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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach may postpone paid parking

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much debate, Sunset Beach Town Council may be poised to delay for another year implementing paid parking on the Sunset Beach island.

    At council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, Jan. 20, council members offered varying opinions about the measure being proposed for 114 spaces under town domain in the gazebo parking lot as well as in lots on the east side of Sunset Boulevard.

  • Oak Island police seek two women suspected of fraud

    Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help to identify and find two women suspected of fraud.

    The women “used several stolen or fraudulent credit cards” in late December at a Food Lion grocery store in Oak Island, according to a Thursday, Jan. 22, news release from Lt. Tony Burke. The women made purchases worth several hundred dollars.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 278-5595 or the nearest law enforcement agency.

  • Leland decides tree removal too much for town staff

    LELAND–Town board members had to choose between paying for a contractor to remove 100 trees from Magnolia Greens or lose their public works department for a month to deal with the problem.

    Reluctantly, they chose to contract the work.

    Public Works Director Steven Spruill updated the board after the town’s six-man public works department completed a trial run cutting down and removing trees from the neighborhood.

  • Run OIB approved for second year

    Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed to allow the second annual Run Ocean Isle Beach event on Oct 3.

    The first Run Ocean Isle Beach event was held Nov. 1, 2014.

    David Hutnik and Johnna Hall of Coastal Race Productions requested approval for a mile run, 5K and half marathon run/walk

    The one-mile run would follow East 2nd Street to Scotland Street and back.

    The 5K would run along East 2nd Street and East 1st Street.

  • Sign upgrades, ABC Store and power lines part of Leland downtown revitalization talks

    Leland officials reviewed efforts for downtown revitalization at a Jan. 8 workshop.

    The board discussed the difficulty of changing property owners’ minds on complying with the town’s business signs ordinance despite providing an incentive program.

    In April 2013, the Leland town board finalized a five-year amortization period for non-conforming signs.

    Leland has a sign ordinance in place allowing 48 square foot, eight foot tall signs in the town’s busier commercial district, zoned C2, near Village Road at U.S. 17.

  • DOT updates Brunswick County project schedule

    While local transportation committees plan future road projects on both ends of Brunswick County, a number of projects are already in the works.

    The Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) and Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee completed State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) lists in to plan for highway projects in January.

  • Sunset Beach administrator gets raise

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has merited the approval of town council and a boost in pay of nearly 6 percent after her first year on the job.

    Following a closed session of Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular monthly meeting Jan. 5 to evaluate Parker’s performance, council on Tuesday officially announced and approved a $5,000 raise for her.

  • County establishes prequalification process for contract bids

    The Brunswick County board members adopted a prequalification policy for the Brunswick County school construction at the Jan. 13 agenda meeting.

    State law requires the county to adopt a policy and criteria to prequalify bidders for particular construction or repair work contracts.

    The policy can be a countywide policy, but the criteria must be for a particular project.

    County staff modified a policy used by the Utilities Department to use for the entire organization.

  • Sunset Beach officials answer questions at community meeting

    SUNSET BEACH — The proposed Sunset Beach West development was the top topic reaping questions and answers at a Jan. 14 community meeting attended by more than 20 residents.

    Residents also asked about island parking and the possibility of a shuttle service, an island eyesore, beach canopies, dredging and speed hazards along the residential stretch of Old Georgetown Road at the informal session.

  • Charter school holds groundbreaking for permanent 45-acre site

     BOLIVIA — While teachers, students and administrators at first-year South Brunswick Charter School have been pleased with the school’s temporary location in Southport, a groundbreaking for the campus’ permanent location in Bolivia has those same folks even more excited about the future.