Local News

  • 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.

  • Elections canvass doesn’t change results of local races

    BOLIVIA—The results are in—again—and nothing has changed in the results of last week’s municipal elections.

    Sarah Knotts, deputy director of Brunswick County Board of Elections, said elections officials completed their required elections canvass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

    The now-certified elections results did not change as a result of the canvass, Knotts said.

  • Calabash Mayor-elect Mary Knight already getting to work

    CALABASH—Just a week after being elected mayor, Mary Knight is wasting no time.

    After being elected unopposed in Calabash’s Nov. 8 municipal races, at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, Knight was scheduled to meet with town staff about proposed plans to install new walkways in Calabash’s downtown business district.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance, town clerk Kelley Southward and Knight “have been working very, very hard on this,” Knight said.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until December

    BOLIVIA—A special exception hearing for proposed expansion to the county’s construction and demolition landfill has been continued until next month.

    At their meeting Monday Nov. 14, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted to continue a quasi-judicial hearing for a special exception permit to expand the county’s construction and demolition landfill until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.