Today's News

  • Shallotte board approves development plans

    SHALLOTTE — It was a busy night for the Shallotte Board of Aldermen at its monthly meeting April 7, as five separate public hearings were held to rezone one property to multi-family, approve conditional use permits for construction of two multi-family developments and approve two conditional use permits for a retail business and boat storage facility.


    Timberwood Trace Apartments

  • Sunset Beach council scrutinizing proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun combing through the town’s proposed budget document for fiscal year 2015-16.

    At the first of at least two budgetary work sessions this week, council convened Tuesday morning, April 28, to question department heads about line-item expenditures for the proposed $5,834,663 budget for the upcoming fiscal year that takes effect July 1 and tentatively calls for a 6-cent tax increase, from 10.5 cents to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Public works

  • Waterway Art Association 24th exhibit opens May 5

    The Waterway Art Association will present its 24th annual art exhibit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 through 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Renowned watercolor artist Roger Tatum of Southport will present a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 5-7 at the SBIC.

    The artist’s reception and awards presentation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

  • GFWC-SBI Woman's Club Juleps & Jazz Derby Fund Racer takes off May 2

    A local chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is toasting this weekend’s Kentucky Derby with an event of its own.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will have its second annual Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    The $25-per-person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar with jazzy juleps and live streaming of the 141st Kentucky Derby.

  • Sunset Beach Police news April 25 2015

    The Sunset Beach Police Department made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Myles Logan Swaim, 19, of 103 Ash Circle, Moyok, was charged April 25 with assault on a female.

  • ONDBEAT: 'HOA Wars' author shines floodlight on gated communities

    Robert Stern knows the intricacies of living in a gated community.

    After all, he resided and served on the board in one of those exclusive enclaves ruled by a homeowners association (HOA) back in Henderson, Nev. Locally, Stern owns another house in Ocean Ridge Plantation, another HOA-POA community.

    A few years ago, through his HOA residency and involvement in the Silver State, Stern found himself embroiled in legal battles with what he deemed power-hungry board members who summoned their lawyer when he questioned their modus operandi.

  • Carolina Shores moves toward annexation

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a May 7 public hearing to consider annexing property for a future medical facility.

    Up for consideration for voluntary annexation are two noncontiguous Brunswick County parcels owned by Coastal Medical Properties LLC, three noncontiguous parcels and a contiguous parcel owned by Willow Tree Brunswick LLC and a contiguous parcel owned by Novant Properties LLC.

  • Ole! Second Fiesta Mexicana set for dos de Mayo (May 2) @ St. Brendan

    St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode again with its second annual Fiesta Mexicana scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dos de Mayo — three days early this coming Saturday, May 2.

    Contrary to misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

  • May brings Cinco de Mayo specials, benefit buffet

    Area Mexican restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year. Let us count the ways.

    Uno — San Felipe Mexican Restaurant in the Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center will be having all-drink specials (margaritas, cerveza) on Tuesday, May 5. It will also offer free T-shirts to everyone.

    Dos — San Felipe Mexican restaurants in Leland and Southport will also be having drink specials and free T-shirts.

    Tres — Las Palmeras, 1780 Chandlers Lane in Sunset Beach, is having food and drink specials.

  • Strawberry fields ripen for picking

    Cold, wet weather has put a bit of a damper on this year’s crop of strawberries.

    “I can sum it up in four letters — rain,” said David Holden, co-owner of Holden Brothers Farm Market on U.S. 17 just south of Shallotte.

    “It like to totally destroyed (the season),” he said.

    But the popular produce market’s pick-your-own strawberry fields have been open and ready for business.