Local News

  • Holden Beach has first commissioners meeting in new town hall

    The 54 people who attended the first Holden Beach commissioners meeting in the new town hall Tuesday night heard architect Jim Stewart report the building is finished except for placing a few signs and the dedication plaque, which weighs 40 pounds.

    Commissioner Gary Staley asked if construction came in at the $3.2 million originally budgeted, and Stewart said he hasn’t completed the final bill but that it’s “pretty much on budget.”

    The architect said he hoped all Holden Beach property owners are proud of the building.

  • First Live Green Music & Arts Festival set for Saturday in Bolivia

    The area’s first Live Green Music & Arts Festival—a celebration of music, art and Mother Earth—will take place Saturday, April 11, in the Wyldes of Bolivia.

    The festival, set for 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at 1016 Galloway Road in Bolivia, is a daylong celebration of local and regional musicians and artists.

    It’s described as family-friendly fun, great music and art, and essential environmental education for the community.

  • Board awards bid contract without knowing price of services

    BOLIVIA—Four members of the Brunswick County Board of Education approved a $55,000 window improvement contract at a meeting Tuesday night, but not all of them knew the total cost of the project.

    The board accepted bids for a project which would improve the exterior windows at Shallotte, South Brunswick and Leland Middle Schools—a project that was in the Feb. 2007 Brunswick County Schools Facilities Master Plan prepared by SFLA Architects.

  • TDA pushing for early bookings as season approaches

    Advanced bookings are down for summer rental season, but so far, the Brunswick County islands are down less than 1 percent over last year, according to Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Mitzi York.

    The county saw a 3 percent decrease in July 2008 over the previous year, but a 9 percent increase in August.

    In September, the struggling economy began to affect travelers even more than before, York said, resulting in decreases during the fall.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Hagan visits Brunswick County shovel-ready site

    SHALLOTTE—U.S. senators and representatives spent their Easter breaks at home in North Carolina with the people who elected them to Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.7th, all took advantage of their congressional spring breaks to meet with constituents throughout the state and their districts.

  • No-smoking bill passes house by wider margin than expected; now it goes to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in public places. Now, it’s up to the Senate to decide its fate.

    The bill that passed includes several amendments to the original bill, but, for the most part, public places would still be smoke-free.

    The amendments allow smoking in tobacconist shops and in some food/lodging establishments—but only if they don’t serve anyone younger than 18, don’t have any employees younger than 18 and they agree to post a conspicuous sign outside stating the dangers of secondhand smoke.

  • Shallotte OKs Harley-Davidson event

    SHALLOTTE—The majority of town aldermen say Beach House Harley-Davidson’s weeklong grand opening celebration, planned to coincide with Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be a boon to the town’s economy.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board voted 3-1 to approve owner Rick Noyes’ request for an eight-day event, running from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 10-16 and from noon to 8 p.m. May 17 on 27 acres adjacent to the store on U.S. 17.

    Alderman Walt Eccard cast the dissenting vote, and alderman John Kinlaw was absent.

  • Shallotte makes short list for state grant; sets public hearing

    SHALLOTTE—The town’s original application for a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant to build a riverwalk has moved to the “short list” of applicants.

    Town administrator Paul Sabiston now has to submit a second application, and the public can express their opinions on the grant application during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 before the town board’s regular meeting.

    The board of aldermen unanimously approved setting the public hearing at their meeting Tuesday night.

  • Three matches found for 8-year-old in need of new kidney

    Prayers have been answered for 8-year-old Jarrod Danka and his family—they have found a match willing to donate a live kidney.

    In fact, the family found three perfect matches, a rarity Jarrod’s doctors call “unbelievable.”

  • Plane crashes at Ocean Isle Airport

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A plane crash at the Ocean Isle Beach Airport resulted in minor injuries for the pilot and passenger involved.

    According to an incident report from the Ocean Isle Beach Police department, Sgt. Brian Higgins received a call of a plane crash around 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

    Daniel Moskovitz, 43, of Pound Ridge, Conn., and Lauren Busskohl, 33, of Stamford, Conn., were flying in a 1971 Cessna, when it crashed on the east end of runway 24 near Hale Swamp Road, according to the incident report.