The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina, has direct ocean access. The three bedroom, two bath, cottage was fully renovated prior to the 2009 rental season. Enjoy relaxing ocean breezes and walks on the beach. The home is pet friendly.
The Hi-Sea continues to be one of the most sought after cottages on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina. The home has a tremendous rental history and provides guests with a cozy home away from home.
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The Surf City Town Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved suspending the ordinance the board passed in November, opting to seek further public input.
A public hearing on the ordinance, which will allow golf carts to operate on the town’s roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or lower, has been scheduled for the board’s Jan. 7 meeting.
“I just want to make sure whatever we do is safe for everyone in this community,” Councilman Buddy Fowler said. “I think our streets are just too narrow. Our bridge, right now, is not suited at this time for golf carts to be on.”
Fowler, who made the motion to put the ordinance on hold, voted against the ordinance. He and Councilwoman Nelva Albury said in November they did not support the ordinance because of safety concerns.
Stipulations in the ordinance include an age limit, citing that anyone driving a golf cart on the road must be at least 18. The ordinance also requires that the Surf City Police Department inspect golf carts each year and issue permits to owners who want to drive on the road.
The council has asked the police department to further study safety-related issues with golf carts on the roads as well as how much time the department may spend inspecting and issuing permits.
Fowler said he made the motion to hold off on the ordinance following phone calls from residents concerned about safety issues.
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The Society has added a new feature this year. The Burgaw Depot will be open and have numerous decorated Christmas Trees provided by local businesses. This is included in the cost of the ticket, $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3 to 10. Checks should be made payable to Pender Historical Society.
The tour and tree display will revolve around the Burgaw Christmas Tree Lighting on the courthouse square at 6 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pender County Museum at 259-8543 or available at Harrells Department Store, 107 Wright St.; Rochelle Furniture Co., 111 W. Fremont St.; Burgaw Antique Place, 101 S. Wright St.; and Brown Dog Coffee Co.103-A West Fremont St., all in Burgaw.
Holiday open house for the Herring Collection
BURGAW | The Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Collection, now an annex of Pender County Public Library, will be hosting a holiday open house, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 108 Cowan St.
Now on exhibit is an original late 17th century portrait of Virginia planter Thomas Carter in the original baroque frame on short term temporary loan from the Duplin County Historical Foundation. Thomas Carter lived 1651-1710 in the Isle of Wight County, VA but his descendants also settled in North Carolina including Duplin County. This early American portrait has been dated to 1697. The open house will also feature original water color paintings of Burgaw by Southport artist Roger Tatum as well as selected limited edition giclee art prints of the coast and mountains of North Carolina.
The open house is a companion activity to the Pender County Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour in Burgaw.
Admission to the open house is free.
The complete ticketed home tour includes admission to the new Festival of Trees at the Historic Burgaw Depot.
For more information about the ticketed tour, call 259-8543.
Historical Society of Topsail Island to meet
TOPSAIL BEACH | The Historical Society of Topsail Island will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd.
The guest speaker will be Baylus Brooks, a collections specialist/archivist from the Laupus Library at East Carolina University Greenville. He will discuss the history of the Brunswick settlement, the Battle of Brunswick and Wilmington and the migration of the “family” from South Carolina to the Cape Fear area concentrating on Sloope Point.
The lecture and lunch will be $12, $10 for senior citizens over 70. The lunch will be provided by the Home Port and the menu consist of baked chicken breast in lemon sauce, red bliss potatoes, green beans, house salad with dressing, roll, Tiramisu, fudge cake and iced tea.
Reservations must be made before Thursday, Dec. 5 by calling Susan Braun at (973) 518-2425 or email smprice614 @ yahoo.com.
Chamber launches shop local program
SURF CITY | The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring “Hometown Christmas”, a program encouraging residents to shop local this holiday season.
Businesses participating in the Hometown Christmas program are offering discounts and specials through Dec. 26.
Participating in this year’s Hometown Christmas program are Bellavie Boutique, Bumblebee, Carolina Decor More, Finesse Pro Services, Inc., Gallagher’s Bar Grill, The Gift Basket, Hampstead Pool, Spa Patio, Inc., Mia’s Marketplace, Olde Point Golf Country Club, Quarter Moon Books Gifts, Sugar Island Bakery, The Topsail Island Trading Company, Topsail Sportswear, Inc., and Treasure Realty.
The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce serves the business community from Scotts Hill to Sneads Ferry.
Details: 329-4446 or www.topsailchamber.org
Topsail Coast Guard Auxiliary elects officers
TOPSAIL | The Greater Topsail Area Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 10-09 announces the election of its officers for 2014. Ken Yackly of Hampstead was elected as flotilla commander and Bill Woodhouse, of Hampstead, was elected as vice flotilla commander.
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GREENSBORO — A busted water main on Wendover Avenue had police detouring traffic and crews working to seal the pipe earlier on Friday.
At least one lane was closed near the Wendover and Norwalk intersection.
There was no word on what caused the break.
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