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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach hires lobbyist as Senate Bill 875 advances in Raleigh

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has hired a lobbyist to help fight Senate Bill 875, which passed the state Senate on final reading last week and first reading in the House in Raleigh on Monday night.

  • Accidents call attention to watercraft safety

    The unofficial start of summer this year had not even gotten under way Memorial Day weekend when we reported our first seasonal tragedy in Brunswick County this year.

    The deaths of 51-year-old John Wernowsky of Acworth, Ga., and his 10-year-old son, Jake, who were riding a Jet Ski together when they died in Sunset Beach, happened May 27, less than a week before 24-year-old Brian Willis, of Cleveland, Ohio, was injured in a Jet Ski accident in Ocean Isle Beach on June 2.