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  • Newly elected commissioners to be sworn in Tuesday in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town’s three newly elected commissioners will be sworn in at the monthly town board meeting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 8.

    Incumbent Bill Dixon, former commissioner Jody Nance and write-in candidate Mary Knight were elected to fill three town commission seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election.

    Also on the agenda is recognition of outgoing commissioners Emily DiStasio, who has served on the board for the past decade, and Cecelia Herman.

  • Carolina Shores welcomes new commissioners, organizational changes

    CAROLINA SHORES—Organizational changes were the talk of the town board after newly elected town commissioners Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough were sworn in and seated at a special meeting Tuesday.

  • Changes in store with new council faces in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Three newly elected council members to be sworn in next Monday include two faces bringing change to the town board’s makeup.

    Newcomers Carol Scott and Karen Joseph were elected in the Nov. 3 town council race, replacing incumbents Ron Watts and Len Steiner.

    Incumbent Lou DeVita was re-elected for a second four-year term to the third available seat on the five-member council, in addition to the re-election of incumbent Mayor Ronald Klein.

  • EDC courting light industry to bring more jobs to county

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is working with 12 industrial clients considering setting up shop in Brunswick County, creating hundreds of job opportunities, mostly in the Leland and Navassa areas.

    EDC director Jim Bradshaw said two prospects are considering locating in the planned new International Logistics Park of North Carolina, which covers 1,000 acres on the Brunswick-Columbus County border along U.S. 74/76. The park is a unique venture between the two counties and the state.

  • San Rio infrastructure work to be completed

    LandTech Asset Management of Columbia, S.C., has announced its plans to begin installing sewer service and paving roads on San Rio Ocean and River Club property off Gray Bridge Road.

    LandTech, a private real estate development, marketing and management firm, is the court-appointed receiver for the property, which ran into trouble when it lost its bank funding last year.

    The company has begun the engineering and permitting process, and will start the construction bidding this month, according to Kevin Steelman of LandTech.

  • Kelly, Harrelson sworn into office; Dumpster ordinance approved

    Longtime alderman Buddy Kelly took the oath of office as Shallotte’s new mayor Tuesday night, and incumbent alderman Larry Harrelson was sworn in for his second four-year term.

    Both defeated opponents in November for their seats.

    Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board officially said goodbye to alderman John Kinlaw, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the mayor’s seat, and outgoing two-term mayor Gerald Long, who did not to seek re-election this year.

  • Coastal Horizons opens treatment center in Shallotte

    Coastal Horizons new Shallotte office behind Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 is open for business, providing mental health, substance abuse, rape crisis and various other programs for local residents.

    The office’s medical director, Dr. David A. Joseph, came to Brunswick County from Seattle several years ago. When he began seeing patients, he realized the need for more intervention.

  • Fresh fish all in a day's haul at longtime Hollis Market

    SHALLOTTE—Melva Smith talked on a cell phone while J.V. Faulk waited and warmed himself next to the woodstove at Hollis Fish Market.

    A bedraggled alley cat wandered across the concrete floor of the open-air market a few miles south of Shallotte, also awaiting the oceanic bounty that was en route.

  • December is prime time for red-and-green winter tomatoes

    ASH—Don’t think tomato season is over just because it’s December.

    Winter tomatoes are just starting to ripen at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery. Other varieties are still being harvested at two other popular produce markets in the area.

    For the past few months, several greenhouse varieties have begun to color the landscape with seasonal red and green, in addition to a bonus yellow at Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery in Ash.

  • Coastline Rescue Squad searching for more volunteers

    SUPPLY—Coastline Rescue’s dwindling volunteer roster has the squad chief and president worried about the volunteer squad’s future.

    Squad president David Robinson and chief Mike Murphy say the squad desperately needs volunteers. Unlike volunteer fire departments that receive money from fire fees in the district they serve, Murphy said volunteer rescue squads receive no state funds.