Local News

  • Holden Beach OKs terminal-groin pursuit

    HOLDEN BEACH—It’s official—the town of Holden Beach is pursuing the possibility of having a terminal groin installed on the east end of the island.

    And the first step comes with a price tag of about $300,000.

    At a special meeting Jan. 4, the town board of commissioners unanimously approved hiring Dial Cordy Associates, a Wilmington environmental consulting firm, to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS).

  • Wind insurance rates discussed at Holden Beach meeting

    Homeowners in North Carolina’s coastal counties pay wind insurance rates three, four or five times higher than those inland, said Tyler Newman, a representative for BASE (Business Alliance For a Sound Economy/Home Builders Association).

    “The assumption is most of the wind losses are in the coastal counties,” he said, “but 70 percent were west of the red line (roughly west of I-95) on the map.”

    Newman spoke at the Holden Beach commissioners meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

  • Brunswick Habitat building on accomplishments for new year

    Six families have decent roofs over their heads thanks to the efforts of Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in the previous calendar year.

    Erecting six new homes at various sites throughout Brunswick County was just one of the local habitat chapter’s accomplishments in 2011.

    There was also a changing-of-the-guard at the local habitat chapter as Deanna Antonio stepped up from administrative associate to become its new executive director upon former director Gary Knapp’s retirement this past April.

  • Thanks for helping with Relay floats

    To the editor:
    The Relay For Life of Brunswick County committee would like to thank everyone involved in the Christmas parade floats for Relay.
    We are thrilled to announce that we won first place in nonprofits in Shallotte and second place in Leland.
    Thank you so much for all your help and support and we look forward to a fantastic year.
    Alicia Sides
    Relay For Life Committee 2012

  • Dredging focus of latest meeting at Ocean Isle Beach


    OCEAN ISLE BEACH —Town commissioners discussed dredging of natural canals on the island at their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    In past years, the natural canals are dredged at a depth of 6 feet; however, this year the project engineer is recommending the town seek modifications to current permits to allow dredging up to 7 feet.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator, advised the dredging of the natural canals occurs on a five-year cycle.

  • Local business wants to put steel docks along Shallotte River Neighbors speak out against plan in town hearing

    SHALLOTTE— Inlet View Bar and Grill owners want to build steel docks along the Shallotte River at Shallotte Point, but some residents aren’t happy about it.

    Some residents spoke out against the plan at Monday’s board of aldermen meeting.

    During public hearing, aldermen discussed rezoning two riverfront properties containing 2.25 acres at 1800 Village Pont Road from highway business (HB) and multi-family residential (MF-14) to commercial waterfront (CW).

    Among resident concerns is potential interference with navigation in the water.

  • Got your flu shot? It's not too late

    BOLIVIA—Flu season is right on schedule.

    Though the season has been mild so far, the number of reported cases is starting to pick up a little in January.

    Fred Michael, deputy health director for the Brunswick County Health Department, says it’s also not too late to get a flu shot.

    This season, the county health department has administered a record number of immunizations—6,300 at last count.

  • Teen faces charges for sedating 4-year-old

    A Carolina Shores teenager has been charged with child neglect after police say she gave a prescription pill to a 4-year-old girl she was baby-sitting last month in Little River, S.C.

    Olivia Rahne Smith, 17, of 12 Cleek Court, Carolina Shores, was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond Jan. 7 after being booked Jan. 5 into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

    She was charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

  • Carolina Shores may share building inspection service with Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is looking into a possible interlocal agreement with the neighboring town of Calabash to share building inspection services.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at a town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday, Jan. 5, said he had spoken with Calabash’s town administrator, Chuck Nance, about the possibility.

    “We’re all in agreement it would be beneficial for the two towns,” Hargett said.

  • Calabash's first New Year's Eve bonfire a hot success

    CALABASH—Town leaders have agreed the town’s first New Year’s Eve bonfire was an overwhelming success.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight even awarded a plaque at Tuesday night’s monthly town board of commissioners meeting to longtime town services employee Jim McCartney. He was recognized for all of his help with the festive celebration that took place on the Calabash riverfront.

    McCartney, who also works with the Calabash Fire Department, later said he had plenty of help from others.