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  • Sunset Beach islanders raise environmental sand

    SUNSET BEACH —Island activists continue to question ongoing environmental issues related to construction and potential construction on the Sunset Beach island.

    The latest have to do with dune work on the Palm Cove site on the east end of the island as well as a Coastal Area Management Act permit that was recently approved for the Sunset Beach West development on the west end of the island.

  • Retiring BFA director Fred Stephens proud of agency teamwork

    Fred Stephens’ first three years with Brunswick Family Assistance started out the way many retirees settling here involve themselves with the nonprofit community help agency: By volunteering.

    “I was a food pantry volunteer,” recalled BFA’s 73-year-old executive director who is officially retiring this Thursday, June 30.

    “I worked every Friday morning and packed boxes of food,” Stephens said of his initial work that launched seven years ago at BFA headquarters in Shallotte.

  • Native plant garden completed in Mulberry Park
  • No tax increase in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE            — Shallotte passed its fiscal year 2016-17 budget as presented at a public hearing Thursday, June 23.

  • New provisions in motor vehicle laws take effect July 1

    Beginning Friday, July 1, five new motor vehicle provisions will become North Carolina law. The provisions, passed by the General Assembly, affect either vehicles or drivers in the state.

  • Man clad in underwear and socks steals truck from school

    Officers apprehended a Sunset Beach man wearing only eyeglasses, underwear and socks who they said stole a Brunswick County Schools truck from Shallotte Middle School on Thursday morning, June 23.

    Shallotte police Sgt. John Holman said 26-year-old Eric Faull Williams of Town Center Road,was taken into custody Thursday after a school employee told officials they were being followed by the man, covered in mud and grass, as he entered the school about 6 a.m., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.

  • Smithville Park playground grand opening set for July 21

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation announced the official grand opening of its new all-inclusive playground at Smithville Park in Southport will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21. There will be snacks and giveaways as well.

    This playground was funded by a grant awarded by Trillium Health Resources.

    Call 253-2670 for more information.

  • FAA issues new rules for drone operation

    The Federal Aviation Administration unveiled new rules for drone operators June 21. The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation wants to help drone owners understand the new rules and how they impact drone operations in the state.

    Drones, also called unmanned aircraft systems, are an increasingly popular technology with many potential uses. The FAA’s new rules apply to both commercial and government operations of small drones (weighing less than 55 pounds).

  • Horse owners urged to vaccinate equines

    North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equines after two horses in Horry County, S.C., contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County borders Brunswick County.

  • Concerned cyclists clean hazardous section of N.C. 179

    Local bicyclists concerned about safety got out their shovels and brooms last week to do their own roadwork.

    Paul Dordal, Dave Weller and Dan Dickerson took matters into their own hands after officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state agency wasn’t responsible for maintaining what the three deemed a particularly hazardous stretch of shoulder along N.C. 179, aka Beach Drive, just south of Shallotte.