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  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 7 2015

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 7

    Jeffery Martin Miller, 33, of 221 Creek View Drive, Sunset Beach, charged with DWI.

  • Carolina Shores sends sales tax resolution

    CAROLINA SHORES — A resolution opposing a sales tax redistribution measure in North Carolina has been sent by the town to the state house budget committee.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Aug. 6, said town staff members were advised last week the state senate has removed the measure as part of its budget so the house and senate can agree on the budget and forward it to Gov. Pat McCrory.

  • First Carolina Boat Bash set for Saturday at Bird Island

    Promoters of the Carolina Boat Bash planned for Saturday at Bird Island say they’re hoping for a safe event that won’t cause any problems locally.

    The Aug. 15 event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the South Carolina side of the North Carolina-owned reserve, is being orchestrated by WYAV Wave 104.1 Radio of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • ONDBEAT: Here's what's news under Sunset Beach summer sun

    Overall, except for those trying to scout out or carve out a parking space somewhere in proximity to the ocean, this past Fourth of July was quiet and uneventful in Sunset Beach.

    That’s how Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith summed up the busy summer holiday in his department’s monthly report at the Aug. 3 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    There were fewer fireworks than ever before, he said, which made the department happy as well as most of the owners and occupiers of the array of stick-built island beach houses.

  • Lane closures continue in Shallotte

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will continue intermittent lane closures at U.S. 17 and U.S. 17 Business in Shallotte from Thursday, Aug. 13 through Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

    Crews are finishing the final roadway paving at the intersection and NCDOT encourages motorists to use caution while traveling in the area, according to a NCDOT news release.

  • OIB commissioners not on board with taking responsibility for NCDOT aviation work

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH–Town officials do not see trading airport maintenance work by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation for taking legal responsibility if anything goes wrong as a good deal.

    The NCDOT’s DOA offers to perform safety and maintenance work at publicly owned and operated airports, like Odell Williamson Municipal Airport.

  • Compass Pointe adds land to create mixed-use development

    BOLIVIA–Compass Pointe intends to add a mixed-use development that provides a second entrance off U.S. 74/76.

    The Brunswick County Planning Board approved adding three more parcels of land to Compass Pointe’s planned development at their regular meeting Aug. 10.

    Compass Pointe is 2,200-acre development north of Leland that was created in 2007 as a gated retirement community.

    It is planned for 5,897 units and includes a golf course that is expected to open in spring 2016.

  • Committee votes for redesignating Long Beach Road extension

    LELAND — The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization’s Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) recommended redesignating N.C. 133 to follow the Long Beach Road extension at an Aug. 5 meeting.

    The TCC makes recommendations to the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee, the transportation planning policy board for the Cape Fear RPO, which meets in Wilmington on Friday, Aug. 14.

    Long Beach Road SE runs from the Intracoastal Waterway near Yaupon Beach Northeast to N.C. 211 (Southport Supply Road SE) where it dead ends.

  • Tax change draws local opposition in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — Local legislators responded Tuesday to a small contingent of local officials who traveled to Raleigh to urge opposition to pending legislation that would change the way sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina.

    Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard, Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke and Shallotte Alderman Gene Vasile knocked on several legislators’ doors lobbying against the measure, which they said unfairly takes money from local coffers and redistributes it to other counties.

  • Forecasters say 90 percent chance of below-normal hurricane season

    Three months into hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the chance of a below-normal hurricane season is 90 percent.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center called for a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season when it released its initial prediction May 27.

    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.

    NOAA updated its hurricane prediction Aug. 6 with a warning that a 90 percent probability of below-normal season does not discount that a storm could form in the Atlantic.