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Today's News

  • Sunset at Sunset still set for Oct. 1-2

    SUNSET BEACH—Oct. 1 opening festivities of the new high-rise bridge will go on as planned, even though the span won’t be ready to open for traffic by then.
    Mark Hackney, project superintendent with English Construction Co., said last week the $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span is more likely to be ready for its first traffic crossings by mid- to late October.
    When the bridge is ready for traffic, plans are still under way for a ceremonial first crossing by a local group of Corvette owners, town council member Karen Joseph said.

  • Sunset Beach to continue pursuit of park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted 3-2 Monday to continue with negotiations and a possible new contract with owners of a 5.22-acre multi-million-dollar waterway site being eyed for a future park.

     

    The vote came after lengthy discussion that included mixed comments by 17 residents who spoke out during public comment time and each council member.

  • Holden Beach board bans items from being left overnight on beach strand

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night requiring cabanas, tents, umbrellas and other personal equipment be removed from the beach by their owners each evening.

    Items must be removed between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting next Easter weekend.

    The delay is to give realtors time to inform vacationers of the change.

    The board discussed the situation for two years before making the change.

  • Little boy’s visit to Calabash Creamery creates treasured memories for family

    If you ask Judy Christie’s 6-year-old grandson Alex if he is different from other kids, he’ll quickly tell you he’s not.

    Alex, who visits his grandmother Judy and grandfather Tom here in Shallotte every summer, has a medical conditional called mitochondrial disorder. The disease affects different people differently, and for Alex it means his digestive system doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. 

  • What happened to fiscal conservatism, commissioners?

    Why are county commissioners paid a salary?

    They get paid for attending meetings. They get paid mileage to travel to and from meetings. They get paid to talk to constituents on the phone. 

    So, why then, are they paid a salary—$13,858 for chairman Bill Sue and $11,548 for each other commissioner?

    Every commissioner we asked seemed to have a different take on what exactly they’re getting paid their salaries for, and what exactly constitutes a meeting. 

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 1, 2, 3 and 7 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Sept. 1

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerks Courtney Graham and Jennifer Hearn:

    Jason Anthony Abalos, PG improper equipment.

  • Board to examine PAC policy

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education want to know exactly who is serving on each school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and how long members have been on board.

    According to board policy, a PAC member cannot serve more than three years at a single school. A list of current PAC members reviewed by board members Tuesday night shows one PAC member has served five years and several others have served for three. Some schools do not list terms for their members.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

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

    •Christopher Eugene Norris, 40, of High Point; charged with shoplifting at Walmart.

    •Lavernal Tean Nicholson, 19, of Bolivia; charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to appear.

    •Tunaisha Lynn Tooley, 29, of Supply; charged with failure to yield, no insurance and displayed a revoked registration plate following a two-car wreck on Main Street.

  • Museum Foundation’s executive director moving on to new opportunities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is searching for a new executive director.

    Executive director Scott Kucera, who has been with the foundation since 2005, has accepted an education extension and training specialist position with the Division of Coastal Management in Beaufort. His last day in Brunswick County is Oct. 8.

    “We have family in that area,” Kucera said, adding he and his wife both lived in the Beaufort area before moving to Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners deny request asking for increased height restrictions

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioners denied a request for an amendment to the zoning text height ordinance Tuesday morning in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The request from Waterway Cove asked the height restriction in multifamily residential zones be increased to 42 feet from grade. The current height restriction is 36 feet.