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  • Leland intersection to close for week

    The intersection of Fairview Road and Baldwin Drive in Leland will be closed to all through traffic July 23-27, weather permitting.

    The closure is necessary so Harrington Village contractors can install concrete crosswalks.

    Motorists are asked to be alert when driving in this area.

  • Carolina Shores residents question FEMA flood maps

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents sprinkled town commissioners with questions before the board approved Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps at the July 12 town meeting.

    Beacon Townes resident Bill Steuernagelasked about ramifications on people who bought in the community.

    “What about the rest of Carolina Shores?” he asked. “Is this a ticking time bomb?”
    Other residents in The Farm at Brunswick had concerns about how the maps will affect them and costs.

  • Validity questioned on filling Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Two Sunset Beach Town Council members are questioning the validity of action earlier this month that halted the appointment of a mayoral candidate.

    Council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato took issue after councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern first voted not to seat sole candidate Greg Weiss at the July 2 council meeting.

    Harris and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton voted in favor, resulting in a split vote because Cerrato was absent.

  • Calabash restaurant fire continues to smolder at town meeting

    The June 26 fire at George’s Pancake House may be out, but it was still a hot topic at last week’s Calabash Board of Commissioners meeting.

    The issue ignited during the July 10 meeting when commissioner Cecelia Herman, who serves as board liaison with the Calabash Fire Department, disputed rumors the department wasn’t first on the scene of the restaurant fire reported at 2:55 p.m. at 9941 Beach Drive.

  • SB Mayor Pro Tem found guilty of DWI, plans appeal

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton has been found guilty of driving while impaired and driving left of center.

    The verdict came during a hearing July 2 with Judge Jerry A. Jolly presiding, prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones.

    Benton told the Beacon he plans to appeal the verdict.

    Benton, 61, was arrested by Sunset Beach police April 4 after he left The Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard North around 9:30 p.m.

  • July 17 Calabash concert cancelled, rescheduled

    Due to the weather forecast, the Calabash Summer Concert featuring Chocolate Chip & Co. scheduled for Tuesday night, July 17, has been cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

  • Calabash adopts FEMA flood maps before Aug. 28 deadline

    Calabash commissioners have officially adopted Federal Emergency Management Act flood maps and a flood-damage prevention ordinance by the Aug. 28 deadline.

    Unanimous approval came at the July 10 town board meeting. There were no comments during public hearings on these two agenda items.

    Commissioners unanimously approved adding a 10K race to this year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot as well as changes to relocate the race route to start and end along the Calabash Riverfront.

  • Drone flown over Carolina Shores to aid flood mitigation mapping

    CAROLINA SHORES — It’s not every day a drone flies over the town, but it was just another day of data-gathering for a UNCW graduate student and technology pro.

    UNCW graduate student Jeffrey Canaday and Dave Wells, computer/electronics technician with UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, came to town June 27 to launch a pricey, fixed-wing, high-tech eBee SenseFly drone being used in a collaborative effort with the town and a consultant for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) flood mitigation study.

  • Belville mourns Schardien during goodbye to Breault

    BELVILLE — Belville officials expected to lose one commissioner at the July 16 meeting after Joe Breault announced his resignation from the town board because of health issues in June.

    But they also said goodbye to commissioner Donna Schardien, who died July 13 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

    Mayor Mike Allen announced May 14 that Schardien would take a 90-day leave of absence from the town board to recover from a car accident.

  • OIB board approves ordinance on beach digging

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials aren’t digging the number of holes left on Ocean Isle Beach this summer and put an ordinance in place July 10 to prohibit excessive excavations.

    Mayor Debbie Smith said the ordinance proposed Tuesday addresses a larger problem than kids digging small holes while playing on the beach.