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  • NCDOT revises Southport Ferry toll hearing date and location

    Because of requests from local officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has changed the date and location of the ferry toll public hearing in Southport.

    That meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Southport City Hall, 201 E. Moore St.

  • Stewardship Development Awards presentation, luncheon is Feb. 19

    On Wednesday, Feb. 19, four distinguished regional projects will be recognized for their significant achievement and outstanding stewardship at the 2014 annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards luncheon.

    The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program honors residential, commercial and public development projects in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through protection, conservation, improvement and awareness of our natural resources.

  • Skywarn training Friday in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will host public Skywarn weather training for weather spotters at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash.

    Training is completely open to the public not only to attend but to participate in order to learn how to call in local weather circumstances to the National Weather Service.

    The training will be conducted by a representative of the National Weather Service.

    For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Carolina Shores residents speak out for recycling employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Several residents have spoken out on behalf of an employee at the town recycling center.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting Jan. 9, resident Frances Dibono questioned the actions of town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon. She said residents are also upset about recent treatment of town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin.

  • Carolina Shores mulls offer to replace recycling center employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town officials are mulling the possibility of replacing a town recycling center employee.

    Waste Industries, which handles pickup of household garbage, yard debris and recyclables at the town recycling center, has offered to provide one of its own employees at the center upon request by the town.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Sunset Beach bridge operator Bill Prince dies

    Bill Prince loved the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, so much so he taught himself how to craft replicas of the old span and even got a job as one of its operators.

    Nearly two decades after learning how to build and operate the old bridge, the Tabor City native has died — succumbing to a sudden illness Aug. 20 at 61.

    Prince was one of six operators who lost their jobs after the old bridge was finally shut down to make way for the new $44 million high-rise bridge towering above it on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.

  • Former Leland officer nabbed in high-speed chase

    A former Leland police officer was captured by area law enforcement following a high-speed chase involving gunfire Tuesday night in Brunswick and Horry, S.C., counties.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies were attempting to serve warrants on former Leland police officer Hank Smith of Supply at around 8:30 p.m. when Smith fled from deputies and a chase ensued.

    Multiple agencies pursued Smith, who was armed and fired shots during the chase that continued down U.S. 17 and across the state line into Horry County, S.C.

  • Attorneys: School board members owe district $1,920 each

    Each of the five Brunswick County Board of Education members must repay Brunswick County Schools for raises they received unlawfully in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

    Board members unlawfully approved raises for themselves as part of the 2015 district budget they approved at special called Aug. 28 meeting. Those raises were voided almost two weeks later after board attorney Rick Green and Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall determined the sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • Calabash to fix River Road pothole

    CALABASH — Though they’re not sure who owns it, town commissioners have voted to patch a huge pothole at River Road and Nance Street.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly town board meeting Sept. 9, said there is confusion about whose responsibility it is to repair the asphalt hole that is posing a hazard for traffic heading to and from the Calabash Riverfront.

    “It looks to me like the pothole is on a town street and we should go ahead and patch it,” Nance said.