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Today's News

  • Ashley Sloup: A real winner

    I’ve known Ashley Sloup since she was in grade school and a charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County. She was always smiling, interacting with the coaches, hitting the ball long and straight for a 10-year-old, and demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee in everything she did. I was on the board of directors then and we all speculated on where and how far she would go.

  • Sponsorships needed for improvements at West Brunswick

     SHALLOTTE — If the West Brunswick baseball team had reached the East Regional — and it came within one out of doing so — the Trojans would have been host to two regional games (if the regional lasted three games). Conference rival Topsail would have been the foe.

    The games would have attracted the largest baseball crowds of the season at West Brunswick — and most likely would have strained the concession stand and bathroom facilities.

    That would have been no surprise to West Brunswick athletics director Jimmy Fletcher.

  • Music hits high note at Waterfront Market

    Music at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market launches this Thursday, June 9, featuring local favorite and Paddlefest entertainer Ashton Stanley, along with other local talent providing music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The waterfront market team is hoping to offer music at the weekly market through Labor Day. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Sunset Beach approves new fiscal budget 3-2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved 3-2 adoption of the town’s new operating $5,584,903 budget ordinance for fiscal year 2016-17.

    Approval at Monday night’s town council meeting includes establishing an ad valorem tax rate of 16 cents per $100 valuation.

    Councilmen Mark Benton and Rich Cerrato favored reducing the rate to 12.7 cents but were outvoted by council members Lou De Vita, Carol Scott and Pete Larkin.

  • Carolina Shores ready to adopt new budget Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are getting ready to review on second and final reading and adoption of the town’s proposed $2,343,950 budget for fiscal 2016-2017 at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 9.

    The proposed general fund budget that takes effect July 1 calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 10 cents per $100 of valuation. The state street-aid Powell Bill budget is $107,669.

  • New features take flight at Shallotte River Swamp Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Just when you thought there was nothing new under the almost-summer sun, Shallotte River Swamp Park adds new venues for 2016.

    The year-old zip-line and nature-oriented eco-park at 5550 Watts Road off Ocean Isle Beach Road is launching into its second season with the addition of an elevated walkway and alligator containment park.

    The park is also adding turtle and birds-of-prey presentations and, starting June 13, snake shows.

  • Blue Notes and Blue Magic light up Father’s Day concert stage June 18 at BCCOWA

    Harold Melvin’s legendary Blue Notes and Blue Magic are featured performers at a Father’s Day Mega Concert set for 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the main campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The Blue Light Basement Concert Series event, sponsored by Men of Respect and Ladies of Distinction, includes a free buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were and still are a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to 1954 — long before their leap into stardom during the 1970s.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department June 1-3 2016

    Sunset Beach Police Department

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

    June 1

    Larceny of edger and blower reported on Wyndfall DriveJune 3

    Forged prescription, obtaining by false pretense reported at CVS.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board OKs revised proof of ownership

    SUNSET BEACH — The town planning board has approved a revised text amendment for a proof of ownership requirement for new permits.

    Approval of the Unified Development Ordinance change came at the board’s June 2 meeting following a presentation by town GIS planner Richard Hathcock, who conducted the meeting following the recent resignation of town planning and inspections director Rawls Howard.

  • Calabash Fire Department May 2016

    During the month of May, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 137 calls: three structure fires, a woods/brush fire, four fire alarms, five motor vehicle accidents, two gas leaks, two investigations, 12 public assistance calls, an other and 107 EMS first response calls.