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  • Calabash commissioners adopt solicitation amendment

    CALABASH—Town commissioners adopted a solicitation ordinance at a specially called meeting June 15.

    The workshop was to amend the town’s business regulations in its code of ordinances and add a chapter regarding peddlers, hawkers, drummers, roadside vendors, solicitors, salespersons, canvassers and demonstrators.

    Town officials said the amendment was in response to complaints from chartered fishing boat operators on the waterfront about employees with a competing fishing fleet who stand outside and wave customers into their parking lot.

  • Local cast of 'High School Musical' performs this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Disney’s hit musical “High School Musical” is coming to Brunswick County for one weekend only, kicking off tonight (June 26) at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Produced by the South Brunswick High School Musical Theatre Company, the stage version of “High School Musical” is based on the television movie and includes many of the same characters, songs and dialogue.

    The production also features set pieces ordered from Disney to precisely replicate the movie set.

  • N.C. 179 re-opens at Jennies Branch bridge

    Traffic is once again flowing smoothly along N.C. 179 after a stretch closed for a bridge replacement project re-opened this past weekend.

    The closed-down section of road at Jennies Branch between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach re-opened Saturday after being closed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in November for replacement work.

    Traffic was re-routed to a detour along Hale Swamp Road while work was being done.

    N.C. 179 was slated to re-open May 15 but was delayed by contractor and subcontractor issues.

  • 'Southport Energy Park' idea wins contest

    A state park with a renewable energy theme is what members of No Port Southport think would make perfect use of 600 acres the state owns near Southport instead of an international port facility.

    Last week after an environmental panel discussion at the Southport Community Center,

    No Port Southport Inc. announced winners of its Public Options Regarding Terminal Site (PORTS) contest.

  • Twelve arrested in late night prostitution sting

    Twelve women were arrested at four locations just after midnight Friday during a late-night prostitution sting led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Officers arrested five women at Close Encounters in Calabash, three at Smile Spa in the Thomasboro area, three at the Sun Spa in Longwood and one at Playmates in Calabash.

  • Teenage driver of fatal wreck charged with involuntary manslaughter

    The driver of a vehicle that was involved in a fatal wreck killing two West Brunswick High School students last month has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    West Brunswick High School student Joseph Moreno, 17, was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, and made his first appearance Monday in Brunswick County District Court, according District Attorney Rex Gore.

    Moreno was served with a warrant last week, and is out on a secured $25,000 bond. Gore said the case would be submitted to a grand jury as early as next month.

  • Two more H1N1 cases reported

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two additional cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus, both in Leland.

    The patients have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, according to health director Don Yousey.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over, so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Yousey said.

  • Coalition continues fight against increased homeowners’ insurance rates

    When insurance rates were approved last December, 43 of North Carolina’s 100 counties saw increased rates. Residents of Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties, saw their insurance rates increase between 17.5 and 29.8 percent.

    The other 57 counties, including Charlotte, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union Counties, saw a decrease between 4 and 6 percent.

  • UNCW's Hall predicts 1 percent economic growth in region

    After experiencing virtually no growth during 2008, the local economy of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties is forecast to expand by approximately 1 percent during 2009 and 3 percent during 2010.

    William W. “Woody” Hall Jr., senior economist with the Center for Business and Economic Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business, announced his economic predictions Tuesday at UNCW.

  • Holden Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved a $12.27 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 that keeps the same tax rate and water fees.

    The board unanimously approved the budget town manager David Hewett presented Tuesday night at a special meeting at town hall.

    The budget keeps the current tax rate of 6.9 cents per $100 of property valuation. The town has a current tax base of $2.211 billion, down about $20 million over the previous year due to property owner’s appeals of their assessments.