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  • Leland EDC to begin business survey

    LELAND — If you own a business in Leland, the town’s Economic Development Committee will be in touch.

    The LEDC finalized a business survey it will deliver to 352 businesses by next week.

    The committee members also selected 70 of those businesses to contact in person.

    Committee members David Sink, chairman, Richard Allison, vice chairman, Jennifer Harris, Gene Merritt, Paul Stiegler, PJ Doherty and Michael Braddock will each contact 10 businesses to interview in person beginning Aug 1.

  • Auditor: Clerk of court’s office lags in estate filing inventory

    North Carolina’s state auditor’s office found the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s office lags in requiring estate inventory filings.

    A report released July 15 by State Auditor Beth Wood said the audit found Clerk of Superior Court Jim MacCallum’s office did not compel timely filing of estate inventories or collect estate fees in accordance with state law, which has resulted in a delay and potential loss in the collection of court costs and fees.

  • Woman reflects on 82 years of visiting Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — In 1934, Holden Beach had one road leading from the ferry dock to the “Old Hotel,” built by John Holden in 1925. It was this one road Catherine Thompson and her family traveled when she was but a few months old.

    Now, 82 years later, she and her family are still returning to the beach they fell in love decades ago.

    Catherine Thompso, of Greenville, was born March 10, 1934 in what is now Town Creek to David and Elizabeth Traynham, where her father served as a Methodist preacher at Zion Methodist Church.

  • Oak Island Jet Ski accident injures boy

    An 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Friday, July 22, after the Jet Ski he was riding collided with another Jet Ski in the Intracoastal Waterway.  

    Oak Island Fire Chief Christopher Anselmo said the accident took place at 1:30 p.m. near the 700 block of West Yacht Drive, when the Jet Ski operated by the boy’s father collided with a Jet Ski operated by his mother. The boy was seated behind his father.

  • Gators granted sanctuary at Shallotte River Swamp Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Al the alligator was the first relocated reptile to arrive at Shallotte River Swamp Park.

    The rescue gator was brought to the outdoor adventure park on Watts Road on the night of July 1, park owner Rube McMullan said.

    This summer, the park is working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to provide a new enclosed area for relocated gators. Those types of gators are ones that have typically become overly acclimated and less fearful of civilization, often attributed to people who have been feeding them.

  • Carolina Shores launches economic development board

    A new Economic Development Commission is on the job in Carolina Shores.

    The town’s new EDC board, consisting of town commissioners and Mayor Joyce Dunn, had an inaugural meeting July 14.

    The new board is already looking at future growth, convening in closed session at that meeting to hear two proposals, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.

    “One is preliminary and one is further along,” he said, describing the two as prospective industrial entities looking to locate in the town’s corporate limits.

  • Sunset Beach administrator: UDO omissions inadvertent

    SUNSET BEACH — Omission of ordinances that affected the development of Palm Cove were inadvertently repealed, Town Administrator Susan Parker said.

    Parker’s findings were outlined at Sunset Beach Town Council’s July 19 meeting after council directed her to conduct an independent investigation.

  • Residents file suit against Devaun Park Community Association

    Two residents of Devaun Park in Calabash have filed a civil summons against the Devaun Park Community Association, charging it has failed to provide requested financial records and other documents.

    Patrick and Karlie Munro filed the action Thursday, June 21, in Brunswick County Superior Court against the Devaun Park Community Association and Community Association Services Inc.

  • Calabash approves designated park smoking areas

    Smoking is now designated in Calabash Community Park.

    At their July 12 meeting, Calabash commissioners approved directing concert event organizers to establish designated smoking areas in the outer perimeters of the two-year-old park at 868 Persimmon Road.

    A town ordinance regulates smoking in town buildings or structures but does not address smoking in open areas of the park.

    Following discussion, the board was in consensus the areas be established for people wishing to smoke and that guests be made aware of the areas for their convenience.

  • Farewell 'Worms and Coffee': Midway Trading Post closing July 30

    BOLIVIA — It’s the only place in Brunswick County famously touted for more than two decades for its “Worms and Coffee.”

    When Midway Trading Post on N.C. 211 closes this coming Saturday, July 30, except for its array of dwindling souvenirs the landmark store and “Worms and Coffee” will become just a memory.