Local News

  • Retained tax formula pleases local leaders

    Local leaders are pleased the state budget maintains the sales tax distribution formula they favored and have lobbied for.

    The $21.735 billion budget, delayed for weeks until its approval this past weekend in Raleigh, maintains an existing formula for allocation of sales tax revenue, with 75 percent going to county where a sale originated and 25 percent based on population, “ensuring no local government will lose revenue under the change,” reads a news release issued Monday by the North Carolina General Assembly.

  • Service dog blamed for attack at outdoor show

    A small dog is recovering after being bitten and injured in an attack by a Canine Angels service dog last Saturday at a show sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    The Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixed breed dog was taken for treatment by a local veterinarian shortly after the attack Saturday morning at the Beacon’s Outdoor Living Show at Shallotte Middle School.

  • Calabash welcomes new town clerk

    CALABASH — Town commissioners welcomed new town clerk Sue Stuhr at their monthly meeting Sept. 8.

    Stuhr took the oath of her new office from Calabash Mayor Mary Knight at the monthly meeting.

    Stuhr, who previously served as town clerk for the town of Ocean Isle Beach, was hired to her new position after former Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward left the town in August to start a new job near Charlotte.

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  • Subdivision rezoning gets final approval in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have given second and final approval to a rezoning request for proposed Phase 3 development in Calabash Lakes subdivision from residential R8 to planned residential development (PRD).

    Approval came at the monthly board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 10.

    The change is designed to accommodate a shift from previously approved townhouses to single-family detached houses, with the majority of the housing in the 1,500 to 2,200-square-foot range. The change also reflects a reduction in the number of units from 220 to 98.

  • Main Street widening, park facilities reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun reviewing proposed details for the widening of Main Street and the addition of restrooms and a gazebo for the new town park.

    At council’s monthly meeting Sept. 8, North Carolina Division of Transportation Division 3 operations engineer Chad Kimes said five-foot-wide paved bike lanes are proposed for either side of Main Street from the east end to the west end.

  • Sunset Beach to sue for Jaguar's Lair bonds

    SUNSET BEACH — The town is moving forward with legal action against the bond company for Coastal Communities for non-performance on infrastructure work in Jaguar’s Lair.

    Unanimous approval came at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Sept. 8.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said the town has been in conversation with the bond company since May.

    “We’re asking them to go ahead and produce for Coastal Communities’ lack of performance,” he said.

  • Fall into fun: Annual events launch festive seasonal lineup

    With autumn just around the bend (Sept. 23), it’s time once again for the area’s annual array of seasonal events.

    Following is a roundup of what’s in store in coming days.

    Calabash Lions Club Oktoberfest

    The Calabash Lions Club has expanded its second annual Oktoberfest into a two-day celebration, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, and at a new location, on the grounds of Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) in Carolina Shores.

  • Supply man to serve more than 7 years after heroin plea

    A Supply man who pleaded guilty to drug charges in Brunswick County Superior Court on Wednesday has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

    Judge James Ammons sentenced 31-year-old Derrick Shepard to a minimum of 89 months and maximum of 119 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after Shepard pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Burned Calabash eatery back in business

    CALABASH — It has a decorative lighthouse and family photos on the wall, a replica shrimp boat suspended from the ceiling and a custom-painted fishing mural.

    As of Aug. 25, Coleman’s Original Calabash Seafood Restaurant is out of the ashes, its staff back cooking in the kitchen once again.

    That’s the date the family-owned riverfront eatery reopened with a new look and attitude after burning down more than a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2014.

  • Carolina Shores moving forward with Calabash Lakes

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to move forward with new development in Calabash Lakes with public hearings scheduled Thursday.

    At their monthly workshop Tuesday, board members gave preliminary approval to a rezoning request for proposed Phase 3 development in the subdivision off Thomasboro Road from residential R8 to planned residential development (PRD).