Today's News

  • In cold weather, use the proper lures

    The big cold front blew through Brunswick County last week and led to good inshore fishing last weekend.
    With sunny days and cold nights a strong possibility this weekend, the fishing should be good again. The weather is just cold enough to keep the inshore redfish and speckled trout bite going and not too cold to shut it off, which means anglers working lures to the schools when the sun is up are having good luck.

  • 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.

  • Voter ID law is a no-brainer

     We support the county commissioners’ resolution asking the General Assembly to overturn the governor’s veto of the voter identification bill. If that doesn’t happen, legislators should move forward with allowing county governments the authority to mandate voter IDs.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, in a majority vote of 4-1, supports a measure that calls for members of the North Carolina General Assembly to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the voter identification bill.

  • 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.

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Holly Elizabeth Woodell, 18, of 1625 Chadwick Landing, Shallotte, was cited for concealing a hoodie at Walmart.

    •Lost firearm on Mintz Street; victim is not sure where he placed his gun during a recent move.

    •Missing person on Willis Street, Shallotte; an Alzheimer’s patient took a vehicle.

  • Dr. Oz leads viewers down healthier yellow brick road

    I have to confess, I’m one of those fawning middle-aged women out in TV land who loves to watch Dr. Oz, the new rock star of healthy alternatives.

    Since being graced by the magic wand of Oprah—who from all indications also set up Obama—fit, 50-something Dr. Oz has been jogging down the yellow brick road of fame and influence.