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  • Nonagenarian reflects on more than half a century at Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— On May 28, Fred Mersbach Sr. of Columbia, S.C., celebrated becoming a nonagenarian.

    To commemorate his 90th birthday, he celebrated with family at a place that has been a second home for him for more than half of his life: His vacation home, Sandlapper, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Mersbach was born in Evanston, Ill. just outside of Chicago in 1927 before relocating with family to Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. In 1945, Mersbach decided he wanted to aid in what was unbeknownst to him the tail end of World War II.

  • Settlement agreement outlines work deadlines for Jaguar’s Lair

    A bond litigation settlement agreement approved last month by Sunset Beach Town Council outlines infrastructure work dates for the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development that is part of The Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    A news release sent out by town clerk Lisa Anglin on Aug. 24 states the developer, CEO Mark Saunders of The Coastal Companies, is to “design, permit, construct and permit” required improvements for Jaguar’s Lair Section 2 lots starting March 30, 2018, with completion by Jan. 28, 2019.

  • Grand opening for new Goodwill store set for Sept. 14 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — After over a year of construction, the grand opening for a new Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) Donation Center & Store is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

    The new 11,274-square-foot store at 70 Emerson Bay Road off U.S. 17 at Persimmon Road has been under construction since a community groundbreaking in June 2016.

    Work this year got delayed on the new store, attributed to cul-de-sac work that was still needed, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at town commissioners’ monthly workshop this past May 1.

  • CANCELLED Carolina Shores meetings Sept. 11

    EDITOR'S NOTE: All Carolina Shores meetings scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, including the one below, have been cancelled because of the approach of Hurricane Irma.

    Because of Labor Day this past week, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Monday, Sept. 11, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Commissioners are still expected to have their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 14.

    Information and agenda packets are available on the town website at carolinashoresnc.com.

  • BFA Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency has begun taking applications, by appointment only, for its Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. The agency will continue to take applications through Nov. 6.

    Applicants should call 754-4766 to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. Applications will also be taken at Family Resource Center in Leland and New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes.

  • National Estuaries Week celebration Sept. 16 in Navassa

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation is hosting a family-friendly event in Navassa on Saturday, Sept. 16, in celebration of National Estuaries Week.

    The federation will be at the Davis Creek Park Public Estuarine Access from 10 a.m. to noon with a variety of fun activities that help people better understand and appreciate estuaries. There will be a touch tank set up, as well as a station for people to create their own fish print art on a t-shirt or paper. Participants will also get to learn more about marine debris.

  • Sunset Beach poised to address park permit fees Tuesday night

    SUNSET BEACH — Proposed changes in park permit fees are on the agenda of the next Sunset Beach Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

    Town Administrator Susan Parker outlined in a staff report for the upcoming meeting that during construction of Sunset Beach Town Park for the past three years, uses have evolved, with the park becoming “a community amenity providing leisurely exercise, fishing, kayaking, fundraising and special-event opportunities that support and improve our quality of life.

  • Paws-Ability launches fundraising for Texas pets

    Local animal advocacy group Paws-Ability is orchestrating an effort to aid animals in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    “As animal lovers, our hearts are breaking every time we see the images of animals in Texas that are suffering and struggling just to survive,” Paws-Ability president Janie Withers wrote last week.

  • Leland police seek Wal-Mart generators thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole $1,000 in generators from Wal-Mart at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

    The man, described as white with a medium build, was last seen driving a four-door Ford Taurus white passenger car.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0148.

  • Rabon appointed to Senate commissions and committees

    Senate Leader Phil Berger on Friday announced Senate oversight committee assignments for the interim.

    Most committees will meet once per month, or less, until the General Assembly returns for the 2018 short session.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was appointed chairman of the Legislative Research Commission and to serve on the Legislative Services Commission, Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, and on the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight, Joint Legislative Elections Oversight,