Today's News

  • Serviss serves aboard USS George H. W. Bush

     A 1995 West Brunswick High School graduate and Shallotte native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

  • Fish and Wildlife kills county utilities for Sunset Beach project

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    A threat to federal funding has spurred Brunswick County commissioners to rescind a plan to extend water and sewer to a proposed oceanfront development in Sunset Beach.

    At their Feb. 16 meeting, board members revoked a policy to expand utility lines to Sunset Beach West, a controversial 21-lot subdivision developer Sammy Varnam plans to build beyond Mad Inlet at the west end of the Sunset Beach island.

    Varnam said this week he will continue with plans to build Sunset Beach West and have it be self-sustaining.

  • Residents voice concerns about Ocean Isle Beach terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ten of 14 people who spoke at a March 3 public hearing expressed concerns about proposed plans to have a terminal groin installed at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers environmental impact statement (EIS), the town of Ocean Isle Beach is seeking state and federal permits to allow for the proposed shoreline protection project to help mitigate chronic erosion on the eastern portion of the town’s oceanfront shoreline tying into Shallotte Inlet.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 18-March 5

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests recently. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 18

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a Crown Royal bag containing $60 in quarters from a motorcycle on Magnolia Drive.

    Feb. 26

    Breaking and entering, larceny of two Dell laptops, an Apple iPad and miscellaneous watches and jewelry from a dwelling on Rice Mill Circle.

    Feb. 27

  • Citizens question Sunset Beach appearance requirements

    SUNSET BEACH — Landscaping, or the lack thereof, is creating a problem along 27th Street.

    Sunset Beach resident Jan Harris, speaking at a town planning board meeting last Thursday, March 6, urged the board to take a closer look at language in the town unified development ordinance.

    Harris also distributed photographs of the condos on the island street.

  • Carolina Shores budget retreat is Friday the 13th

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is getting ready for its annual retreat.

    The once-a-year daylong budgetary planning session starts at 9 a.m. Friday, March 13, in town commissioners’ chambers in Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Announcement of the upcoming retreat came at commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday, March 5.

    Commissioners will begin preliminary steps toward mapping out and planning the town budget for fiscal 2015-16.

  • Calabash Fire Department February 2015

    During the month of February, 2015, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 114 calls: five structure fires, four fire alarms, a vehicle fire, two motor vehicle accidents, a gas leak, an investigation, 13 public assistance calls, 85 EMS first-response calls and two other calls.

  • Save the Tails yard sale set for Saturday

    Shop for yard sale bargains while helping animals at the same time.

    Tiki Paw Doggie Daycare at 1380 Whiteville Road in Shallotte will be the site of Save the Tails Yard Sale benefitting Rescue Animals Community Effort from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

    The large multi-family yard sale will include food and assorted bargains, with proceeds going to help R.A.C.E., a local nonprofit animal rescue group.

    Space is available for $25.

  • Billy McGuigan brings Beatles-request 'Yesterday and Today' to BCCOWA

     IF YOU GO

    What: Billy McGuigan Yesterday and Today

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416

    Don’t forget to bring your favorite Beatles song request when Billy McGuigan and band hit the Odell Williamson Auditorium stage next Thursday night at Brunswick Community College.

  • Take action to reduce fire risk

    To report a single fire death during the course of a winter is terrible. To report five of them in less than 48 hours is beyond horrific, especially because four victims in the five fires reported in five days last week were members of a Supply family that included a 3-year-old boy and his pregnant mother.

    Compounding that tragedy is the fact their mobile home had no smoke detectors. We will never know if having one would have saved their lives, but we know it would have increased their chances of survival.