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  • Out of the ashes: Calabash fire victim grateful for great friends and Elks Lodge

    CALABASH — It was supposed to be a festive weekend for Emily Beecher, filled with visiting friends and family, good food and fun, not a fire.

    The latter was the last thing on Beecher’s mind as she and Vickie Sibley, her friend from Florida, along with Beecher’s daughter and son-in-law visiting from Texas, settled down late Saturday night in March after enjoying a delicious meal home-cooked by Sibley.

  • State grant covers county water line repair

    Brunswick County has recovered its costs spent to repair the raw water main damaged by Hurricane Matthew in the fall 2016 through a state grant program.

    An announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s office April 4 identified the first seven counties receiving Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds, with Brunswick County receiving $1,217,343.

  • EMS headquarters in Shallotte named for Mark Gore

    SHALLOTTE — Mark Gore left such an impression on Brunswick County’s emergency medical services, the county named the EMS headquarters in Shallotte after him.

    Gore was the director of operations for Brunswick County EMS who died suddenly at his home Oct. 1, 2016, at 55.

    Friends, family and coworkers congregated at the BCEMS headquarters building at 40 Nabor Drive in Shallotte on Friday morning for the dedication.

  • Leland looks at 20-cent tax rate to add police officers

    LELAND — Leland’s town council received an update on budget preparations April 5, with staff making cuts in several areas while adding costs for the fire department.

    In December 2016, Leland ended its contract for services with Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department with the intent to either acquire the LVFRD as the town fire department or create a town fire department separate from LVFRD.

  • Rap concert denied twice

    A Rick Ross rap concert touted the past two weeks did not go off as planned April 7 because the event didn’t receive permit approval from Brunswick County.

    Concert promoter Alonza Mitchell failed to provide information required to complete the permit application process, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    Concert promotions begun in March originally announced the show would take place April 7 at Navassa Park.

  • New ladder truck finalized for OIB fire department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After two years of planning, Ocean Isle Beach is finalizing the purchase of a new ladder truck for the fire department.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho sought a grant for a ladder truck since 2015 but after applications were denied over several grant cycles, the town decided to move forward with financing the replacement truck.

    The fire department bought its first used aerial truck, which had been in service since 1972, in the early 1990s and then replaced it with a 70-foot ladder truck in 1995, which is still in service with the town.

  • Sunset Beach approves tweaks in personnel policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council has approved changes in the town personnel policy that give council input in the process for hiring department heads.

    Changes were proposed and outlined by councilwoman Carol Scott at council’s April 3 meeting.

    “I can understand not wanting to tie (Town Administrator Susan Parker’s) hands, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second set of eyes on resumes and applicants,” Scott said.

  • Old Baldy 200th birthday party lights up April 15

    It isn’t every year a lighthouse turns 200 years old.

    That’s why Bald Head Island amps up the party this year as its renowned Old Baldy Lighthouse reaches that historic milestone, with an array of events that launched in January and continues through Nov. 25.

    The next celebratory happening is the Old Baldy Birthday Party and Keeper’s Easter Egg Hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the site of the historic marker at 101 Lighthouse Wynd.

  • Attempted turtle rescue in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach residents rushed to aid a leatherback sea turtle found in the surf around 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, between 12th and 13th streets.

    Carmel Zetts, coordinator of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, said the female leatherback seemed alive but sadly did not survive. The sea turtle was 5.9 feet long and about “25 years young,” Zetts estimated.

  • ‘Sunset Beach pickers’ scour walkways using invention

    SUNSET BEACH — As soon as stormy skies cleared, a team of volunteers emerged last week to clean the beach just in time for Easter-week visitors.

    This wasn’t just any old seasonal coastal clean-up launching at the Sunset Beach gazebo last Thursday afternoon, April 6.