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Today's News

  • Jaguar's Lair mediation at impasse

    Mediation between the town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair has hit an impasse following a meeting last week.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker issued a news release following the May 6 pre-litigation mediation session between members of the town’s mediation team and representatives of Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Companies.

  • A few comments as Sunset Beach unveils budget

    SUNSET BEACH — A handful of residents had comments as town staff outlined details of a recommended $5,833,278 budget for fiscal 2015-16 calling for a 5½ cent tax rate increase.

    Sunset Beach Finance Director Bonnie Schwerd presented an overview at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday night.

    The rate increase, if approved, will go up from 11½ cents to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Allen has two hits, two RBIs on ECU Senior Night

    Hunter Allen and Reid Love drove in three of East Carolina’s seven runs on Senior Night, May 12, lifting the Pirates to a 7-0 win against Elon in seven innings at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. The game was called early because of inclement weather in the area.

    With the victory, the Pirates improve to 33-20. The Phoenix drop to 24-27. The victory pushed ECU’s home record to 24-12.

    Allen, a co-captain, led the Pirates’ seven-hit attack, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. He has 15th multi-hit games this season.

  • Town Creek Park reopens after renovation

    After a year and a half of renovations, Town Creek Park has reopened.

    The park upgrade, which began in October 2013, was intended to be a yearlong, $5.3 million project — if construction delays could be avoided.

    Although weather delays extended the work by another half year, the project stayed on budget coming in at about $5.4 million, parks and recreation director Aaron Perkins said.

    “Weather backed us up in the fall and winter. That was a big thing,” he said.

  • Tax rate increase proposed to offset OIB revaluation losses

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach residents will have the chance to speak on the proposed 2015-16 town budget at a June 9 meeting.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey presented town board members with the budget at Tuesday’s regular May meeting. The board voted unanimously, 5-0, to set the public hearing for the budget at 9 a.m. to open the June meeting.

    The town staff has proposed a tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2015-16.

  • Let me tell you all about my vacation — with pictures!

    Uber is an Internet taxi. It turns out I forgot to mention that the last time we spoke and it lead to some confusion.

    I don’t know why they didn’t call it Internet Taxi or iTaxi or eTaxi and I can only assume they went with Uber because Qbert was taken.

    I was too busy yapping about my trip to New York to fully flesh out a description of what an Uber is until now.

    And now I’m going to yap about my trip some more.

    No, not a trip. More of a pilgrimage.

  • Tropical Storm Ana makes mess of Kindred Spirit

    Kindred Spirit’s mailbox and bench on Bird Island took the brunt of the damage when Tropical Storm Ana made its slow, wet march across Brunswick County on Sunday.

    The storm swept away the mailbox and tossed the bench down to the Little River, S.C., jetties, according to members of the Bird Island Stewards, who found the mailbox after a few hours of hunting for it Monday. The storm left the site’s flagpole bent but still standing.

  • Shallotte Point residents want county back in beaver business

    SHALLOTTE POINT — While Brunswick County officials decide if a beaver bounty program belongs in the 2015-16 budget, some Shallotte Point residents just want a policy with teeth.

    Joe Cartrett, who lives on Pigott Road SW, has begun trapping beavers that have dammed up the waterways surrounding his neighborhood because there’s no one else to do it.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 6

    Two-vehicle crash at U.S. 17 North and Village Road resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash at Grandiflora and Pine Harvest drives resulting in property damage.

    May 7

    Single vehicle crash on Olde Waterford Way resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash at U.S. 17 North and Village Road resulting in property damage.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    May 4

    Larceny; someone pushed a 22-square-foot swimming pool kit worth $877 on a cart out of Wal-Mart and put it in his vehicle it without paying for it.

    May 5

    Davonte DeWayne Hunt, 24, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.

    Jonathan Erick McCleod, 23, was arrested on a trespassing charge.