Local News

  • Sunset Beach to consider park-engineering contract Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has agreed to delay deciding a proposed $95,500 park-engineering contract until its next monthly meeting next Monday night, June 24.

    The meeting starts at 6:45 with a pre-agenda workshop, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall.

    The decision came at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday morning at town hall following discussion with Chuck Smith, director of planning and landscape architecture with Withers & Ravenel engineering and surveying firm of Cary.

  • Rules for low-speed vehicles in North Carolina

    Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) must be titled and registered and inspected with a report confirming the vehicle is equipped for road use and meets all DOT safety standards.

    The operation of a low-speed vehicle is authorized with the following restrictions:

    (1) A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets and highways where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.

  • Rules of the (LSV) road

    As the town of Sunset Beach pursues lowering the speed limit on its island causeway to 35 miles per hour, a debate has ensued among townspeople about the safety of low-speed vehicles (LSV) traveling to the island.

    If the speed limit reduction is approved, it would enable electric- or gas-powered LSVs to cross over from the Sunset Beach mainland to the island using the high-rise bridge.

  • Eye for the South brings outsider art to Calabash

    CALABASH—Outsider art is what Eye for the South is all about.

    The new art shop and gallery, which opened in March in the Low Country Stores complex in Calabash, features the work of regional, Southern artists who are all self-taught.

    That is, after all, what outsider art is all about.

    “They’ve had no formal training,” shop owner Ron Causey said, standing amid the array of work on display on walls and shelves inside his shop.

  • Calabash OKs sign pointing way to waterfront

    CALABASH—Do you know the way to the Calabash riverfront?

    Granted, most locals probably do, but out-of-towners may find it more challenging, the town board of commissioners agreed at their monthly meeting June 11.

    The board approved installation of a new sign pointing the way to Calabash waterfront dining and fishing.

    The sign went up at 1080 River Road, which is the home of local restaurateur Crystal Coleman Nixon and is in the commercial business zone.

  • Calabash EMS open house Saturday

    Calabash Volunteer EMS will have an open house 1-5 p.m. this coming Saturday.

    The open house will take place at the EMS station at 9031 Beach Drive in Calabash. The public is invited.

  • Sweepstakes company files summons against Calabash, sheriff, DA

    CALABASH—An Internet sweepstakes company has filed a civil summons against the town of Calabash, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David.

    Internet Café & Sweepstakes of Calabash, at 1224 Riverview Drive, seeks a declaration that privilege license fees charged by the town over the past three years violate the state constitution and a mandatory injunction that would require Calabash to refund an estimated $76,900, plus 6 percent interest annually, paid to the town by the corporation also referred to as ICS-C.

  • UPDATE: Suspect arrested

    Suspect Jerry Onasis Melvin, shot overnight at a DWI checkpoint, has been arrested and is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center under $250,000 bond.

    Melvin, 42, of Isabelle Trail in Leland, has been charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count of felony conspiracy (for the speeding to elude charge).

  • CIS offers before- and after-school care with staggered start

    Brunswick County Schools’ decision to go to a staggered start schedule threw off Communities in Schools after school program plans.

    But CIS has reorganized and expanded its services to provide before-school and after-school programs in the new school year.

    “For the last several years we have operated after-school child care programs from the time schools released (students) until 6 p.m.,” CIS director Kathy Smith said.

  • Quick thinking weather boy earns a medal from Varnamtown officials

    When a tornado touched down in Varnamtown on Friday, it was a moment one resident has prepared for almost his whole life, all eight years of it.

    The National Weather Service reported an EF-0 tornado—based on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale used to rate the strength of tornadoes based on the damage they cause—touched down near Varnamtown along Stone Chimney Road at 1:22 a.m. Friday, June 7. While the tornado was rated on the weak end of the scale, winds were estimated at 70 mph, trees were downed, and there was some damage.