Local News

  • Commissioners prioritize projects for recovery zone bonds

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved five infrastructure projects to benefit from recovery zone bonds.

    With $2.8 million in economic development bonds available for projects within a county-designated recovery zone, commissioners chose to move forward with one sewer line expansion project, three water line expansion projects and the Leland library expansion project.

    Commissioners have until Dec. 15 to declare the recovery zone, but they were cautioned to keep the recovery zone broad to include all projects.

  • New Hope Clinic breaks ground on new, larger facility in Boiling Spring Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—With the flick of a shovel, staff, volunteers and community members broke ground on the future New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    On Friday, Nov. 6, community members and clinic staff and volunteers gathered on the vacant lot on West Boiling Spring Road to commence the construction of the new nonprofit clinic.

  • Flood watch, wind advisory in effect for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Brunswick County, in effect through Thursday night. A wind advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Thursday.

    Sustained winds will be about 15-25 mph, with gusts expected as high as 35 mph. Winds at these speeds could impact driving, especially in high profile vehicles. Use caution when driving, especially on bridges and overpasses.

    With saturated grounds, NWS warns of the possibility of downed trees. Some power outages may be possible.

  • Animal shelter readies for new gas chamber

    Animal activists hoped the Brunswick County Animal Shelter had done away with its last gas chamber, but a new one is on the way.

    Southport resident Peter MacQueen, president of The Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, said last week he hoped the shelter would do away with its carbon monoxide animal euthanasia chamber after it failed to meet specifications in a recent inspection.

    But Brunswick County Environmental Health Director David Stanley said this week the old gas chamber has been removed to make way for a new one.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Outgoing board member cites mayor's meeting prayers in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner Gere Dale last week took issue with prayers Mayor Stephen Selby regularly says at town meetings.

    Meanwhile, the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores continued to ask questions about contracts approved for town administrator Linda Herncane and assistant administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The contracts were ratified by the board at the Nov. 5 meeting.

  • Developer shushed at Calabash meeting

    CALABASH—Jim Myers waited for the duration of Tuesday night’s town commissioners’ meeting to speak, once again, about Shallotte Partners’ proposed multi-family and commercial development on the east end of town.

    It’s a scenario the developer of the planned Calabash Town Center at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads has gone through repeatedly for the past year with both this board and the town planning and zoning board.

  • Will R.C. Soles Jr. serve another term?

    With criminal investigations and some unsavory allegations swirling around him, state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. has begun to consider not serving a 22nd term in the North Carolina legislature.

    He has not decided against seeking an 18th term in the North Carolina Senate in 2010.

    “My plans are to run again, and if it were today, I would file,” Soles said Tuesday.

  • Town talks about out-of-control vegetation ordinance

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An amendment to the town’s noxious vegetation ordinance raised questions among some commissioners Tuesday morning at the Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting.

    “We did work on this ordinance last month, and the town attorney has requested an additional clarification in regards to the definition,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said.

  • Altered plans get informal approval from Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—A developer got an informal go-ahead last week to convert 28 planned townhouses into 19 single-family homesites instead.

    David Wilkes of Dock Street Communities distributed handouts showing altered plans for Seaside Village.

    He noted construction started in 2006 near Ingram Planetarium. Of 55 current standing townhomes, he said all but six sold.

    With changes in the real estate market, “we’re trying to adapt as quickly as possible,” Wilkes said at the Nov. 5 town planning board meeting.

  • Groundbreaking launches sewer project in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town’s new sewer project officially launched Friday with a groundbreaking on the Sunset Beach mainland.

    Town and county officials took part in the ceremony at the corner of Oyster Pointe and Oyster Bay drives.

    That was the site chosen for the groundbreaking, but it’s not necessarily where the actual digging will begin, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said this week.

    A contractor at a pre-construction meeting Friday said he isn’t sure where the project will start.