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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.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed on Longwood Road

     A Longwood woman died after she was struck by a motorist on N.C. 904/Longwood Road on Thursday, Oct. 23.

    Legertha McFadden, 65, was walking on Longwood Road at 7:18 a.m. when she was hit by Matthew Gaskins’ tan 2005 GMC pickup truck, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Gaskins, a firefighter with the Sunset Beach Fire Department, never saw McFadden crossing the road, Chavis said.

    No charges will be filed, he said.

  • Candidates meet the voters

    Several hundred Brunswick County voters got to hear for themselves the opinions of candidates seeking office in the Nov. 4 general election during the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Odell Williams Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Keep it civil

    BCPOA President Bill Bittenbender reminded the audience at the top of the evening not to cheer, jeer or snicker at candidate responses, “So everyone can hear the candidates.”

    Brunswick County commission

  • Mega-kite flyer needs help for festival weekend

    Holden Beach’s kite king could use a few volunteers to help make sure the kites fly high over the North Carolina Festival By the Sea this weekend.

    John McEntire visited the Holden Beach town hall meeting Oct. 14 to spread the word that he could use some help Oct. 25 and 26, when he typically runs a number of kites into the air on the beach just across Ocean Boulevard from the Holden Beach pavilion.