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  • Teams, participants gear up for annual Relay for Life

     SHALLOTTE — Each year, at the end of April and early May, thousands of pink- and purple-clad people file into the football stadium area at West Brunswick High School to celebrate Relay for Life, the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.

    This Friday is expected to be much of the same as thousands are expected to file into M.H. Rourk Stadium on West Brunswick’s Shallotte campus for one of the area’s most well-attended events, the 30th Annual Relay for Life.

  • Shallotte board approves development plans

    SHALLOTTE — It was a busy night for the Shallotte Board of Aldermen at its monthly meeting April 7, as five separate public hearings were held to rezone one property to multi-family, approve conditional use permits for construction of two multi-family developments and approve two conditional use permits for a retail business and boat storage facility.


    Timberwood Trace Apartments

  • Sunset Beach council scrutinizing proposed budget

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has begun combing through the town’s proposed budget document for fiscal year 2015-16.

    At the first of at least two budgetary work sessions this week, council convened Tuesday morning, April 28, to question department heads about line-item expenditures for the proposed $5,834,663 budget for the upcoming fiscal year that takes effect July 1 and tentatively calls for a 6-cent tax increase, from 10.5 cents to 16.5 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Public works

  • Carolina Shores moves toward annexation

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a May 7 public hearing to consider annexing property for a future medical facility.

    Up for consideration for voluntary annexation are two noncontiguous Brunswick County parcels owned by Coastal Medical Properties LLC, three noncontiguous parcels and a contiguous parcel owned by Willow Tree Brunswick LLC and a contiguous parcel owned by Novant Properties LLC.

  • Strawberry fields ripen for picking

    Cold, wet weather has put a bit of a damper on this year’s crop of strawberries.

    “I can sum it up in four letters — rain,” said David Holden, co-owner of Holden Brothers Farm Market on U.S. 17 just south of Shallotte.

    “It like to totally destroyed (the season),” he said.

    But the popular produce market’s pick-your-own strawberry fields have been open and ready for business.

  • ALREADY SOLD: Buyer snaps up Sunset Beach's first Southern Living Showcase Home

    SUNSET BEACH — The area’s first Southern Living Showcase Home has already been sold, but visitors have a chance to tour it for the next two weekends.

    The Southern Living Builder Showcase Home at 8826 Kirkcaldy Court in the Thistle Estates residential and golf community in Sunset Beach, built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes of Ocean Isle Beach, has been open for tours since April 17.

  • Detectives arrest man wanted in December larceny

    Brunswick County sheriff's detectives have arrested a Longwood man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop last winter.

    Curtis James Robinson, 52, whose last known address is on Daniel Butler Road, was wanted on charges of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of failure to appear in court, according to a sheriff’s office news release. He was arrested Monday, April 27.

  • Detectives seek Leland man in thefts

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the community's assistance in finding a wanted Leland man.

    Ryan Tyler Duffy, 23, of Holly Hills Drive, is wanted on charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and felony larceny, according to a news release.

  • Bus malfunction forces evacuation

    A school bus taking students to Lincoln Elementary School in Leland malfunctioned Tuesday, April 28, forcing the evacuation of students from the bus. No one was injured.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Bus No. 210, which was transporting about 30 students, “experienced a mechanical issue this morning resulting in engine smoke,” which she identified as a turbo charger failure which caused oil to lead into the hot exhaust.

  • DWI checkpoint nets two arrests, 35 charges

    A multi-agency DWI Checking Station involving the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Leland Police Department netted two arrests and resulted in 35 charges April 24 in Wilmington.

    The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office S.A.F.E. unit, as an active participant in the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, hosted the event on the 2300 block of North College Road.