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Today's News

  • Honoring a leader

    Last week the town received news no one wanted to hear—Mayor Buddy Kelly passed away.

    “It is with deep sadness that the town has lost our Mayor Donald C. ‘Buddy’ Kelly.” “Mayor Kelly died on March 2, 2011,” town officials wrote in a press release Thursday. “He was well respected in the community and well thought of by the board and staff. He was not only our mayor, but our friend.”

  • Free at last

  • Sunset Beach streetscape committee meeting Friday

    Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday, March 11, at town hall council chambers to review the streetscape committee report and discuss other areas within town limits requiring landscaping.

    Town council may take action during this special meeting.

  • Carolina Shores retreat set for March 21

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett got acclimated to his first town commissioners workshop Monday by announcing an upcoming retreat.

    Hargett said Chris May, executive director with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, has agreed to facilitate the retreat tentatively proposed for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 21. The location has not yet been determined.

    Hargett said the board will discuss roles and responsibilities and can submit ideas on “what you see the town of Carolina Shores being in the present and future.”

  • Bus tour of Sunset Beach brings new parking rules

    Bumping along on a bus on unpaved roads with town council isn’t anyone’s idea of a thrill ride. At least not mine.

    And if it were thrilling, it probably wouldn’t be allowed, because amusement rides aren’t part of the Sunset Beach island landscape.

    But council wanted to take a closer look at the parking sites it was about to prohibit. Hence, as part of a specially called meeting with the council-appointed beach parking committee on the morning of Feb. 18, members boarded a Sea Trail shuttle bus and headed for the island.

  • Bill proposing terminal groins backed by local support

    North Carolina is one of two states in the nation that does not allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices, but local officials are hoping that will soon change.

    Senate Bill 110, introduced Feb. 24, would permit the currently banned structures.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, is one of the bill’s primary sponsors. Protecting the coastline is an issue that affects the entire state, not just beach communities, he said.

  • Medicine drop-off scheduled in Ocean Isle Beach

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department and the Ocean Isle Beach Municipal Fire Department are hosting Operation Medicine Drop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 20. The drop will take place at 111 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach, on the corner of Caseway Drive and Rick Street.

    Everyone is invited to drop off expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, which will be properly disposed.

  • Donate prom dresses and accessories to help local girls in need

    The blue one was special because it made me feel elegant.

    The yellow one with rhinestones had a full skirt and made me feel like a princess.

    I initially didn’t want to try on the pink one because it didn’t have enough sparkle, but once my mom convinced me to, I never wanted to take it off.

    Even though I haven’t worn any of my prom or formal dresses for about a decade, I will never forget the feeling when I first put them on or how they looked in the pictures or the memories made while wearing them.

  • Carolina Shores recycling hearing Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town residents will have an opportunity Thursday to learn more about possible changes to Brunswick County’s recycling program.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Calabash Fire Department, 892 Persimmon Road.

    The hearing is part of the county’s process of meeting with municipalities to see whether they wish to participate in a curbside recycling program.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Carl Wallace Spragins, 61, of Smithfield; charged with hiring with intent to defraud after he did not pay for taxi fare.

    •Timothy Blanco Simmons, 50, of Shallotte; charged with shoplifting after leaving Walmart without paying for items.

    •Joshua Paul Hardee, 27, of Southport; wanted on state charges and charged with driving while license revoked.