Local News

  • Calabash VFW Chaplain to migrate back to northern home

    While many move to the Carolinas to escape northern winters, Calabash VFW Post 7288 chaplain Ed Wood is trying it the other way around—he’s heading north.

    A founding member of the post in 1985, Wood has served as chaplain for 10 of those years as well as a past commander.

  • Calabash board studies sewer payback plan options

    CALABASH—Very preliminary sewer assessment payback options were outlined Tuesday night by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    Proposed options, which have not been adopted by the town or Brunswick County, would consist of a three-year plan, a six-year plan at 2.8 percent or a 10-year plan at 2.25 percent interest.

    “These are sewer charges are incentives to pay back the money in the first year,” Clemmons said.

  • Annexation moratorium could affect Calabash efforts

    CALABASH—If a statewide involuntary annexation moratorium is approved, it could stop pending annexation in Calabash.

    “Our attempts for involuntary annexation would come to a halt,” Calabash town administrator Vincent Long said of the moratorium approved by the state house and pending in the state senate.

    “It’s a looming issue, but we’re still moving forward,” Long said this week.

    Long was referring to an effort launched by town commissioners June 10 to pursue involuntary annexation of 174.4 acres along Beach Drive.

  • Carolina Shores opens new 2,200 square foot town hall annex

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town leaders and certain employees have started moving into the new town hall addition that has just been completed.

    The 2,200-square-foot structure is to provide additional office space for a town staff that was starting to outgrow the original brick town hall building built almost a decade ago on Persimmon Road.

    The new, connecting annex will provide sorely needed space for 11 new offices for town administration and finance departments, as well as three restrooms and a reception area.

  • Wily coyote possibly on loose in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Residents in the Village at Calabash are being warned about a possible coyote on the loose in their neighborhood.

    Bill Brennan, Village at Calash POA president, said recent incidents, including the killing of a duck this past Sunday night, are being attributed to a coyote.

    A resident recently photographed an animal roaming the community after dark that is believed to be a coyote.

    Brennan said a former animal control officer who lives in the neighborhood identified the mystery animal as a coyote.

  • New Holden Beach town hall / police station 40 percent complete

    Holden Beach's new town hall/police department is on schedule and 40 percent complete, architect Jim Stewart said in an interview Tuesday night after he updated Holden Beach Commissioners.

    The $4 million building—triple the size of the previous structure—is scheduled to be completed in January 2009.

    Stewart told commissioners during their regularly schedule meeting Tuesday night in the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall that construction workers will have all the upper trusses in place by the end of this week.

  • Ocean Isle Beach board to negotiate possible wireless tower

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—There’s a stretch of Four Mile Road in Ocean Isle Beach where ATMC wireless customers might lose signal, but ATMC has come up with a solution.

    A request for an additional 150-foot wireless tower was presented Tuesday to the Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners along with eight suggested tracts for the tower location.

    “They have come to us with this proposal to help all the communities,” town administrator Daisy Ivey said.

  • Planning board OKs preliminary plat for new development

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of the preliminary plat for the Lake Serene development off Todd Road.

    The property is 51 acres in the town limits now zoned multi-family with a planned residential development overlay. The Lake Serene development will consist of 72 single-family homes and 35 multi-family homes, agent Margaret Grey, representing McKim and Creed Engineers, told planning board members.

    According to Grey, the development will use county water and town sewer.

  • House OKs annexation moratorium, study commission

    The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill establishing a nine-month moratorium on involuntary annexations and setting up a study commission to consider revamping the state’s annexation laws.

    Locally, members of the Shallotte Point Preservation Group (SPPG) favor the moratorium and revisions to the policy. If the bill passes the Senate, they believe it will be a good opportunity for town officials to discuss long-range planning with them.

  • Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment nixes store trailer

    SUNSET BEACH—Two storeowners’ quest to keep their storage trailer was denied last week by the town board of adjustment.

    Marc Kaplan and Cliff Errickson, owner of The Island Market, 430 Sunset Blvd. S., sought permission to keep the wheeled semi-trailer at the rear of the store property after town chief building inspector Jeff Curtis said it was a violation.

    The five-member board unanimously voted at the July 3 continuance hearing to uphold Curtis’ decision relayed to the business partners in January.