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  • NHBMC recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center will have local hairdressers in the lobby of the hospital to offer temporary pink hair extensions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 30.

    There is no set charge, but those interested can donate to the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation Breast Health Fund, which provides mobile mammography, financial assistance for mammography screenings and comfort items to newly diagnosed women with breast cancer.

  • Holden Beach Bridge lane closures begin Oct. 18

    Drivers crossing the Holden Beach Bridge/N.C. 130 over the Intracoastal Waterway will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18. The closures are needed for North Carolina Department of Transportation crews to safely inspect and perform routine maintenance work on various sections of the bridge.

    The closures will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons dies

    Former Calabash Mayor Anthony “Donnie” Clemmons, 78, died unexpectedly at his home Friday morning, Oct. 13.

    Clemmons served the town for more than two decades, on the town planning and zoning board from 1991-1999 and as a town commissioner from 1999-2007, finishing his municipal service with a four-year stint as mayor from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the local water quality board.

  • Calabash releases funds for next year’s Summer Concert Series

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved release of $5,000 to the Calabash Merchants Association for next year’s Summer Concert Series.

    Action for the budgeted funding came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday, Oct. 10.

    Kathy Cody, concert chairman for the merchants association, said plans call for eight and perhaps nine concerts, which will continue to take place on Tuesdays from June 8 through Aug. 7, 2018, though not on Calabash town meeting nights.

  • Leland mayor, council candidates share views at forum

    LELAND ¬— Leland’s two mayoral candidates and four of the five people competing for two town council seats took part in a League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear forum where they addressed the town’s progress, among other issues.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman is running for re-election against Lee Kent, while incumbent council members Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston face Joy Faulk Cranidiotis, Sandra Ford and Shirley A. Lawler. Lawler did not participate in the forum Oct. 4 at Leland Town Hall.

  • H2GO candidates split on reverse osmosis plant

    LELAND — Six men running for three open seats on the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board: Three who support a reverse osmosis (RO) plant and three who oppose it.

    In 2015, new seats on the five-member H2GO board were won by candidates who ran to oppose building the plant.

    Since then the majority of decisions about the RO plant funding and construction have been decided on a split, 3-2 vote.

  • Ocean Isle Beach changes trash, recycling schedule

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach town board approved changes to the 2018 trash and recycling schedule and ordinances at Tuesday’s meeting.

    “It was a trying year for us and trash,” Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said. “After the season, we sat down with Waste Industries and proposed changes for next year.”

    Ivey said Waste Industries representatives agreed to a plan to change the trash pickup schedule for next summer.

  • Southport man accused of child sex crimes

    A Southport man is accused of committing sex crimes against two girls earlier this year.

    Melecio Rubio Villagran, 23, of Oakcrest Drive SE, was arrested Oct. 4 and charged with indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor sexual battery.

    Warrants show the incidents took place in June. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victims are 11 and 12.

    Villagran remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $40,000 bail.

  • Student finds worm in fruit cup served in school lunch

    A South Brunswick High School student found “an unexpected protein” in their lunch Wednesday, Oct. 4, according to a Brunswick County Schools news release.

    The student’s prepackaged and sealed strawberry cup contained a worm, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The district received strawberry cups as part of the commodity delivery from the United States Department of Agriculture/ North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Swencki said.

  • Coffee With a Cop connects community

    SHALLOTTE — A cup of coffee was all it took last Thursday to connect Shallotte police with the people they serve.

    Officers enjoyed coffee and breakfast with each other and with residents during Coffee with a Cop from 8 to 10 a.m. at McDonald’s on Main Street.