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  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department observes 40 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — On Dec. 12, 1975, a fire destroyed an Ocean Isle Beach cottage owned by Franky Yarborough and sparked an idea when town board member H. Tatum Sparger said the fire showed a desperate need for a volunteer fire department.

    The Ocean Isle Fire Protection Association (OIFPA) Inc. was chartered by the state Jan. 30, 1976.

    Now in its 40th anniversary year, the former all-volunteer fire association has grown in size, expanded services to respond to all types of emergencies and become a full-time department of the town.

  • Brunswick County 2016-17 budget presented to commissioners

    BOLIVIA — County Manager Ann Hardy presented the preliminary 2016-17 budget to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $224.5 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a second year.

    The budget proposed is a little more than $10 million more than the 2015-16 budget of $214.2 million.

  • NCDOT tags Cape Fear Jetport as $215M boon to economy

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation report on the economic impact of the state’s airports estimates the Cape Fear Regional Jetport provides $215 million to the state’s economy.

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport provides a $3.3 million economic impact, according to the same report. Its economic impact increased from $2.1 million in 2012.

    The NCDOT Division of Aviation Economic Impact of Airports report states Cape Fear Regional directly impacts the economy with $129 million in jobs and businesses working from the airport near Oak Island.

  • Coastal Drug celebrates 80 years in downtown Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — Coastal Drug Store, a fixture of Shallotte’s Main Street, celebrates a milestone 80th year in business in 2016, made even more remarkable because the business remains in the Mintz family.

    Theresa Mintz, daughter of founder Fred Mintz Sr., owns the drugstore at 4802 Main St. on the northwest corner of Mulberry Street.

    Theresa, who was born in 1951, remembers the store’s first location across Main Street on the bank of the Shallotte River, which is now part of Camp United Methodist Church.

  • Sunset Beach opposes Rabon bill to 'de-annex' town sites

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council is challenging North Carolina District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, after he filed a bill last week to “de-annex” three town sites last week where development is either under way or has been proposed for development.

  • Calabash gets into budgetary mode

    The town of Calabash is looking at no tax increase as commissioners iron out details of the town’s draft budget of less than $1.2 million for fiscal 2016-2017.

    A 7 p.m. June 14 public hearing for the proposed budget, which calls for maintaining the town’s current ad valorem tax rate of 8 ¾ cents per $100 of valuation, was unanimously approved by board members at their May 10 monthly meeting.

  • Man leads deputies on chase into South Carolina

    A Tabor City man was arrested after leading Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase into South Carolina early Friday morning.

    Deputies tried to stop 37-year-old John Lee Green about 1:30 a.m. after they saw him strike a stop sign at Etheridge and Longwood roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Detectives seek man who flashed restaurant employees

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the community's assistance in identifying the man who exposed himself to two restaurant employees in the Shallotte/Ocean Isle Beach area about 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

    The dark-skinned man is thought to be in his mid- to late 40s and was last seen wearing a blue Duke hat, a striped shirt and khaki shorts, according to a sheriff’s office news release

    He left the restaurant, which was not identified, in a champagne-colored Toyota Solara.

  • Shallotte Middle student diagnosed with whooping cough

    A Shallotte Middle School student has been diagnosed with whooping cough, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release Tuesday afternoon, May 10.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whooping cough, or pertussis, has cold-like symptoms, and can last anywhere from five days to three weeks. Symptoms in the later stages of whooping cough, after one to two weeks, include a violent cough followed by a “high-pitched ‘whoop,’” potential vomiting and exhaustion after coughing.

  • Supply woman charged in December 2015 stabbing

    A Supply woman is accused of stabbing a Bolivia man last December.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 29-year-old Ashley Michelle Spencer on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon May 4.

    The alleged victim swore out a warrant showing Spencer stabbed him in the side with a butcher knife. Emergency treatment using stitches and staples was required to close his wound.