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  • Sunset Beach police officer fired

    A Sunset Beach police officer has been fired for giving conflicting information in a court case.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey terminated Sunset Beach Police Officer Jamie Clemmons’ employment with the town on May 1.

    Clemmons’ departure had to do with his testimony related to his May 11, 2012, arrest of Patricia Barbour of the Seaside community on driving while impaired charges. After discrepancies in this and four other DWI cases involving Clemmons were discovered, each was dismissed last week by District Attorney Jon David.

  • Unsightly fencing doesn't make good neighbor in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilwoman Karen Joseph has a word for fencing under the high-rise waterway bridge—“awful.”

    Joseph, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly pre-meeting workshop Monday night, said the chain-link fence plainly looks awful, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation isn’t maintaining them.

  • Native restaurateurs claim rights to Miss, Mrs. Calabash

    CALABASH—When it comes to use of the business names “Miss Calabash” and/or “Mrs. Calabash,” who’s got the right?

    According to two longtime Calabash restaurant owners, nobody has the right but them.

    Cousins Shaun Bellamy and Crystal Coleman-Nixon, respective owners of Ella’s and Beck’s and Coleman’s Original Calabash restaurants, said they recently filed for trademark rights to the names.

    Their action came after learning owners planned to name a new restaurant in town “Miss Calabash.”

  • Carolina Shores recycles ideas

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is recycling ideas to get residents more interested in recycling.

    “Our goal as a group is to get more recycling going on,” town commissioner Joyce Dunn said at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday.

    Increased interest on the part of citizens isn’t going to happen in a “huge chunk,” Dunn said.

    She suggested they focus on doing a couple of a things a year that would make a difference of sparking residents’ interest.

  • Burned building remains in Calabash

    CALABASH—Remains of burned-out businesses on Carter Drive have yet to be removed because of insurance issues.

    Building owner Marylyn Watson said Tuesday she is awaiting word from her insurance company to determine when the charred remains can be removed.

    The 28-year-old building housing the 947 Bistro and Pub and three other businesses was destroyed by a fire that broke out in the early morning hours of March 18. Investigators determined the fire originated at the rear of the restaurant.

  • The Beach Boys coming to Brunswick County on Aug. 29

    The Beach Boys have signed on to play their first Brunswick County coastal gig at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Mike Sapp, manager of the auditorium at Brunswick Community College, said tickets are $69 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. next Monday, May 13, at the auditorium box office or online at www.bccowa.com. There will also be 50 special VIP tickets sold for the first three rows and a meet-and-greet with The Beach Boys’ lead vocalist/songwriter Mike Love for $152. All seats are reserved, Sapp said.

  • Ash felon charged with having firearm

    An Ash man has been arrested on two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

    David Raeford Tripp Jr., 41, was arrested at his Russtown Road residence in Ash on Friday night, May 3, after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigative and vice narcotics units and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

  • Volunteer brings soothing sounds of flute to hospice

    BOLIVIA—Lorna Joseph is the first visiting artist to play for the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick in Bolivia.

    Lorna has played the Native American flute for the past 10 years and brought her special talent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter Healing Arts program.

    Rebecca Long,community outreach coordinator at the Brunswick hospice, said healing arts is a new program.

    Lorna and her husband, Gary, were the first volunteers to participate in the 16-hour training program to volunteer at the Bolivia facility.

  • Holden Beach West may solve guardhouse problem with automated gate

    Holden Beach won’t rebuild the West End guard shack that controlled traffic into the private community, but town staff has pointed the property owners association in the right direction.

    After the guardhouse at the entrance of Holden Beach West was destroyed in a January traffic accident, residents began attending town meetings to ask about assistance to replace the building.

    “Every time we’ve come to town hall, no one is able to help us solve our problem,” Ray Compton of 1317 Ocean Blvd. said at the March town meeting.

  • Budget talks start in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach officials discussed their budget concerns Monday, but won’t dig into the dollars and cents until June.

    Commissioners agreed they want to balance the budget while avoiding an increase in the tax rate and a decrease in the general fund.

    Last year the tax rate remained 12.7 cents on every $100 of property valuation, but the board also approved taking $182,000 out of the fund balance to balance the 2012-13 budget.