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  • Shallotte planners recommend regulation of Internet sweepstakes businesses

    Shallotte town employees are getting more than their share of requests from would-be entrepreneurs seeking to open Internet gaming businesses in town.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, town planner Allen Serkin and alderman John Kinlaw urged board members to recommend regulations for the businesses, including definitions, conditional uses and other restrictions so the town can have a place to start.

  • Board rates superintendent 'unsatisfactory' in most areas on evaluation

    Despite being named regional superintendent of the year, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was given “mostly unsatisfactory” marks on her evaluation, completed by the Brunswick County Board of Education Tuesday night.

    “The ranges were unsatisfactory to a little above average on a few things,” McGee said Tuesday night. “I’m really distraught. It’s the best school year we’ve ever had in all directions.”

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 indicted Wednesday for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    According to the district attorney’s office out of Queens County, investigators executed search warrants Wednesday morning and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive, Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    He is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as an “agent” in the operation.

  • N.C. 'sales-tax holiday' this weekend

    Local retailers are gearing up for North Carolina’s sales tax holiday, set for Aug. 7-9, during which clothes and computers are among the hot items for back-to-school shopping.

    During the weekend, shoppers will not pay sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item, computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

  • Inlet View opens on Shallotte River

    Fresh, local seafood with a view of the river—that’s what the owners of the newly opened Inlet View Bar and Grill at Shallotte Point had in mind when they built the two-story restaurant that opened last week.

    And that’s just what they’re serving.

    On a typical afternoon around lunchtime, diners can find owner Samantha Hughes in the kitchen heading shrimp, making slaw or just making sure the restaurant has everything ready for the lunch crowd.

  • Low bidder doesn't qualify for bond; town delays vote

    A week after declaring ECI, Eastern Contractors Inc., of Little River, S.C., the low bidder to construct additions and renovations to town hall, Shallotte aldermen learned the company does not qualify for a performance bond.

    Town administrator Paul Sabiston informed the board at Tuesday night’s meeting he received a call from an ECI official stating the contractor was not eligible to receive a performance bond from a bonding company.

  • Shallotte aldermen want to push for new outer loop road

    Shallotte aldermen say N.C. DOT’s proposed path for an extension to Old Georgetown Road isn’t exactly what they thought it would be, and it might be putting a crimp in the town’s planning for future needed roads.

    Last week, the DOT presented a proposed new route for extending the road from Ocean Isle Beach Road to Shallotte, not using a “straight line” in one of the alternate proposals, but a more southern route, connecting with Hale Swamp Road.

  • Sunset Beach working to buy boat ramp, park site

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is proceeding with negotiations to buy a 5-acre tract near the Intracoastal Waterway for a future boat ramp and park.

    Following a closed session after their monthly meeting Monday night, town council authorized town administrator Gary Parker to proceed further with negotiations to buy the site.

    “The issue is timing your acquisition with a grant application and awarding of funds,” Parker said at a specially called meeting last Wednesday, July 29, to discuss buying the site between Crabby Oddwaters and Twin Lakes restaurants.

  • Wreck on U.S. 17

    Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on U.S. 17 in front of Brunswick Community Hospital. A Lincoln Town Car driven by Frances Brown of Supply was exiting the hospital driveway when it collided with a northbound Toyota Tacoma truck driven by Sara Rhodes of Supply. Brown, Rhodes and a passenger in Rhodes’ truck were treated and released at the hospital. Brown was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way, N.C. State Trooper C.S. Thompson said. 

  • Fitness 4 Fun

    Summer days are coming to an end; school begins later this month. How have children in Brunswick County spent their final days of freedom?

    Some have focused on fitness, and participated in Fitness 4 Fun summer camps at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

    The four-day camps, separated into programs for boys and girls, incorporated fitness activities as well as healthy lifestyle habits.