Today's News

  • Calabash Lakes homeowners pull together while town pulls bond on Portrait Homes

    CAROLINA SHORES—Homeowners in Calabash Lakes continue to manage now that Portrait Homes is no longer part of their picture.

    Bob Litz, newly elected president of the fledgling community’s homeowners association, said the HOA board met June 2 with a representative from Portrait Homes and their management company, Encore Management.

    “They have agreed to turn over the HOA to the homeowners, and that’s going to occur by the end of the month and then we’ll know more after that,” Litz said Monday.

  • Nonprofit funding slashed in light of budget woes

    BOLIVIA—Less than half of the agencies that serve Brunswick County residents have been recommended to receive any county funding in the upcoming fiscal year budget.

    Of those agencies for which funding was recommended, many are slated to receive less than they did in the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-four nonprofit agencies requested a total of $885,685, but county manager Marty Lawing recommended only $496,000 in nonprofit contributions in the budget.

  • Hospital farmers' market promotes health, wellness

    SUPPLY—On a recent June afternoon, the farmers’ market at Brunswick Community Hospital was abuzz with produce-seeking hospital employees, volunteers and visitors.

    Launched April 23, Brunswick Community Hospital plays host to a weekly farmers’ market every Thursday, where customers can browse fresh offerings of Indigo Farms without the drive out to Ash.

  • Water, water everywhere, but no drop to waste

    BOLIVIA—Twenty-five percent of the county’s water customers are using 75 percent of the county’s water and utilities director Jerry Pierce wants to curb the water waste.

    At a county commissioners’ budget retreat last week, Pierce presented water conservation rate options to commissioners. If approved, Pierce said the tiered rate structure would be implemented to encourage conservation of one of the county’s most precious commodities—water.

  • Benefit planned for wreck survivor

    A head-on collision less than a mile from her home left Esterlane Ballard with injuries so severe doctors amputated her left leg and were barely able to save the right.

    Ballard spent 21 days in the hospital and underwent six surgeries after the wreck. To help with the financial responsibility and to show support to Ballard, her family will host a benefit day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte.

    The wreck

  • Play continues at Oyster Bay course in face of pending lease foreclosure

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s business and golfing as usual at Oyster Bay Golf Links despite a pending foreclosure sale of the course’s management lease.

    Oyster Bay is one of five Grand Strand courses managed by the Legends Group being foreclosed on by General Electric Capital Corp.

    A foreclosure sale for the Oyster Bay lease is set for June 25. The lease was supposed to run through 2032.

    Larry Young of Legends Group is not contesting the foreclosures because of inability to make payments and an estimated debt of $50 million,

  • Setback increases approved for Sunset Beach island business district

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved increasing rear and side-yard setbacks for businesses that abut residential property in the beach business district.

    The amendment in the BB-1 zone on the island increases rear-yard setbacks to at least 25 feet when “a business abuts an existing residential dwelling use or any area zoned residential.”

    The minimum rear-yard setback in the commercial zone otherwise is not less than 5 feet.

  • Economy contributes to project stalls in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Several business ventures in town have stopped or are showing signs of a flagging economy.

    A new building across from town hall stands empty, at the site of what was supposed to have been a future Cape Fear Bank at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Pineview Drive.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said last week the building erected by Generation Builders seemed to be headed for foreclosure.

  • Calabash commissioners adopt 'whittled' budget for next fiscal year

    CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved a balanced $1,008,720 budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    “We have taken the knife out and whittled as much as we could to get the budget down,” said town commissioner Forrest King, who serves as finance officer for the board.

    Even though the town is collecting revenue from two areas it didn’t have in the past, the budget had to be reduced. Last year, commissioners approved a $1,022,950 budget for the current fiscal year.

  • Prize cat

    Jingles is a 7-year-old black-and-white female who was the first feline resident at Cat Tails when the cat rescue facility launched five years ago. She has green eyes, is very shy and needs an adopter who will give her time to adjust. Jingles also has a Cat Tails friend who will pay the adoption fee for anyone willing to provide her with a forever home. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit their Web site at www.cattails.org.