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Today's News

  • Fence heights, parking on Sunset Beach agenda

    Fence-height and off-street parking amendments are on the agenda of the next Sunset Beach Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in town council chambers.

    Council members also will consider a request from owners that 690 Sunset Blvd. N. be designated a special sign district.

    A work session is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. prior to the meeting.

  • Hearing Tuesday for new housing in Calabash

     A public hearing for a developer planning to build multi-family housing in Calabash is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Shallotte Partners is seeking a conditional use permit to build the housing in the R-8 zoning district.

  • Bridge work shuts down N.C. 179 at Jennies Branch for next six months

    For the next six months, traffic along N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach will be rerouted to a detour as new bridge work gets under way.

    A section of the heavily traveled route was shut down Monday by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to make way for bridge replacement and roadwork between Brookhollow Drive and Jennies Branch Baptist Church.

    Signs on either side of the bridge are directing motorists to a detour onto Hale Swamp Road.

  • Commissioners’ meetings next week in Carolina Shores

     CAROLINA SHORES—Hazard mitigation and a town audit are on the agenda of upcoming town commissioners’ meetings next week.

    Penny Tysinger, director of planning and development services for Cape Fear Council of Governments, will present information about hazard mitigation at commissioners’ regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

    Isaac Norris is scheduled to present an audit report.

  • Sunset Beach pursuing bridge-related improvements

    SUNSET BEACH—An island streetscape plan and bicycle paths were among items on two town agendas last week as town boards scrutinized future improvements to tie in with the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    At a specially called meeting Nov. 19, town council continued taking a closer look at a proposed streetscape plan in the beach business (BB-1) zone along Sunset Boulevard on the island.

  • New chairman, vice chairman for Sunset Beach Planning Board

     SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has a new chairman and vice chairman.

    Former alternate board member Bill McDonald was elected chairman and Gene Allen was elected vice chairman at a Nov. 20 meeting.

  • Sunset Beach to consider annexation along N.C. 179

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will meet Dec. 15 to consider a resolution of intent to annex an area west of Sunset Beach along N.C. 179.

    The specially called meeting is set for 7 p.m. at town hall, where council also will set a date for a public informational meeting for the proposed annexation.

    Council is considering a 99-acre area, the bulk of it extending along the east side of N.C. 179 from The Colony at Oyster Bay to the Calabash River, town clerk Kim Cochran said.

  • Calabash development a’comin’ and a’slowin’

     CALABASH—The pastel buildings stand dormant along a partially paved road, the beginning of a much-heralded project that came to an abrupt stop in the wake of an economic slowdown.

  • Tips for planting spring bulbs

    It is time for planting spring-flowering bulbs. Following are some tips on more effectively utilizing bulbs:

    Color Blocking

  • Even though it’s cold outside, there is still plenty to do in the garden

    Did it get cold enough for you? More importantly, did the cold get to your houseplants and tropical plants before you could bring them inside?

    Each landscape can be analyzed to find certain microclimates within. If you have some tender plants that are still alive after the hard freeze then you may have a particular warm spot (microclimate) in the landscape where tender plants may have a fighting chance to overwinter. I am not that brave anymore to keep tropical plants outdoors unless I have a spare plant just in case the one I am testing for cold tolerance dies.