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Today's News

  • Parking changes have made a crowded island potentially dangerous

    As much as I would love to be an island homeowner, I have to settle on living in a more affordable inland area and day-tripping to local beaches.

  • New hospital is welcome addition

    Finding quality healthcare in a rural community can sometimes be difficult. It’s not uncommon for people in such areas to have to travel beyond their communities to access high quality, state-of-the-art healthcare.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 29, 30 and July 1, 5 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, June 29

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

  • Sunset Beach to review garbage, parking violations July 19

    Garbage and parking violations are on Sunset Beach Town Council’s agenda for its next monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 19.

    Other items of business include a solar compactor demonstration and discussion, pay plan adjustments, beach patrol reserve officers, a Wildlife Resources Commission agreement, underground wiring, consideration of an annexation resolution, and VIPER radio questions.

    At the start of the session, council is scheduled to interview candidate Bob Tone for a vacancy on the town planning board.

  • Man charged for assaulting dad in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A 35-year-old man is being held at Brunswick County Detention Center after being charged with assault on his dad.

    Scott Brandon Helms, 35, is being held under $2,500 bond after being charged with misdemeanor assault July 8 at a residence on Dogwood Drive.

    The arrest occurred after a man was held down and beaten in the face with a fist by his son, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Sunset Beach residents file lawsuit over bridgework damages

    Sunset Beach residents have filed a lawsuit for damages they claim were caused to their home by construction of the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge.

    Colie L. Dooley Jr., his wife Frances Dooley, Alicia Schoonmaker and Colie L. Dooley III are listed as plaintiffs in the suit filed against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, state transportation secretary Eugene A. Conti and English Construction Co.

  • Summertime good for reviewing (un)mannerly behavior at the beach

    As crowds gather at the summertime coastline, so do their manners—or lack thereof.

    TripAdvisor, a travel website, recently brought that revelation to light with release of results from its latest beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 2,000 U.S. travelers.

  • Proposed park still considered in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Proposed ideas for a future town “serenity” park will be reviewed by a town committee that launched the idea.

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners voted last week to return a consultant’s proposed ideas to the town communications advisory committee for consideration.

    “It’s up to the communications committee,” Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said at the July 7 town commissioners meeting, as to whether the committee favors such a park and to make recommendations to town commissioners.

  • Long road to recovery for motorcycle wreck victim

     SHALLOTTE—The night of Tuesday, May 31, is one Robin (Chris) Taylor can’t remember but his body will never let him forget.

    Taylor can’t remember anything for a few days before and a week after May 31. He only recalls what he has been told and what the police reports say happened to him.

    “I don’t remember anything from a couple of days before to one week later,” Taylor said from the front porch of his Shallotte home. “I couldn’t even remember if I had gone to work that day.”

  • Town decides to pursue a terminal groin

     

     

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners agreed Tuesday it is in the town’s best interest to take necessary steps to position the town in alignment with state requirements to pursue a terminal groin.

    In June Senate Bill 110 became law, permitting up to four terminal groins along North Carolina’s coast.

    Prior to Senate Bill 110, there was a nearly 30-year ban on hardened structures along North Carolina’s beaches.