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  • Vet pens book about pet obesity

    CALABASH—Sure, people love their pets, says Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward.

    Some people love their pets almost to death, in fact, especially if they’re overfeeding them with the wrong things.

    He sees so many such beloved pets, Ward’s latest book, “Chow Hounds,” is all about pet obesity.

    “This is my first book for pet owners,” says Ward, who has written three previous veterinary textbooks.

  • Gaming privilege licenses boosted to $200 in Calabash

    CALABASH—Following debate among board members, Calabash commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to implement an increased $200 privilege license fee for sweepstakes machines. Te previous fee was $5.

    Following the specially called meeting, town commissioner Mary Knight reiterated her stance favoring a $1,000 fee, stating the board blew its chance.

    “You’re not paying attention to your community and your citizens,” she said.

  • NRC continues work on inspection report for Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    Last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) dispatched a Special Inspection Team to Brunswick Nuclear Plant to review what happened to trigger an alert at the plant June 6 and a delay in emergency response.

    The plant declared an alert June 6 due to the discharge of halon gas, a fire suppressant, into the basement of the emergency diesel generator building. There was no fire at the facility, and both units continued operation without interruption. No one was injured.

  • Renowned Army band bring pops, patriotism to BCC stage Saturday

    They’re “citizen soldiers” who in civilian life are students, educators, businesspeople and professionals.

    At 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, they’ll blend together as North Carolina National Guard 440th Army Band for a free Fourth of July weekend concert.

  • Group launches to save old Sunset Beach bridge

    What do you do with an old one-lane bridge?

    Ann Bokelman and Karen Dombrowski are trying to figure that out.

    They want to save the historic Sunset Beach pontoon bridge before it’s too late.

    Last week, the Sunset Beach residents announced formation of The Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society, a group of citizens interested in preserving the 50-year-old bridge as a local historic icon.

  • Bridge breakdown snarls traffic

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the bridge was closed for about three and a half hours Sunday afternoon.

    At 12:38 p.m., a call went out for emergency aid for a woman with heat exhaustion. But the bridge was out of service, preventing an emergency crew from crossing to the island.

    Barbee said local businessman Fletcher Frink, owner of the NAPA store in Calabash, used his boat to carry emergency medical technicians over to the island and aided them in bringing the patient back across to the mainland.

  • Employing the unemployed: Seasonal jobs more sought-after than ever

    In a coastal area like Brunswick County, summer employment means staying busy—taking reservations, filling orders, making sure rooms are clean and responding promptly to tourists’ requests.

    Because of the current recession and high jobless rate, owners of tourist-dependent businesses in Brunswick County are putting more time and effort into the hiring process.

  • Families of victims sue Ocean Isle parasail companies

    The families of two women killed in a parasailing incident on Ocean Isle Beach last summer—as well as the father of children on the boat when it happened—have filed a lawsuit in Forsyth County Superior Court seeking more than $10,000 in damages per person.

  • David-Wilson named new director of BSRI

    The board of directors of Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. has appointed Michael J. David-Wilson, formerly of New Jersey, as its new president/chief executive officer.

    He will replace founding president/chief executive officer, Jim Russell, who has served for the last eight years.

    Russell will retire effective July 31.

  • Local woman's purse recovered in suspect's car in Virginia

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman’s stolen purse was recovered in Virginia, after the suspect was involved with a shootout with sheriff’s deputies there.

    According to Detective Ken Bellamy of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Ocean Isle Beach resident Ginny Pridgen’s stolen purse was recovered after Virginia authorities apprehended John Benton Hodges, 32, of Pulaski, Va., on June 20.