Local News

  • Robbery at the Ocean Isle Beach Dollar General

    An armed robbery Sunday evening in Ocean Isle Beach has some residents on edge.

    A little before 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 two people entered the Dollar General Store at 6675 Beach Drive, SW and robbed the store at gun point. No one was injured during the robbery. There were customers and employees inside the store.

    Immediately following the robbery, officers with the sheriff’s department searched the area for the suspects.

    At press time they still had not been apprehended.

  • Judge halts Warren’s removal hearing

    A court order has halted a hearing to remove county commissioner Charles Warren from his post on the county’s social services board.

    Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenberry on Thursday granted Warren a temporary restraining order, which protects him from removal proceedings scheduled for Tuesday.

    The hearing, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, was to determine if there was just cause to remove Warren from the county’s social services board.

  • Sunset Beach council approves new restrooms for island


    SUNSET BEACH—Before the next tourist season, new restrooms should be in place on the island.

    Monday night, Sunset Beach Town Council approved ordering two new restroom facilities for the gazebo area for March installation.

    The cost for the facilities will be $84,000. Council opted for beige as the color.


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  • Holden Beach OKs terminal-groin pursuit

    HOLDEN BEACH—It’s official—the town of Holden Beach is pursuing the possibility of having a terminal groin installed on the east end of the island.

    And the first step comes with a price tag of about $300,000.

    At a special meeting Jan. 4, the town board of commissioners unanimously approved hiring Dial Cordy Associates, a Wilmington environmental consulting firm, to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS).

  • Wind insurance rates discussed at Holden Beach meeting

    Homeowners in North Carolina’s coastal counties pay wind insurance rates three, four or five times higher than those inland, said Tyler Newman, a representative for BASE (Business Alliance For a Sound Economy/Home Builders Association).

    “The assumption is most of the wind losses are in the coastal counties,” he said, “but 70 percent were west of the red line (roughly west of I-95) on the map.”

    Newman spoke at the Holden Beach commissioners meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

  • Brunswick Habitat building on accomplishments for new year

    Six families have decent roofs over their heads thanks to the efforts of Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in the previous calendar year.

    Erecting six new homes at various sites throughout Brunswick County was just one of the local habitat chapter’s accomplishments in 2011.

    There was also a changing-of-the-guard at the local habitat chapter as Deanna Antonio stepped up from administrative associate to become its new executive director upon former director Gary Knapp’s retirement this past April.

  • Thanks for helping with Relay floats

    To the editor:
    The Relay For Life of Brunswick County committee would like to thank everyone involved in the Christmas parade floats for Relay.
    We are thrilled to announce that we won first place in nonprofits in Shallotte and second place in Leland.
    Thank you so much for all your help and support and we look forward to a fantastic year.
    Alicia Sides
    Relay For Life Committee 2012

  • Dredging focus of latest meeting at Ocean Isle Beach


    OCEAN ISLE BEACH —Town commissioners discussed dredging of natural canals on the island at their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    In past years, the natural canals are dredged at a depth of 6 feet; however, this year the project engineer is recommending the town seek modifications to current permits to allow dredging up to 7 feet.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator, advised the dredging of the natural canals occurs on a five-year cycle.

  • Local business wants to put steel docks along Shallotte River Neighbors speak out against plan in town hearing

    SHALLOTTE— Inlet View Bar and Grill owners want to build steel docks along the Shallotte River at Shallotte Point, but some residents aren’t happy about it.

    Some residents spoke out against the plan at Monday’s board of aldermen meeting.

    During public hearing, aldermen discussed rezoning two riverfront properties containing 2.25 acres at 1800 Village Pont Road from highway business (HB) and multi-family residential (MF-14) to commercial waterfront (CW).

    Among resident concerns is potential interference with navigation in the water.

  • Got your flu shot? It's not too late

    BOLIVIA—Flu season is right on schedule.

    Though the season has been mild so far, the number of reported cases is starting to pick up a little in January.

    Fred Michael, deputy health director for the Brunswick County Health Department, says it’s also not too late to get a flu shot.

    This season, the county health department has administered a record number of immunizations—6,300 at last count.