Local News

  • Unplatting a Caribbean dream may be in the future

    A Caribbean dream has turned into a muddled affair for banks, property owners and the Town of Shallotte.

    San Rio Ocean and River Club, 580 Gray Bridge Road, under the court-appointed leadership of Landtech Receiver Services LLC, a Columbia, S.C.-based company, seeks final plat approval to abandon phase three of the development and release from the previous bond.

  • Not on sale? It may be within the week


    It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and already deals are flying off the shelves at local retailers.

    With Christmas a little more than a month away, the shopping season is already well under way. The sale season used to begin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, with retailers offering special discounts for a limited time. This year many local stores are already marking down prices.

  • Sunset Beach Parking Committee meets Monday for public input

    The Sunset Beach Parking Committee will meet in the Council Chambers at Town Hall on Monday, Nov. 22, from 1-3 p.m.

    The purpose of this meeting is to hear public comments and to hold a discussion concerning the parking committee draft recommendations.

    Public comments will be heard from 1-2 p.m.

    The committee has also scheduled a second meeting on Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The purpose of this meeting also is to hear public comments and to hold a discussion concerning the parking committee draft recommendations. Public comments will be heard from 6-7 p.m.

  • County recycling talks may be stalled

    A recent North Carolina School of Government legal opinion that says counties cannot levy a recycling fee may affect county residents’ hopes to bring countywide curbside recycling to Brunswick County by next year.

    At a meeting with town officials from the county’s 19 municipalities, assistant county manager Steve Stone told officials recycling was an issue “that I think there has been a tremendous amount of interest expressed here in the county about recycling.”

  • Carolina Shores adjusts for retirement, resignations

    CAROLINA SHORES—Now that longtime town administrator Linda Herncane has given notice she’s retiring, the town will soon begin the process of looking for her replacement.

    “I can’t speak for the whole board, but it would be good to have somebody with administrative experience in managing a small town,” Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said this week.

  • Family Dollar, cupcake shop added to Calabash business lineup

    CALABASH—A new Family Dollar store and a new cupcake shop have made their business debut in Calabash.

    The new Family Dollar store, at 10215 Beach Drive, was already drawing a steady array of customers when it opened last week, including a grand opening Saturday when $5 gift cards were given out to the first 50 customers.

    The new 6,000-square-foot store exemplifies a “new concept for Family Dollar,” regional training store manager Bill Pinkerton said.

  • Brick sales to aid funding for Calabash's future park

    CALABASH—The town is proceeding with plans to sell heritage bricks as a fundraiser for its future park.

    “We’re trying to make it affordable for the folks in our community,” town commissioner Mary Knight said at the board’s Nov. 9 monthly meeting.

    Fellow commissioner Forrest King said they’re actually looking at a couple of different companies to hire to produce the bricks, which can be engraved for future installation in the park.

  • FEMA centers close; residents can still apply for assistance online

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers throughout Eastern North Carolina have closed, but residents affected by Tropical Storm Nicole flooding can still apply for assistance online.

    Patricia Whitt, public affairs officer for FEMA, said the Brunswick County Disaster Recovery Center closed Saturday, Nov. 13.

    Affected residents can apply for assistance online or by phone until Dec. 13, Whitt said.

  • New executive director joins the Brunswick County Literacy Countil

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) welcomed a new executive director the first of October. Dorothy (Dot) Hoerr joined the team at the BCLC with an enthusiasm for reaching more residents in the upcoming year.

    “An estimated 51 percent of Brunswick County residents, approximately 42,000 people, ages 16 and older, read at no higher than a fourth-grade level,” Hoerr quoted from the BCLC brochure.

  • Canvass doesn’t change election results

    Not much has changed in the past two weeks—at least as far as election results are concerned.

    Friday’s elections canvass didn’t change any results from the General Election, almost two weeks earlier on Nov. 4, Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said following Friday morning’s canvass.

    Ashcraft said the canvass determined the number of votes received by write-in candidates.