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  • Calabash Town Administrator resigns

    First reported at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.

    Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb has resigned. Cribb resigned his post as town administrator Wednesday morning.

    Here is an excerpt from Cribb’s letter of resignation:

    “As of July 22, 2009 at 9 a.m., I, Jeremy L. Cribb, regretfully resign as town administrator of the Town of Calabash.

  • A tale of two resumes: After learning of a falsified resume, Calabash commissioners stand behind hiring

    CALABASH—After Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb submitted a falsified resume in his bid for the job last year, town commissioners asked him to submit a new one.

    Last week, Calabash commissioners required Cribb to submit a “true and accurate resume,” commissioner Cecelia Herman said.

    The request followed a recent board investigation into Cribb’s background where discrepancies were discovered.

  • Woman suffers shark bite at Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Police are reporting a woman was bitten by a shark while in the water at Holden Beach Wednesday afternoon.

    According to police, a 26-year-old woman was bitten by a shark around 3 p.m. Witnesses said Julia Anne Mittelberg of Morton, Ill., was in about three to four feet of water in the 400 block of Ocean Blvd. W. She reportedly felt something on her left foot in the water. After making her way to the shore, she discovered a bite wound on her left foot.

  • Holden Beach Police officer fired after being charged with driving while impaired

    SHALLOTTE—A Holden Beach Police officer was arrested last Thursday night, charged with driving while impaired—while driving a police cruiser.

    Lt. Kendal Smith was arrested Thursday, July 9, and charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving. Smith, 42, was fired from the police department the following day.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said Smith, who had been with the police department since 2000, was fired from the police department the day following his arrest, because “this was an extenuating circumstance.”

  • Skinny-dippers shuck suits for record-setting event

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C.—Two hundred and forty-nine naked people jumped into the water at a local nudist resort Saturday to contribute to a record-setting skinny-dipping event.

    Whispering Pines Nudist Resort in the Grissettown area of Brunswick County was among nudist colonies throughout the country taking part in the World Record Skinny-Dip.

    Promptly at 3 p.m. “Eastern nudist time,” au naturel sunbathers submerged themselves in the pool and pond at the 35-year-old resort secluded by trees at the end of an unpaved road.

  • Shallotte Police arrest rape suspect behind Waffle House

    Shallotte Police on Monday afternoon arrested a North Myrtle Beach, S.C., man in the woods behind the Waffle House for rape, strangulation and assault.

    According to Police Chief Rodney Gause, at about 1:30 a.m. Monday, a victim was reported being raped behind the Waffle House on Whiteville Road.

    At about 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, someone spotted the suspect in the woods behind the restaurant, and police officers responded to the scene. Det. Ed Mardi and Det. Eric King responded, and King used a K-9 tracking dog to locate the suspect.

  • St. Brendan continues its expansion with sanctuary, bell tower

    St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church on U.S. 17 near Shallotte has been bursting at the seams for years. Construction on its new sanctuary is well under way and is set to be complete by the end of the year, according to church officials.

    Once completed, the new, 9,000-square-foot addition will house a larger sanctuary to make room for more worshipers, decreasing the number of Masses, Father Robert Ippolito said recently.

  • St. Brendan priest included in book of wisdom for young men

    The Rev. Hector LaChapelle, a priest at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, is featured in a new book called “A Better Man,” edited by Kelly Johnson.

    The book contains interviews and essays by famous and not-so-famous men with the intent of providing role models’ advice and observations on how to be a “better man” for boys and young men, according to a news release from the author.

  • Annexation bill includes controversial referendum, referred to committee

    A bill in the N.C. General Assembly that would allow property owners in towns and in areas towns plan to annex to force a referendum on the annexation has been referred to the House finance committee.

    Speaker of the House Joe Hackney broke a tie last week, sending the bill back to committee. Rep. Frank Iler of Oak Island, along with other Republicans in the House, voted in favor of approving the bill.

    “I’m for anything that gives more rights to the property owners,” Iler said this week about his vote.

  • Resident agrees to fund beautification project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A town resident has offered to pay more than $1,400 for a town beautification project along Causeway Drive after Ocean Isle Beach board commissioners expressed concern about funding it with town money.

    Jim Myers, a resident and contractor, agreed to pay for curbing for a landscaped berm along Causeway Drive after town commissioners expressed concern for the financial end of the project.