Today's News

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve exercise stations

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    HOLDEN BEACH--In a rare split vote, Holden Beach Commissioners approved spending up to $20,000 for a par course [a series of fitness stations] to be built between Greensboro and Scotch Bonnet streets.

    Commissioners purchased that tract of land at the turn of the year.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 27, 28, 29 and Aug. 1 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, July 27

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Carl Ray Abercrombie, assault on a female, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Former commissioner Dixon honored in Calabash

    CALABASH—Former town commissioner Bill Dixon received accolades and applause Tuesday night for his service to the town.

    During a ceremony at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting, Dixon was recognized by the town board and staff.

    Dixon resigned in May after five-and-a-half years with the town, citing health reasons.

    Town clerk Kelley Dixon presented Dixon with a plaque expressing gratitude for his dedication to the town.

  • Boat ramp? One is on the way in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—For the fourth year in a row, the town has been without a boat launch.

    But, as outlined at recent town meetings, a new boat ramp is on the way. Just give it one more year, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker says.

    Parker, speaking at a recent town meeting, guesstimates the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is poised to start construction of the planned waterway facility across the street from Twin Lakes Restaurant later this year, with projected completion by next summer.

  • Future park on Sunset Beach agenda

    Discussion about a future town park is on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s next monthly workshop at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    Jim Pryor, director of the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, is supposed to discuss a “park development planning approach,” according to a workshop agenda.

    Other agenda items include signs for the park and boat ramp and review of draft proposals for a personnel consultant and engineering consultant.

  • Garden/event space 'not necessarily being pursued' in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—It’s not a park, and it’s not necessarily being pursued.

    Those are some of the statements town officials made in recent days regarding a proposed idea for a future community garden/event space, as it’s called in the town administrator’s report.

    Though the town has contracted with a consultant to prepare conceptual plans, town officials have said the proposed site isn’t in stone yet.

  • Not gone and not forgotten: Old Sunset Beach bridge still stopping traffic

    SUNSET BEACH—Late last year, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge was officially shut down to make way for a taller, more deluxe Intracoastal Waterway bridge that wouldn’t break down or tie up traffic at the most inopportune times.

    The half-century-old span had done its time and it, along with its six human operators, was finally retired.

  • More car break-ins investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police are investigating several more car break-ins reported in the past week.

    •A Garmin GPS, Sony CD player and 10 music CDs were reported stolen Aug. 7 from a vehicle parked on Fourth Street.

    •A Sirius Starmate 4 satellite radio was reported stolen Aug. 4 after someone entered an unlocked vehicle on 39th Street.

    •A Kodak EasyShare camera was reported stolen Aug. 3 from a vehicle on Fourth Street.

  • Keep those garbage cans a'rollin' on time to avoid $50 fine in Sunset Beach

    Memo to anyone in Sunset Beach with a garbage can in need of emptying:

    Notice is hereby given you’d better be mindful of the scheduled pickup times by the local Waste Industries garbage truck. This includes the time frame you’re allowed to (1) roll the can out to the end of your driveway prior to pickup and (2) roll the can back up the driveway and out of “unsightliness” after pickup.

    If you’re not aware of the rules, it could cost you a $50 fine.

  • Town agrees to $14,000 settlement

    The town of Carolina Shores and former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut have agreed to a $14,000 settlement.

    That’s the amount the town will pay Chestnut following her firing from the town last year, in May 2010. Chestnut subsequently filed a lawsuit against the town, seeking damages in excess of $10,000.