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  • Calabash authorizes telephone sweepstakes permits; tables UDO review

    CALABASH—The town will begin issuing permits for businesses to have telephone promotional sweepstakes machines.

    Town commissioners approved the measure Tuesday night, voting to authorize interim town administrator Kelley Southward to issue permits for telephone-card sweepstakes machines to any business in town holding a current business license.

    Currently in North Carolina, retailers can have up to four of the standalone machines in their businesses.

  • Sunset Beach council debates land purchase for future park, boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A debate ensued last week about whether the town should pursue buying a 5-acre lot overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a future park.

    Town councilman Len Steiner reiterated at the specially called Sept. 2 meeting it’s a one-time opportunity to buy the idyllic mainland plot, while a majority of fellow council members expressed opposition.

  • Electronic gaming rules approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved electronic gaming as a special use in the mainland business (MB1) zoning district.

    According to the amendment approved by the board at its Sept. 3 meeting, if approved as a special use, an electronic gaming operation would apply to the town board of adjustment for approval.

    Four conditions must be met, including one parking space for each gaming machine and one space per employee on the “largest shift.”

  • Woman upset after Brunswick County animal control officer shoots and kills dog

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Lee Gushman knew something was wrong after Stoley, her 15-year-old dog, wandered off her property Monday and couldn’t be found.

    She just didn’t think it would be the worst thing imaginable.

    A Brunswick County animal control officer, believing the dog was rabid, shot and killed Stoley minutes before she called 911 to report him missing Labor Day morning.

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss policy for canal property owners

    Holden Beach officials might require canal property owners to have bulkheads on their property, and the new, educating-the-public policy about an ordinance requiring canopies be removed from the beach by night does not appear to be working.

    Holden Beach commissioners had extensive discussion about those and other items but took no action at their regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

  • Brunswick deputy shoots, kills man

    A Brunswick County Sheriff's deputy has been involved in a shooting that has killed a man.

    On Sunday evening, officer Bradley Hardee responded to a domestic call at 2730 Captains Wheel SW in Supply. During an altercation between Hardee and Alton Lawrence Walters, Walters was shot.

    Walters, a 49-year-old, white male, lived at 2730 Captains Wheel SW, according to the sheriff's office.

    The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

  • Veteran continues mission to help wounded soldiers

    George Samek of Shallotte has been volunteering full-time to make life better for wounded soldiers and veterans for years.

    Now, his work with the “Gathering of Eagles” has produced another brainchild—buying and presenting new laptop computers for soldiers in military hospitals.

    The 69-year-old Vietnam veteran and former police officer got the idea for the project three weeks ago, he said recently.

  • Despite her own pain, wife of nursing home patient fights for his recovery

     

    SUPPLY— Holding a laundry basket full of clothes, paperwork and other necessities under one arm, Beverly Galloway suddenly stops on her way out of her house.

    The door to her singlewide trailer has come off its hinges, and, as if by rote, she sets everything down and puts it back, making sure her home is secure before she leaves to visit her husband at Brunswick Cove Nursing Center in Leland.

    “This is what I go through every day,” she says.

  • Search for new Calabash administrator continues

    CALABASH—Town commissioners will continue sifting through resumes this week in their search for a new town administrator.

    The board met in closed session last Thursday to begin reviewing resumes received for the vacant position.

    By the end of the day on the Aug. 31 application deadline, the town received 130 resumes, interim town administrator Kelley Southward said Friday.

    At the conclusion of their two-hour closed session last week, commissioners had narrowed down the field of applicants to 19 candidates, Southward said.

  • Coast Guard considers setting public hearings on parasail deaths

    The U.S. Coast Guard officer investigating the recent parasailing incident that resulted in two deaths on Ocean Isle Beach is considering setting public hearings as part of the investigation.

    According to Lt. Gene Maestas of the U.S. Coast Guard, lead investigator Lt. Warren of the 5th Coast Guard District, Portsmouth, Va., is still collecting evidence and will make a determination on whether a public hearing is warranted.