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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves 15 percent open space over objections

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved 15 percent open space for all mainland residential districts.

    The board’s unanimous vote came at a July 29 meeting, following a public hearing when representatives with several local golf course communities urged the board to consider a different formula.

    Lawyer Elaine Jordan and Dan Weeks spoke on behalf of The Coastal Companies, owner of Ocean Ridge and future Jaguar’s Lair golf course communities.

  • Sunset Beach boards agree future appearance is everything

    SUNSET BEACH—Looks are important, town board members informally agreed during a joint meeting Monday.

    “One of my concerns is the look of our community,” town council member Karen Joseph said during the afternoon session of fellow council members and the town planning board.

    Joseph joked she keeps hoping she’ll get a phone call from town administrator Gary Parker informing her a tornado came through Sunset Beach, “but all it did was knock down the old Food Lion—the whole thing.”

  • Carolina Shores board debates paving in Village at Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are debating whether they agreed to pave all of Palmer Drive in the Village at Calabash in one year.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at a town workshop Monday, doesn’t believe the board has decided how much of the 2010-2011 budget will be spent on Village at Calabash roads.

    “We agreed Palmer [Drive] was the next road we’re going to repair,” Selby said. “I don’t recall $350,000 worth of Palmer Drive in one year.”

  • Committee organizing four-day fair/expo for 2011

    If all goes according to plan, Shallotte will be the site of a four-day “family fair and exposition” Sept. 9-12 of next year.

    A committee of local community promoters is seeking sponsors and vendors and obtaining the proper permits to create the first “county fair” in Brunswick County.

    “It’s going to be a combination of fairs,” explained committee member Stan Rogoff.

  • Fiire damages McMilly Road mobile home

    Firefighters from the Shallotte Fire Department responded to a fire in the kitchen of a mobile home on McMilly Road Friday afternoon.

    According to fire chief Paul Dunwell, the fire started in the area of a window-mounted air conditioner in the kitchen. The cause may have been an electrical or mechanical failure in the unit. The fire was controlled by Shallotte firefighters shortly their arrival.

    The fire damage was limited to the kitchen, but smoke and heat damage was throughout the structure. The property was uninsured.

  • Leland mom, lifelong resident dies in Columbus County crash

    Dawn Baldwin-Ivey of Leland, a former Miss Brunswick County and lifelong county resident, died Friday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center related to injuries received in a traffic collision July 23.

    Her friends and colleagues remember her as someone who loved “giving back” to the community through her work with local nonprofits and schools and was proud of her home county.

    Baldwin-Ivey was the wife of officer Tillman Ivey of the City of Wilmington Police Department and the mother of three children Jacob, 12, Shelby, 9, and Bryanne, 5.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Dennis Michael Martin Sr., 41, of 72 Fairway Drive, Shallotte, with being a fugitive from justice. He was wanted by authorities in Hillsborough County, Fla. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and held on a $50,000 secured bond.

  • Fair may be a fun way to boost business, local appeal

    I was quite surprised and pleased when I learned about a local group’s plans for a “family day fair and exposition” next year in Shallotte.

    The goal of the four-day event is to bring people into town for fun, entertainment and to support local businesses. My recent interview with the organizers started me thinking about the various fairs I attended over the years, particularly the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

  • Tis the season for fresh produce

    ‘T’ Heirs Farm Market off Old Ocean Highway just outside Bolivia has fresh produce available daily. The farm stand's owner, Doris Thornton-Green, also sells her produce at local farmers markets in Shallotte and Southport.

  • Brunswick reaches Final Four in Dixie Boys World Series

     

       

    STAFF REPORT

    Brunswick County is 4-0 in the Dixie Boys World Series at Harkrader Sports Complex in Christiansburg, Va.

    Brunswick won two games Sunday—one that began at 10 a.m. and the other that began around 9 p.m. and ended at 10:55 p.m.

    On Monday afternoon, Brunswick beat Louisiana 9-3. In a night game, Brunswick routed Halifax, Va., 15-5 in six innings.