Local News

  • Ocean Isle Beach director wins award

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments has named Justin Whiteside the 2007 Outstanding Planning Director of the Year.

    Whiteside said he received the award during an awards dinner last month.

    “I haven’t been doing this that long,” he explained.

    Whiteside began working for Ocean Isle Beach nearly five years ago. He started as a code enforcement official and CAMA local permit officer. Two years ago, he was promoted to planning director.

  • More space needed for ABC store

    The ABC Store in Ocean Isle Beach is too crowded, town commissioners argue.

    The store’s lack of storage was discussed during the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting last Tuesday.

    Planning director Justin Whiteside said at the current building, on Causeway Drive, popular liquor is purchased in bulk when its on sale. The current facility does not provide enough storage to do so. With the summer season approaching, Whiteside presented several options for the board to consider.

  • Shallotte firefighters enjoy move into long-awaited new building

    SHALLOTTE—Firefighters have moved into the town’s long-awaited new fire station—a modern facility far removed from the old one-room station that held the growing fire department for nearly 40 years.

  • Town of Shallotte to adopt new sewer transmission fee policy

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen have decided to revise the sewer transmission fee policy that developers have been complaining about for months.

    Last Wednesday, the board instructed town administrator Paul Sabiston to prepare a resolution to be adopted at next week’s pre-agenda meeting. The new policy would require developers to pay $60,000 for 60 units at the time they request preliminary plat approval and another $60,000 when they start the next phase.

    “It prevents somebody with 200 units asking to pay for 10 now and the others later,” Sabiston explained.

  • Plans unfolding for new continuing care facility in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans are under way for a new continuing care retirement community, the first of its kind in Sunset Beach.

    Sea Oats at Sunset is planned for a recently annexed and zoned 64.25-acre tract on the east side of N.C. 904, at 1435 Seaside Road, local agent Hugh Munday of Century 21 Sunset Realty said.

    Its setup will be similar to that of a college campus, offering options in retirement living, according to information provided about the future facility.

  • Property-clearing under way for new Sunset Beach bridge

    SUNSET BEACH—Tree-clearing has begun in preparation for construction of a new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge.

    The 65-foot-tall span will eventually replace the town’s aging one-lane pontoon bridge connecting the mainland to the island.

    Joe Blair, division construction engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the contractor for the $32 million project is clearing the right-of-way for alignment of the new bridge.

    English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., started work about two weeks ago, Blair said.

  • Golf still running its course at Carolina Shores Country Club

    CAROLINA SHORES—On a cool March morning last week, the parking lots at Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club were filled with out-of-state cars.

    With business like that, residents who live along the scenic, undulating 18-hole course seemingly have little to worry about when it comes to the course’s future.

    This also is the time of year when the golfing is good, course general manager Ricky Lyons said.

    “This month is busy for every golf course,” Lyons said Monday. “We take advantage of every bit of business we can get.”

  • West to defend championship

    West Brunswick is the defending Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament champion.

    The eight-team tournament gets under way Friday with the Trojans already owning three victories against their Brunswick County counterparts.

    “He’s already beat me twice,” said South Brunswick coach Lee Shelton, “so I’d say his team is the favorite. And he’s beaten North once. They’re good.”

  • Softball tourney gets under way

    One positive way to look at the field for the 10th Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational Softball Tournament is that three-time winner West Johnston is not in the six-team field.

    The softball event takes on a different format for 2008, with two three-team pools set to determine who plays for the tournament title next Monday at 7 p.m. at West Brunswick High School.

    The 12-game tournament has been squeezed into two days, wrapped around Easter Sunday.

  • Ashley defeats West Brunswick

    SHALLOTTE—Errors in the early innings hurt the cause, and, ironically, the grandson of the Shallotte mayor went the distance for the visitors as Ashley High School defeated West Brunswick 7-3 Friday night.

    “We’re just making too many errors,” said West coach Mike Alderson. “We’re not focused. Going into the season, I thought defense would be our strong suit, but it’s been our Achilles heel. In the three games that we’ve lost, we beat ourselves.”