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Today's News

  • Deficit in school budget ‘not as bad’ as anticipated

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County school officials think the final budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year will not be as bad as anticipated.

    The district’s preliminary budget included about $4 million in state reductions, which included a discretionary reduction and another estimated three percent reduction. Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, said the state opted to use lottery money to help save teacher jobs throughout the state, and the three percent reduction is not set to take place this fiscal year.

  • Local officials say they'll continue push for terminal groins

    Mayor Debbie Smith said the east end of Ocean Isle Beach “has had a problem on and off for many years,” and more than a dozen homes have been relocated due to continual erosion of the beach strand. She can only recall one that was truly lost due to erosion.

    “It gradually went away,” she said.

    To help save the east end and beaches along the coast in similar situations, Smith has been vocal in supporting Senate Bill 832, which would allow currently banned terminal groins from being built in inlets to help combat erosion.

  • Towns, residents struggle with erosion, looking for solutions

    Thirteen years ago, Eli Gold and his wife, Claudette, had a plan. They purchased the last house on East Third Street in Ocean Isle Beach and planned to retire there full-time once their daughter went to college.

    They never dreamed their retirement plan would be at risk of one day being swallowed by the sea.

    Thirteen years ago, the Golds’ house was behind four other houses. Third Street extended beyond their property line, and the town’s infrastructure was intact.

    Over the years, “the erosion eventually won,” Eli Gold said.

  • Seafood Capital celebrates legacy of eateries Friday

      CALABASH—Diners lining up in the Seafood Capital during a busy summer suppertime can see the good-natured debate and choices live on when it comes to eating Calabash-style.

    “This is it!” proclaims a sign and arrow pointing out Beck’s Restaurant near the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

  • 'The Music Man' plays final weekend at Thalian Hall

    Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill has hit River City, Iowa—and Wilmington—looking to con the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band.

    Opera House Theatre Company is presenting its third and final week of “The Music Man” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 23-25, on the main stage at Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Based on Meredith Willson’s classic production, this local rendition plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday.

  • Theft, vandalism reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a breaking-and-entering and larceny reported July 12 at a condominium on Resort Circle.

    A renter had left behind a makeup kit that was supposed to be placed by housekeepers on the condo bar for her to retrieve. When the victim returned to get the kit, it was gone.

    Vandalism was reported around 3 a.m. July 14 on 30th St., when someone threw a rock through a front window of a residence.

  • Barber snippy about forced sign removal

    SUNSET BEACH—For the past year and a half, barber Richard Candlemo said he was allowed to have a directional sign to his shop in the Seaside business complex.

    That all changed last week when the town told him the sign was a violation and he had to remove it.

    Last week, the owner of Richard’s Barber Shop was warned by the town building department he would be fined $50 a day if he didn’t remove the sign from his parking space at the complex.

  • Sunset Beach: No segue for Segways unless on 25 mph street

    SUNSET BEACH—Judy Panarello tried to bring Segways to town to give people a different segue into Sunset Beach.

    But town rules placed limitations on the electric two-wheelers, so Panarello moved her Segway tours a little farther south to Little River, S.C.

    For starters, Segways are only allowed on streets with speed limits not exceeding 25 miles per hour.

    Panarello, a partner with Myrtle Beach Segway, says she also isn’t allowed to rent the vehicles within town limits.

  • New Hope Clinic grand opening in Boiling Spring Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Welcoming visitors to New Hope Clinic’s new 4,000-square-foot facility, nursing coordinator Barbara Lidoski said it was a far cry from the nonprofit’s previous clinic housed at two rented storage offices on N.C. 211.

    “It was tiny, tiny, tiny,” Lidoski said Saturday of the old clinic during grand opening festivities of the new facility at 201 West Boiling Spring Road.

  • Man makes pitch for ditch in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—John Tutchton brought pictures of an overgrown ditch to a recent town meeting, pictures nobody clamored to see.

    The Village at Calabash resident asked who is responsible for cleaning the tree- and brush-choked gully that extends from the neighborhood’s entrance to the boundaries of the former Calabash Golf Links course.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls responded the community’s POA owns the ditch.

    “The town does not,” he said.