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Today's News

  • Carolina Shores reinstates flag, banner ban

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have officially reinstated an ordinance prohibiting commercial flags and banners.
    On a consent agenda vote at its monthly meeting Sept. 9, the town board 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).
    After resident Joe Lowry asked about the resolution, Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said, “Our intent was to suspend enforcement.”

  • Arrests, theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police investigated a breaking and entering and larceny reported Sept. 13 at a residential unit at the Colony I complex in Oyster Bay.
    Someone kicked in a front door and stole two flat-screen televisions in the incident, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Sewer project nearing completion in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town’s sewer project should be completed in November, Mayor Anthony Clemmons said at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.
    McLamb Construction should be finished with work by Sept. 17, he said, then the state will have to come in and certify lines. This involves Calabash Acres, Pine Bur Acres, Carlyle Acres, Bay Point and the Beach Drive area.
    Once the state certifies it, the county will notify property owners that they are able to connect and will hold a public hearing before assessments are levied, Clemmons said.

  • Sunset at Sunset still set for Oct. 1-2

    SUNSET BEACH—Oct. 1 opening festivities of the new high-rise bridge will go on as planned, even though the span won’t be ready to open for traffic by then.
    Mark Hackney, project superintendent with English Construction Co., said last week the $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span is more likely to be ready for its first traffic crossings by mid- to late October.
    When the bridge is ready for traffic, plans are still under way for a ceremonial first crossing by a local group of Corvette owners, town council member Karen Joseph said.

  • Sunset Beach to continue pursuit of park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted 3-2 Monday to continue with negotiations and a possible new contract with owners of a 5.22-acre multi-million-dollar waterway site being eyed for a future park.

     

    The vote came after lengthy discussion that included mixed comments by 17 residents who spoke out during public comment time and each council member.

  • Holden Beach board bans items from being left overnight on beach strand

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night requiring cabanas, tents, umbrellas and other personal equipment be removed from the beach by their owners each evening.

    Items must be removed between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting next Easter weekend.

    The delay is to give realtors time to inform vacationers of the change.

    The board discussed the situation for two years before making the change.

  • Little boy’s visit to Calabash Creamery creates treasured memories for family

    If you ask Judy Christie’s 6-year-old grandson Alex if he is different from other kids, he’ll quickly tell you he’s not.

    Alex, who visits his grandmother Judy and grandfather Tom here in Shallotte every summer, has a medical conditional called mitochondrial disorder. The disease affects different people differently, and for Alex it means his digestive system doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. 

  • What happened to fiscal conservatism, commissioners?

    Why are county commissioners paid a salary?

    They get paid for attending meetings. They get paid mileage to travel to and from meetings. They get paid to talk to constituents on the phone. 

    So, why then, are they paid a salary—$13,858 for chairman Bill Sue and $11,548 for each other commissioner?

    Every commissioner we asked seemed to have a different take on what exactly they’re getting paid their salaries for, and what exactly constitutes a meeting. 

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 1, 2, 3 and 7 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Sept. 1

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerks Courtney Graham and Jennifer Hearn:

    Jason Anthony Abalos, PG improper equipment.

  • Board to examine PAC policy

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education want to know exactly who is serving on each school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and how long members have been on board.

    According to board policy, a PAC member cannot serve more than three years at a single school. A list of current PAC members reviewed by board members Tuesday night shows one PAC member has served five years and several others have served for three. Some schools do not list terms for their members.