Local News

  • Jaguar's Lair developer responds


     Coastal Companies, the developer of Jaguar’s Lair, issued the following statement Nov. 5 in response to property owners’ concerns about the unfinished development.

  • Gathering garners concerns at Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Property owners say they are still concerned about stalled development and infrastructure work at Jaguar’s Lair. A small group of them, several from out of town, gathered Nov. 2 on a vacant lot at the unfinished development on the former Angels Trace Golf Course where infrastructure work has been stop-and-start since the recession.

  • Election heralds political change in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Political change is in the ocean air following the Nov. 5 municipal elections, and Sunset Beach’s newly elected mayor is gearing up for the transition.

    Former town councilman and local businessman Ron Watts, elected last week in an unopposed bid for mayor, is hopeful the election will help put the town on a more even keel following last week’s hotly contested races for three town council seats.

  • Mad about Mad Inlet?

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of people brought questions to a Nov. 6 public hearing about a proposal to remove an inlet hazard designation from a Sunset Beach island site previously occupied by Mad Inlet.

    Mike Lopazanski, policy and planning section chief for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, said his division is in the process of gathering public input and will be taking public comment until Dec. 12.

  • Carolina Shores approves Marlowtown Road rezoning

    CAROLINA SHORES — The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning measure that will allow more than one dwelling per lot in a section of the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, to adopt amendments to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance text and zoning map. Specifically, the change is to rezone the Marlowtown Road area from residential (R8) to manufactured home (MFHII) to allow for mobile homes.

  • Nov. 5 elections include tight races, add new people to boards

     Below are capsules of Nov. 5 election results that were not available in time for the Nov. 7 edition. Highlighted are races that were contested or where someone new was elected.



    Voters in the Belville commissioners’ race kept the status quo, or at least the status of the past two months, by re-electing Donna Schardien and voting in recently appointed commissioner Noreen Slattery.

    The race only had two candidates on the ballot as Schardien and Tony Huskey filed to run during the filing period.

  • Shallotte to issue grants to beautify businesses

     Shallotte business owners may be eligible for a reimbursement grant of monies used to enhance and beautify their existing business.

    The town is offering mini-grants to business owners willing to invest in dressing up their businesses and helping to beautify Shallotte.

    “Shallotte has basically an asphalt downtown. We don’t have a lot of green space,” said Mayor Sara McCullough. “We’re trying to get everybody on the same page to dress up our downtown area.”

  • Brunswick County’s test scores dip in 2012-13

     Test scores in Brunswick County schools saw a considerable dip because of increased standards across North Carolina.

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) released results Friday, Nov. 8, that show a drop statewide in performance on the new Common Core assessments, which students took for the first time last school year.

    The annual exams were changed for 2012-13 testing cycle to match the Common Core curriculum.

    School district leaders in Brunswick County say those changes historically cause a decrease in scores.

  • Leland police officer resigns after incident in Navassa

     A Leland Police Department sergeant resigned last week after berating a Navassa officer for making a stop just inside the Leland city limits.

    On Oct. 27, a Navassa police officer made a traffic stop on South Navassa Road, just inside Leland’s town line, when Sgt. Anthony Nathan and two other Leland police officers responded to provide backup.

  • Tempers flare at board meeting over ‘The Color Purple’

     Brunswick County’s Board of Education monthly meeting Nov. 5 became heated as community members shared their opinions on “The Color Purple.”

    Board member Catherine Cooke expressed concern with the book’s content to the media and shared her desires to remove Alice Walker’s novel from the Advanced Placement English reading list for 11th-grade students.