Local News

  • Cedar Grove - Town opens redesigned community building

    SUPPLY—After years of waiting, planning, fundraising and building, the Cedar Grove Community came together Saturday morning for the opening of its new community center.

    “This was 12 years in the making. There were a lot of obstacles and setbacks, but this was (completed) with the work of a great many individuals,” Andre Herring, president of the Cedar Grove Improvement Association, said.

    “This is a gift to our children and our grandchildren.”

  • Giving a meal brought a smile and joy to local woman

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Davis shed tears as she talked about a recent holiday blessing.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, she met a few of the people who have brought joy to her life—the ladies of the Calabash Elks Ladies Auxiliary. For the past three years they have provided her and her family with free holiday meals.

    “I really wanted to meet them face-to-face,” Davis said. “They brighten my day. It makes me happy knowing they help me and other people in similar situations.”

  • New sign regulations in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—New sign regulations are in effect for Shallotte.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, aldermen unanimously passed a sign regulation amendment modifying sign regulations. No one spoke during a public hearing.

    The amendment reduces the maximum size of signs in the central business district, allows larger signs for large residential developments and makes banners temporary signs. It requires new signs in the central businesses, central waterfront and office and institutional zoning districts to be ground-mounted. It allows larger signs along U.S. 17.

  • Board agrees to fund officers at elementary schools

    BOLIVIA—It didn’t take much discussion for Brunswick County officials—county commissioners, school board members, the sheriff and their staffs—to agree to continue to provide deputies at elementary schools.

    After Monday’s joint meeting, the Brunswick County Board of Education added a vote at their Jan. 8 regular meeting to allocate $245,838 from fund balance to offset costs for deputies in elementary schools for the rest of the 2012-2013 school year.

    On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously 4-0 to pay for the deputies.

  • Survey says: County salaries 8 percent less than market average

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County employee salaries are averaging 8 percent below market average.

    That was the result of the salary study Dr. Jeff Ling, Evergreen Solutions executive vice president, presented to county commissioners on Jan. 8.

    “That’s not take home 8 percent. It’s not an 8 percent raise,” Ling said after the meeting.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate back to more than 10 percent

    Brunswick County was one of 81 counties in North Carolina whose unemployment rate increased in November.

    After dropping to 9.5 percent in October, Brunswick County’s number climbed back into double digits at 10.3 percent.

    The North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division estimates 5,200 of the county’s 50,341 residents are unemployed.

    Statewide, unemployment rates decreased in 13 counties and were unchanged in six counties in November.

  • Future of town's sweepstakes in higher hands

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town will leave it up to higher powers to determine the future of sweepstakes businesses.

    Since last week’s state Supreme Court ruling granting law enforcement authority to enforce a state ban on the machines, the town should check with the sheriff’s office to monitor local establishments’ activities, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

  • Property owner unhappy with Jaguar's Lair agreement

    Cas Kacala, one of Jaguar’s Lair’s most vocal property owners who has spoken at several town council meetings, has taken issue with the town’s new agreement with Coastal Companies approved in December.

    While the agreement outlined a work schedule for Section 1, he said it failed to address still-inaccessible sections 2A, 2B and 2C in Jaguar’s Lair, which he claims comprise the majority (92 percent) of the community’s total unfinished infrastructure.

  • Couple seeks new neighbors in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s a beautiful home in what Debbie and Larry Sweeney deem to be an ideal area.

    Since the former New Jersey residents retired here a year ago to their freshly built home, they’ve been enjoying all the amenities their community, Jaguar’s Lair, has to offer.

    Larry regularly plays golf at the “Big Cats” courses in nearby Ocean Ridge. Both enjoy going to the beach and using the amenities offered there as well.

    All they need now are neighbors.

  • Sunset Beach approves pier alignment along canal

    SUNSET BEACH—Following much debate, town council has approved an amendment that will allow alignment of piers along a mostly undeveloped island feeder canal.

    Monday night town council also approved allocating “sufficient funds” from the general budget, up to $15,000, to ensure whatever dredging is needed to keep the canal open.

    The canal in question is along North Shore Extension, on the northeast side of the island that feeds into Tubbs Inlet.