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  • Man makes pitch for ditch in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—John Tutchton brought pictures of an overgrown ditch to a recent town meeting, pictures nobody clamored to see.

    The Village at Calabash resident asked who is responsible for cleaning the tree- and brush-choked gully that extends from the neighborhood’s entrance to the boundaries of the former Calabash Golf Links course.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls responded the community’s POA owns the ditch.

    “The town does not,” he said.

  • Ports Authority puts NCIT project on hold

    The N.C. State Ports Authority released a statement Wednesday saying the proposed N.C. International Terminal project for the Southport area has been placed "on hold."

    "The NC State Ports Authority has heard and respects the concerns voiced by local communities and our elected officials and is placing the proposed NC International Terminal (NCIT) project on hold," the statement from communications director Shannon Moody states.

  • 11 of 19 Brunswick County schools make AYP

    BOLIVIA— Eleven of the 19 Brunswick County Schools—57.9 percent—made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Economic development, job training in state budget

    Local economic development and job training officials are happy about the state’s 2010-2011 budget, which includes continued funding for a number of job creation opportunities in Brunswick County and the surrounding region.

  • Holden Beach man saves vacationer’s life during water rescue

    HOLDEN BEACH—Retired firefighter Steve Greene thought he’d left his lifesaving days behind him when he moved here three years ago, but last Saturday put him back on the job—and many people are glad he was there.

    Greene and his wife Becky were spending time on the Holden Beach strand Saturday when Becky noticed something in the water.

    “I looked up and thought it was either a deflated raft or a person,” Steve Greene recalled.

    He immediately ran to check and found it was a person and she needed help.

  • Shallotte planners recommend more neighbor input on zoning changes

    The Shallotte Planning Board is recommending a change to the town’s rezoning regulations to give residents more input into zoning changes that affect their neighborhoods.

    At last week’s meeting, the board recommended adding a requirement to notify adjacent property owners of planning board meetings so they can voice their opinions before the issue goes to the board of aldermen.

    Town planner Allen Serkin explained that a group of residents on Hinson Street attended last month’s meeting to find out about a proposed rezoning in their neighborhood.

  • Is NCIT project still on the state’s ‘to-do’ list?

    Is the proposed N.C. International Terminal project still in Brunswick County’s future?

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and six Brunswick County municipalities have expressed opposition to the 600-acre, deepwater terminal proposed for Southport, and the state legislature denied any funds to help pay for a feasibility study this year, leaving many to question whether the project has a future.

  • Former Calabash administrator makes plea deal

    BOLIVIA—Former Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb has been found guilty in a plea deal to one count of misdemeanor misrepresenting and falsifying documents to obtain employment.

    Cribb, 31, was sentenced Monday morning by Superior Court Judge Doug Sasser to 18 months probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine in addition to reimbursing state attorney’s fees of $4,350 for his court-appointed attorney and $256.50 court costs.

  • Water quality swimming alert lifted for Sunset Beach

    The state Division of Environmental Health today lifted a water quality swimming alert at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County.

    Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

  • Robbery at Long's Garage

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at Long's Garage on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte this morning.

    Law enforcement officers were interviewing the employees and roping off the area with crime-scene tape at about 9 a.m.

    Garage owner James Long said he didn't see the thief. He left the front office for a moment, and when he came back inside a customer handed him some money, thinking someone had dropped it. Long then noticed the business's money box, containing $1,200, had been turned over and all the money taken out.