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  • State’s unemployment rate drops to 9.4 percent in April

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent in April.

    April’s rate was down from the state’s March unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, according to the numbers recently released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    The number of unemployed North Carolinians in March decreased by 12,686 people to 439,368.

  • Two injured in weekend shooting

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested one suspect and are searching for a second believed to be involved in a weekend shooting that injured two people.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said sheriff’s deputies responded to a home at 2528 Blue Marlin St. SW in Supply around 12:48 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

    When the first deputy arrived on the scene, a neighbor told the deputy that two people—29-year-old Jose Aguire, and Francheska Rivera Rodriguez, 23—had been shot.

  • Community ready for Sunset Beach to take its road

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Lakes Homeowners Association has an offer it hopes the town of Sunset Beach can’t refuse—taking over one of its streets.

    The offer came from Duane Lewis, chairman of the Sunset Lakes HOA, who told Sunset Beach Town Council last week his HOA voted to dedicate Medcalf Drive to the town. The vote came unanimously at an HOA meeting April 28, Lewis said.

    “We present the road to you,” Lewis told the town board. “We hereby dedicate the roadway.”

  • Tolling agreement in works for Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Town attorney Michael Isenberg is drafting a tolling agreement with The Coastal Companies that town council will review next week.

    At a monthly workshop Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council instructed Isenberg to proceed with the draft that it will consider at a budgetary continuation session at 9 a.m. next Thursday, May 24.

  • New restrooms spark 'royal flush' in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach island officially has new public restrooms.

    Sunset Beach Town Council, town staff and residents took part in a ceremony Monday morning to officially open the new town-funded restrooms at either end of the island gazebo parking lot.

    The restrooms, including facilities for the handicapped, will be cleaned and monitored daily and will be closed overnight. They replace port-a-potties previously used on the island near the gazebo.

  • Calabash, Carolina Shores team up for Fourth of July fireworks

    CAROLINA SHORES—The separate-yet-adjacent towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash are reuniting—at least where fireworks are concerned.

    At its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 10, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners approved teaming up with Calabash to donate $5,000 to help cover for the cost of fireworks at this year’s Fourth of July festivities in Calabash.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough called it an “opportunity to partake in a major celebration”—something his own town has been interested in having.

  • Commercial strip up for new ownership in Calabash

    CALABASH—A commercial strip at Calabash Town Center is undergoing a change in ownership.

    The 11.85-acre site was previously part of a parcel pegged for development by Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners.

    The site was recently posted for sale for $1.55 million by Cape Fear Commercial of Wilmington. The property consists of five parcels composing the total acreage. It is part of Calabash Town Center, a mixed-use commercial and residential project by Myers’ company.

    Myers said Monday the property was taken from Calabash Town Center LLC.

  • Author visit to Sunset Beach is Cat Tails' meow

    A local feline group will be beneficiary of appearances this Saturday by a best-selling author.

    Author Larry Bond is coming to Sunset Beach this Saturday to benefit Cat Tails, a nonprofit, no-kill cat adoption facility at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bond, a former defense analyst, is author of New York Times best-selling military thrillers, including “Cold Choices” and “Exit Plan.” He will make two appearances in Sunset Beach.

  • Did Johnston County elect coastal congressional nominee?

    Ilario Pantano won Brunswick County, New Hanover County and six other counties in last Tuesday’s Republican contest to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., in November.

  • Brunswick County finance team wins awards, including distinguished budgeting

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County finance team, helmed by director Ann Hardy, have been recently honored with multiple financial awards, including distinguished budget presentation.

    According to county manager Marty Lawing, the finance department earned honors for the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2011.