Today's News

  • Commissioner hear public comments on future Shallotte Point expansion

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners on Tuesday had a public hearing seeking input for an ordinance to establish an annexation agreement between Holden Beach and the towns of Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach.

    After outlining the current town limits to the public, Mayor Alan Holden said the agreement was for the town of Shallotte to incorporate any of the areas toward the Intracoastal Waterway, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach along the Shallotte River.

    “Shallotte is moving its boundaries closer to us, Holden Beach, and closer to Ocean Isle,” Holden said.

  • Town recognizes Dycus at meeting

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department is exploring the possibility of becoming a municipal fire department.

    At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the town board of commissioners voted to hire a consultant to come in, inspect the fire department, personnel and equipment, and further explain to the department and the city the process of becoming a municipal fire department.

  • Lottery hits in Brunswick County

    More than $450,000 has been won in lottery tickets sold in Brunswick County.

    Bobbie Brooke Williamson of Ocean Isle Beach won $200,000 in the Feb. 6 Powerball drawing, according to a press release from the North Carolina Educational Lottery.

    Williamson purchased the ticket on Feb. 6 at the Minuteman Food Mart in Ocean Isle Beach, said the store’s manager, Janice Robinson.

    Williamson could not be reached for comment.

  • Fire victims' autopsy results in; high blood alcohol levels noted

    Autopsy reports for the seven college students killed in the Ocean Isle Beach are complete.

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill completed the final autopsy late last month. Justin Michael Anderson, 19, died of “carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to smoke inhalation,” his autopsy report states.

    Dr. Steven D. Dubner and Dr. John D. Butts, chief medical examiner, noted Anderson had an ethanol concentration of 290 mg/dl, or a blood alcohol concentration of .29.

  • Shallotte planning board grapples with land use plan discrepancies

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of several rezonings that aren’t technically compatible with the recently approved land use plan.

    Board members say that plan is in need of some changes.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, the board approved rezoning two acres at 1290 Whiteville Road from light industrial to highway business.

  • San Rio developers fined for sewer permit violations

    SHALLOTTE—One of the developers of the San Rio project on Gray Bridge Road has been fined $10,000 plus $835 in enforcement costs for installing sewer lines without a permit.

    On Friday, Shallotte received notice from the North Carolina Division of Water Quality stating Sandler at Shallotte LLC, had “knowingly and willfully” decided to initiate construction of the sewer lines before the pending application was approved in October.

  • Developers, town collide over fees, sewer stations

    SHALLOTTE— Town administrator Paul Sabiston says accusations from developers he is “throwing curveballs” at them and keeping their plans from going forward are “entirely fiction.”

    At last Tuesday’s board meeting, Adam Lisk, developer of Sea Wynde Plantation, planned for Cumbee Road, and Jim Wiseman, agent for Wakefield Coastal, the developers of San Rio, accused “town staff” of not communicating all the town’s expectations to them ahead of time.

  • Sunset Beach board approves proceeding with ETJ expansion

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved proceeding with extending the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) north and east of town.

    At its Feb. 7 meeting, the board was presented with copies of a map showing a proposed ETJ expansion on the town’s northeast side.

    The expansion, if approved by Brunswick County, would extend the town’s ETJ along N.C. 904, Beach Drive and Old Georgetown Road. The map shows the expansion also would serve as a buffer to a newly annexed, vacant 64-acre parcel where a continuing care facility is to be built.

  • We're looking for interesting people stories all year round

    At the end of last year, I put out a call to readers to submit recommendations for our annual “Ten Most Interesting” features. We asked readers to nominate people worthy of a special story about some of the cool, unique and fun things people in our community do on a regular basis.

  • Competition is never an excuse for irresponsible reporting

    News media, like any other profession, is a competitive field. Every reporter wants to be the first one with the story, the first one to break the news.

    Competition is fine, and some would even say it’s healthy. But when it reaches the point of being a journalist’s top priority and causes harm, it needs to stop.

    Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent two press releases to the four newspapers and two television stations that serve Brunswick County.