Today's News

  • Ocean Isle approves Flotilla Nov. 28, fireworks July 3, 2016

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach board members unanimously approved a contract with a new fireworks company, East Coast Pyrotechnics, to provide an Independence Day fireworks display July 3.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey told the board during its Nov. 10 meeting staff members are awaiting written permission from the Williamson family, owners of the Ocean Isle Beach Pier, to use it once again for the fireworks show. She said the town was not able to obtain its intended date, July 1, but agreed upon July 3 with a rain delay alternate date of July 6.

  • Board of Adjustment to resume Riverside North request

    The Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, to continue addressing a developer’s request for a 15-foot front-yard setback reduction to accommodate plans to build nearly 70 single-family homes on Riverside Drive.

    Following a four-hour hearing Oct. 14, the board agreed to continue Sammy Varnam’s request for his proposed Riverside North project.

    Agent Chris Stanley and town planning director Rawls Howard outlined the request to reduce the 25-foot front-yard setback at the site along Jinks Creek.

  • Consultant encourages FlexCode zoning for Leland’s next Master Plan

    LELAND — Leland brought in the PlaceMakers Consulting Team in 2012 to help create a gateway area in the older part of town along Village Road.

    The town brought PlaceMakers back Nov. 10-13 to help update its Master Plan.

    Town Manager David Hollis described the goals included in the 2009 Master Plan as aspirational, where the next Master Plan will build on the realities the town officials have seen in the past six years.

  • Brunswick County could soon be seller’s market

    Compared with real estate statistics from 2014, the housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released Tuesday, Nov. 17, by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    October “was another great month” for residential real estate sales, BCAR CEO Cynthia Cumbie said, noting Brunswick County had a “considerable increase in sales and average prices in 2015 compared to the previous year.”

  • Inlet View’s faithful host dies at 91

    Everyone in Shallotte Point seems to have a Junior story. That’s the legacy 91-year-old C.W. Hughes Jr., better known as Junior, will leave after his Nov. 9 death.

    Following a stroke in August, Hughes’ condition worsened and he eventually succumbed to the effects Nov. 9, his daughter, Samantha Hughes, said.

  • Holden Beach to increase recycling fee

    HOLDEN BEACH — At her last town meeting as a board member Nov. 10, commissioner Sheila Young took one last shot at making recycling mandatory in Holden Beach.

    The town board considered a budget increase to meet the cost increase for curbside recycling provided by Waste Industries.

    Town Manager David Hewett explained when the program began in 2012 that the curbside recycling cost was $43.20.

    The town added a handling fee of $6.20 to the cost to pay for emptying recycling bins.

  • Lawyer: Developer’s Sunset Beach West ownership in doubt

    A developer proposing to build on oceanfront land west of the Sunset Beach island hasn’t proven he owns the land, according to a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    SELC senior attorney Geoffrey Gisler has determined the developer of the proposed Sunset Beach West development “has not demonstrated necessary property rights” and the deed included in the application is a general warranty deed, dated April 9, 2014, “prepared without opinion of title.”

  • County to build playground at park

    A new playground at Smithville District Park in Southport will be built in the coming year, thanks to a grant from Trillium Health Resources. The town received $350,000 after applying for the agency’s Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.

  • What can Toastmasters do for you?

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

    Hi, I am Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, and I am a Toastmaster. How many of you have introduced yourself this way? Nowadays, I can with confidence and with comfort.

    My question is, how did I arrive at this level of comfort and confidence? What has Toastmasters done for me? More importantly, what can Toastmasters do for you? Is Toastmasters right for you?

  • Veterans’ Memorial unifies our community

    Most of the time, I don’t think we’d have much of a community, let alone a society, if we all always shared the same point of view all the time, but the bellicosity of some of the races in the Nov. 3 election left me feeling defeated. And while voter turnout was better than in years past, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections, I was disappointed by the final tally of 22.98 percent. I was starting to doubt whether anything could bring us all together anytime soon.