Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny at Ocean Isle Inn; subject entered office and removed $341 from drawer.

    •Larceny on Causeway Drive; subject drove away from Marathon without paying $14.02 for gas.

    •Brian Lee Phillips, 29, of Badin; charged with open container at parking lot of Museum of Coastal Carolina; subject had open bottle of liquor in vehicle.

  • West Brunswick prays at flagpole as part of national prayer event

    More than 150 students and staff members gathered around the flagpole at West Brunswick High School last Wednesday for prayer.

    See You at the Pole is celebrated across the county the fourth Wednesday morning each September. Jen Negron, theater arts teacher, said the group gathered at 7:30 a.m. and had devotion and prayed from 7:45 a.m. until classes began.

    Al Miliken, a lay speaker from Village Point United Methodist Church, led the group in devotion. Principal Jamal Woods led the group in prayer.

  • Ocean Isle Beach floods after heavy rain

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Mayor Debbie Smith estimates about 10 inches of rain fell on Ocean Isle Beach’s island during Monday’s massive storm.

    “We did have some flooding,” she said Tuesday morning, noting the water was dissipating. “It’s looking better this morning than it looked last night.”

    Goldsboro Street resident Fred David said the rain damaged the last 30 feet of his street, leaving a large sinkhole bordering the seawall that separates the road from the concrete canal.

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  • Weighing odds, woman opts for second mastectomy

    Nearly two years ago, Angie Sutton learned that, at just age 37, she had breast cancer.

    In January 2009, Sutton underwent a mastectomy to remove her left breast where Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a “non-invasive” cancer of breast milk ducts that does not spread to surrounding tissue, was diagnosed.

    Last week, the now 39-year-old elected to have her second breast removed after a routine exam months ago showed calcifications—deposits of calcium that are usually benign, as were hers.

  • First sewer hookups completed in Calabash

    CALABASH—The first customers have tapped onto newly installed sewer service in Calabash.

    The tap-ons were completed last week at three addresses on Harbor Drive off Thomasboro Road and at another address on Village Green Drive, according to Buddy Hodges with DTM Construction, which conducted the sewer hookups.

    As of Friday, Hodges said they were working on a fifth tap-on.

    Archie and Ruth Farr are among Harbor Drive residents who now have sewer.

  • 'Illegal' signs still part of landscape in Carolina Shores, Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—Commercial flags and banners continue to fly in town even though town commissioners have officially reinstated an ordinance prohibiting them.

    On weekends, small signs promoting a local coffee shop and a development crop up in the right-of-way along both sides of U.S. 17.

    On Sept. 9, the town board of commissioners voted to rescind a resolution approved by the board Aug. 5 that suspended enforcement of town ordinances 153.240 A (7) and 153.241 K (3) banning commercial flags and banners.

  • Carolina Shores has website photo contest

    The town of Carolina Shores will have a website photo contest to replace the generic photos now on the town’s homepage.

    The deadline for entering a photo is Oct. 15. Judging of contest entries will be completed on Nov. 1 at the Town Hall workshop. A $25 Food Lion gift certificate will be awarded to the four winners.

    Pictures must be taken within the town of Carolina Shores borders and should show recognizable features within the town and also tell a story.

  • Park property negotiation on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has scheduled a closed session Monday to instruct town staff about possible acquisition of a 5.22-acre site being eyed for a future town park.

    The closed session will come at the end of council’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. The meeting will be preceded by a council work session at 6:45 p.m.

  • West Virginia man charged with speeding in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A West Virginia man was charged with speeding and eluding arrest Sunday night.

    Brian David Lynch, 24, of Scott Depot, W.Va., was charged with speeding 75 in a 55 zone and eluding arrest on Old Georgetown Road.

    Police said he was traveling 75 mph in the 55 mph zone in the Sept. 26 incident and refused to stop after a blue light was activated. He was stopped and charged in Sandpiper Bay. His bond was set at $500.