Today's News

  • Calabash sign needs something instead of nothing, citizen says

    CALABASH—A resident says the town welcome sign needs to make people feel more welcome.

    Former town commissioner Cecelia Herman, speaking at Tuesday night's monthly Calabash town board meeting, took issue with the sign at the north-bound entry into town on N.C. 179 when it's blank.

    "It makes me feel like our town is closed, that there's nothing going on there," Herman said, asking the board to consider putting something on the sign even when nothing special is happening.

  • Ocean Isle mascot dog passes on to canine heaven

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Doppler was an Ocean Isle mainstay, an anchor, light and fixture routinely stationed right next to the Intracoastal Waterway.

    People who visited Ocean Isle Fishing Center usually met and socialized with the friendly golden retriever, since that’s where he most often could be found.

    “He was my pet,” said Capt. Brant McMullan of the fishing center’s official canine greeter. “He’d been here ever since we opened.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs raises for firefighter certifications

    SUNSET BEACH—Following debate that took up much of Monday morning, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved salary adjustments for employees who have received certifications.

    Council voted 4-1 to approve the salary adjustments at the specially called 9 a.m. meeting. Town councilwoman Carol Scott cast the only dissenting vote.

    The vote means council will go ahead and grant 2.5 percent pay increases for 17 certifications submitted by Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee.

  • Harbor seal visits Shallotte Point

    A harbor seal visited near Shallotte Point last week.

    The seal swam up and rested on a dock, according to residents who photographed the seal.

    According to NOAA Fisheries, “harbor seals are generally non-migratory and occur on both the U.S east and west coasts. On the East Coast, harbor seals are found from the Canadian Arctic to southern New England, New York and occasionally end up in the Carolinas.”

  • Bird Island ranks in Yahoo! Travel list

    SUNSET BEACH—Bird Island is more than just a scenic beach walk to a mystical mailbox.

    Now, the uninhabited, state-owned island has earned a place in Yahoo! Travel’s “World’s Most Unusual Beaches” listing.

    It is among 10 beaches cited in the listing released in January. In this latest recognition, Bird Island is included with beaches in Ireland, Greece, England and New Zealand, as well as other beaches in the United States.

  • Sunset Beach annual retreat is Feb. 21

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its day-long annual retreat next Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Osprey Room A of the Sea Trail Conference Center.

    Council’s agenda is as follows:

    8:15-8:45 a.m. breakfast; 8:45-9:30 a.m. budget preparation process; 9:30-10:15 a.m. community meetings; 10:15-11:15 a.m. beach patrol vs. reserve officers; 11:15-noon bike trails/pedestrian walkways; noon-1 p.m. lunch break; 1-3:30 p.m. capital improvement, five-year financial plans review; 3:30-5 p.m. project schedule review.

  • More parking changes for Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved allowing only parallel parking on the main thoroughfares of the island.

    Approval came at the council’s monthly meeting Feb. 6.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott, who has long favored parallel parking as a safety measure, said it won’t prevent people from parking but will be safer.

    Solar waste devices

    Council also discussed at length use of BigBelly solar trash and recycling receptacles that were loaned to the town by Waste Management.

  • Residents question tree removal at Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The fate of trees remains up in the air after a roomful of residents bombarded the manager of Carolina Shores Golf Course with questions.

    Golf course manager Philippe Bureau reiterated plans at the Feb. 9 town board meeting to remove around 900-1,000 pine trees that are interfering with sunlight and the club’s ability to grow grass, especially on the greens.

  • New high school football rules

     By NCHSAA

    High school football players must sit out one play next year if their helmet comes off while the ball is live.

    In cases where the helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a foul by the opponent, the player will have to leave the game for at least one down.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 1, 2, 3 and 6 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, Feb. 1

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Rafi Adi, PG speeding 69/60.