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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Education briefs

    Bolivia students make honor roll
    Bolivia Elementary has announced its honor roll for the second nine weeks of the school year.
    Second grade
    A Honor Roll: Daniel Champion, Jaylend Clemmons, Chloe Esakov, Leila Giacoman, Kristen Johnson, Maggie Knox, Makayla Lapps, John Lee, Andrea Martinez, Thomas Morgan, Luke Shelton, Madison Summers, DeLayne Taylor, Cameron Troscianiec.

  • Southport businesses donate to Dosher

    The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a donation in the amount of $1,041 from the Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory Grille in Southport. The donation represents the proceeds raised from the Dead End Saloon’s third annual Chili Cook-off on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29.

  • Club brief

    Officers named for Mostly Bluegrass Society
    The Mostly Bluegrass Society has named Jim Caulder as its president for this year. Willis Alston was selected as vice president and Tom and Ellen Freeman were elected as new directors.
    The Mostly Bluegrass Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional music performed live. The group meets from 5:30-8 p.m. every Friday at the Shallotte Senior Center.