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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.

  • BSL police arrest three Venus Flytrap trappers

    Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley reported three Brunswick County residents have been charged with stealing Venus Flytraps.

    According to Shirley, at approximately 6 p.m. on April 15, Boiling Spring Lakes police officers were dispatched to the area of Barclay Road after a witness who was walking their dog observed the three subjects acting suspiciously.

    As the witness approached the individuals discarded a bag that contained several Venus Flytraps in the edge of the woods, Shirley said.

  • Sunset, Ocean Isle Beach reps hold neighborly meeting

    SUNSET BEACH – Officials from Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach sat down to discuss areas of interest between the neighboring towns Tuesday.

    One of the topics they discussed was finding areas where the two towns could share one service.

    “Are there services we each provide that we could share that could save each of us some money?” Sunset Beach Commissioner Carol Scott asked.

    “My bet is there are a number of areas, if we did work together we could save some dollars.”

  • Shallotte motorcycle builder won big at Daytona Bike Week

    Custom motorcycle builder Rodney Smith won two bike shows during Bike Week in Daytona Beach last month.

    The Shallotte resident won the bagger show – a contest for big touring bikes with saddlebags – at Boot Hill Saloon, sponsored by American Bagger magazine March 11.

    Smith designed a radical bagger, meaning a hand built bike, with a dragon theme which he named Draco.

    “It was built from scratch from a 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster, built from the frame up,” Smith said.

  • Man drowns in pond behind Little River, S.C., restaurant

     A 63-year-old Canadian man drowned in a pond behind a Little River, S.C., bar and restaurant during the weekend.

    Horry County Coroner Robert Edge identified the man as Michel Melanson, who was visiting the area on a golf outing.

    Horry County Fire Rescue personnel responded to a report of a body found behind Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Restaurant Saturday, April 12, just before 9:30 a.m. The restaurant is located just off U.S. 17.

    It is not clear how Melanson wound up in the pond, but investigators said no foul play is suspected.

  • Fire destroys two Leland homes

     A burn pit that wasn’t extinguished properly caused a fire that destroyed two homes in Leland’s Windsor Park neighborhood Sunday, April 17.

    No residents were injured.

    The fire, which started in a rolling cart between 1190 and 1188 Amber Pines Drive, was reported at 3:20 p.m.

    A resident said he watered down materials he had put in the cart from a burn pit before going to bed the night before, about five hours before emergency personnel responded.