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Today's News

  • Multifamily housing can continue on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — A citizen-initiated proposal for a text amendment to eliminate multifamily housing in the island’s commercial district won’t be recommended by the town planning board.

    But at its April 16 meeting, the board instructed town planner Rawls Howard to work on tweaking measures to grandfather existing condos in the beach business (BB1) district and come up with provisions to control multifamily development.

  • Weekend serves up wine fundraisers

    The weekend of April 25-26 is ideal for wine connoisseurs who want to help worthy causes.

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its annual Wine Fest from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Event-goers will have opportunity to taste a variety of wines provided by a local distributor, accompanied by an array of foods prepared by local eateries.

    Live and silent auctions will offer a variety of items up for bid, highlighted with a 50-50 raffle and cork pull.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 14-17

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    April 14

    Harassing phone calls reported on Discovery Lake Drive.

    April 17

    Breaking and entering, larceny of flat-screen TVs, injury to real property reported in the 200 block of East Main Street.

    Breaking and entering, larceny of flat-screen TVs, injury to real property reported in the 200 block of East Main Street.

  • Food 4 Thought: Bagel Dock moves closer to Calabash docks

    After more than a year of planning and renovating, Bagel Dock Café and its staff have officially moved to its new, larger location.

    On April 3, the popular Calabash eatery opened in a freshly refurbished building at 1162 River Road near the Calabash boat docks.

    The nearly four-year-old restaurant owned by Long Island transplants Carmine and Margaret Barbaro is now twice the size of its old Beach Drive address, in its new building that previously housed Billy Bass Seafood restaurant.

  • Calabash OKs corral consideration for horses

    CALABASH — Horses could soon become the newest residents of the Seafood Capital.

    Town commissioners have agreed to consider an ordinance change at their next monthly meeting after a property owner requested it.

    Edward Peterson, speaking during public comment at the April 14 board meeting, outlined his plans to retire to a 20-acre site he owns on Persimmon Road and bring his Arabian horses with him.

    Peterson said he has spent 40 years competing professionally with the strain of Egyptian Arabian horses he breeds and now plans to move to Calabash.

  • BCC Foundation raises more than $25K at community breakfast

     The Brunswick Community College Foundation held its annual community breakfast Wednesday, April 15, inside the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus.

    The breakfast featured guest speaker Celia Rivenbark, a renowned columnist and humorist.

    BCC’s director of resource development Elina DiCostanzo called the event “an overall huge success.”

    Two hundred sixty-five community members attended the event, which raised $25,460.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Road re-opens

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach Road, also known as Four Mile Road, re-opened to traffic Monday, April 27.
    The road was originally scheduled to close from March 18 through April 16, but bad weather forced the North Carolina Department of Transportation to keep it closed through Thursday, April 30.
    The work, however, has been completed and the road re-opened Monday, April 27.

  • Consortium seeks ways to protect coastal communities

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — During the week of July 4 in 2013, four people drowned while swimming in the waters of Brunswick County beaches.

    Coastal community leaders want to make sure towns are protected in the future.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses two years ago released on parole

     A man convicted of three felony sex offenses more than two years ago and sentenced to 10 years in state prison has been approved for release on parole.

    Albert R. Baldwin was approved for parole Friday, April 17, after serving two years of a 10-year sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    Baldwin was convicted of two counts first-degree sexual offense and statutory rape and sex offense Oct. 4, 2012, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Former Leland officer convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison

     A former Leland police lieutenant was sentenced to 20 years in South Carolina state prison last week after pleading guilty to a pair of attempted murder charges.

    Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman sentenced 40-year-old Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply to serve 20 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections on two counts of attempted murder. The attempted murder charges were levied upon Smith after he led officers on a high-speed chase from Supply to South Carolina in September.