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  • Deputy Boulder earns red vest, becomes part of certified team

    BOLIVIA— Brunswick County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.K. Nowell has a new four-legged partner by her side.

    Boulder, a 3-year-old golden retriever, is the sheriff’s office’s newest K9, and has been working with Nowell since April.

    Boulder came to the sheriff’s office through the paws4people organization out of Wilmington.

    On Tuesday morning, Boulder received his red vest during a ceremony signifying he and Nowell had passed their Public Access Tests that ensure both are up-to-date on commands and Boulder’s behaviors on the job.

  • Matthew 25 Center to hold groundbreaking Aug. 20

    Nine years ago, Christ’s words resonated with a group of people who came together to create a temporary housing environment for families visiting loved ones at detention centers in Brunswick, Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties and Horry County, S.C.

    The center, called Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc., was inspired by Matthew 25:40, when Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs Jaguar’s Lair settlement, delays park use guidelines

    SUNSET BEACH — Following a closed session Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously voted to accept settlement and subdivision improvements agreements involving the Jaguar’s Lair bond litigation.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said the settlement agreement involves the town, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. and Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation LLC.

    Richardson said there are two other entities in the proposed settlement agreement: Angels Trace Investments LLC and Jaguar’s Lair Golf LLC.

  • Calabash minds own new business activity

    CALABASH — The business climate is brisk in the Seafood Capital, with new businesses and new activity under way.

    This past weekend, a soft opening launched the new Coastal Craft Beverage Co. craft beer bottle shop and tasting room at 10080 Beach Drive.

    The Boundary House Restaurant owners are planning a new eatery, tentatively being called “The Original,” at the former Coleman’s restaurant site overlooking the Calabash River at 9931 Nance St.

  • Calabash commissioner cleared of assault charges

    Assault charges against Calabash town commissioner Jody Nance have been dismissed.

    Nance, 62, was cleared of charges of simple assault and communicating threats against his brother-in-law, John Climer of River Road in Calabash, following a trial Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    District Court Judge W. Fred Gore found Climer, 61, guilty of a simple assault charge against Nance.

    Climer was sentenced to five days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.

  • Dredge returns to Lockwood Folly Inlet

    The Merritt side-cast dredge has been repaired and is scheduled to return this week to Lockwood Folly Inlet to continue maintenance dredging on or about Wednesday, Aug. 16.

    The dredge is expected to continue working in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island for 10 to 12 days, said Lisa Parker, spokeswoman for the Wilmington district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Carolina Shores sailing forward with stormwater improvements

    CAROLINA SHORES — In the midst of hurricane season, the town is moving ahead with its drainage spot improvement program and other stormwater improvements.

  • Calabash approves revised vacation time

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a revised policy for town employees’ vacation time.

    The change came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8, and allows employees to accumulate vacation leave time “without any applicable maximum” until Dec. 31 of each year. On that date, an employee with accumulated leave can have the excess converted to sick leave so that no more than 240 hours or 30 days are carried forward into the following calendar year.

  • Cape Fear Crossing still undecided on proposed route

    There are still 12 possible routes for the Cape Fear Crossing to add another bridge across the Cape Fear River into northern Brunswick County.

    Leland Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman, the town representative on the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization transportation committee, said she anticipated the WMPO would eliminate some of the 12 alternatives at a May meeting, but didn’t, in her report to Leland’s transportation oversight committee at its quarterly meeting Aug. 3.

  • Moore wins Beacon beach bag

    Angie Sutton, general manager of The Brunswick Beacon, is pictured with Janett Moore of Calabash. Moore entered a special beach bag drawing by dropping by the Beacon office and subscribing to the newspaper. The beach bag was full of fun goodies donated by local businesses.