. 8, by U.S. Marshals in New York City, Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith said.

    Sessoms was sought following an incident involving a forged prescription at CVS on Beach Drive where Sunset Beach Police Detective Stan Gurganus suffered minor injuries.

  • Sunset Beach dredges up more on dredging

    SUNSET BEACH — A community meeting last Saturday about dredging has dredged up more worries, town councilman Richard Cerrato said at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, three days after the special Nov. 12 meeting.

    “We received many emails after the Saturday meeting,” Cerrato said. “I walked away with many concerns.”

    He said he also has questions about impacted owners and the assessed increase on their homes if dredging of canals and waterways on the east side of the island is ultimately approved.

  • New Carolina Shores radar trailer gauging speed

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town’s new radar speed trailer launched recently, clocking how fast people are driving into the town recycling center.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said the $13,500 mileage indicator provides good data and interface for the town.

    In addition to posting speeds, the digital device posts messages for drivers to “slow down” if they’re over a certain threshold and exceeding the speed limit.

  • Calabash debates summer concert series

    CALABASH — A town commissioner questioned the town’s summer concert series this year as those in charge presented the town with a check for more than $8,500 in proceeds.

    Commissioner Daria Buccilli said she didn’t like the way things were presented to the board when it approved contributing to the series this past summer.

    Buccilli’s remarks followed a presentation by event coordinator Evon Legenzoff with Grand Strand Realty Group at the monthly board meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 9.

  • BFA Thrift Store makes changes

    The Brunswick Family Assistance Thrift Store stands to benefit from suggested improvements, according to an assessment by a University of North Carolina at Wilmington group charged with evaluating nonprofits.

    Since that assessment, some of those changes have been implemented at the BFA Thrift Store, located next door to BFA headquarters in Twin Creek Plaza at 4600 Main St. in Shallotte, including new management, reduced employee work hours and rearrangement and pricing changes of merchandise.