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  • Food collections, distribution 'overwhelming' this season

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, local food contributions and subsequent distribution this year are both at an all-time high.

    Mary Pritchard, coordinator of the food pantry for the South Brunswick Interchurch Council, said donations for the annual Thanksgiving distribution have been overwhelming.

    Volunteers with the SBIC pantry, based at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, are grateful for food collected at Union Elementary School.

  • County considers options for old Brunswick Community Hospital facility

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County officials are considering their options for what was once Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply.

    When Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center in July, Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors.

    Then, in September, the former hospital on U.S. 17 in Supply reverted back to county ownership.

    Brunswick County commissioners, however, made it clear they did not want an aging and expensive hospital facility on their balance sheet, and Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing opened the hospital up for bid.

  • Community unites to honor a military couple

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The date 11-11-11 comes once every 100 years. This 11-11-11, there was a once-in-a-lifetime wedding for an active-duty military couple.

    Cpl. Jacob Lea Henthorn and Manisha Nicole Westeren of Jacksonville were married at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Knots Landing on Ocean Isle Beach. Twenty-one area vendors who came together to honor Veterans Day donated the entire wedding, reception and rehearsal.

    The couple was the runner-up in the inaugural Operation Marry Me Military contest started by Alecia Geddings of Oak Island.

  • Spread holiday cheer by distributing free hot meals

    SHALLOTTE—Hot Christmas meals are in the works for all who are in need.

    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte, Faith Building Missions will pass out meals.

    The group is partnering with local organizations to work together to make sure all who are in need receive a hot meal.

  • Shallotte business owners want to form merchants group

     

    SHALLOTTE—A group of local merchants wants to join forces to promote local businesses.

    “We are trying to see if there is any interest in resurrecting the Shallotte Merchants Association,” said Jack Balkus, owner of Shallotte Cattle Barn.

    The idea is to have area merchants form their own committee to present ideas to the town.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies on 11-11-11 remember those who serve

    It was a day to pay tribute to soldiers past and present—those who have served and those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

    It was a day to remember—“11-11-11,” said Commander Bob Veach, drawing applause at the start of the 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony last Friday, Nov. 11, at Nocha White Calabash American Legion Post 503.

    The Post was one of several conducting Veterans Day ceremonies at the same time in Brunswick County.

  • Sea Trail Corp. authorized to sell property

    Sea Trail Corp. has been authorized to sell its residential lot inventory, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington.

    Simultaneously with filing of the motion to establish sale procedures, Sea Trail is filing a separate motion to sell properties “free and clear of liens,” as described in the motion.

  • Calabash board approves closed-session minutes from 2009-2011

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has approved closed-session minutes from meetings dating back to January 2009.

    Town commissioner Forrest King, speaking at the Nov. 10 town commissioners’ meeting, took issue with some minutes from previous closed sessions he said should be corrected.

    Fellow commissioner and mayor-elect Mary Knight also abstained from voting on approving the minutes. She had concerns about approving minutes that pre-dated her election to the board.

  • Carolina Shores golf course sale postponed

    CAROLINA SHORES—The pending foreclosure sale of Carolina Shores Golf Course has been postponed until Dec. 9.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett announced the postponement at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 10.

    The golf course has recently undergone new management, although it is still owned by Mike Matheny, who has been dealing with pending foreclosure proceedings by Waccamaw Bank that keep getting postponed at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

  • Salary, park site hot topics in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town salary comparisons and the town’s new park site drew heated debate at a town council workshop that last almost four hours Tuesday.

    Town councilman Lou De Vita presented a lengthy slideshow showing town salary comparisons between Sunset Beach and what he deemed more similar North Carolina coastal towns of Emerald Isle, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Wrightsville Beach.