Local News

  • ABC profits questioned in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    An official with the Calabash Volunteer EMS is seeking legal guidance after learning a portion of Sunset Beach ABC proceeds may have been illegally diverted to the Sunset Beach Fire Department.
    Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, said the profits might have been improperly diverted from Calabash EMS to the Sunset Beach Fire Department years ago.
    Thorup has consulted a Greensboro attorney who has advised the EMS could have “a very good, open and shut case” if not one that is fraudulent.

  • Waccamaw Seniors voice concerns about facility in Ash

    ASH—On a recent weekday morning, a group of seniors crowded into a room inside the old Waccamaw School.

    Some worked on a jigsaw puzzle around a table. Two others exercised on equipment on the opposite side of the room.

    A quilt made by the ladies and handmade clothing ready to be sent to children in Haiti were displayed nearby. In other corners of the room are a desk for site manager Virginia Long to use and a sitting area with couches and a TV.

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance approved for shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a petition for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance for shrimpers.

    Jackie Varnam, co-owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood market and president of Brunswick Catch, said she received notification last week assistance had been approved.

    That means shrimpers will be eligible for up to $12,000 in assistance, but they have to be approved, Varnam said.

  • Budget, more on Sunset Beach Town Council agenda Monday

      SUNSET BEACH—Town council will meet in regular session at 6:45 p.m. Monday, June 28.

    The meeting was scheduled and approved by council at its June 7 meeting in lieu of having a July meeting.

    Council also is scheduled to adopt the town budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 at a proposed tax rate of 9 cents per $100 of valuation, to be preceded by a public hearing about the proposed budget.

  • Carolina Shores approves new deputy town clerk

    At a specially called meeting Monday, the board approved appointing Nicole Marks of Ash to fill the position that has been vacant since deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin left in May to become the new town clerk in Sunset Beach.

    Marks was chosen from a field of about 60 contenders from North and South Carolina who applied for the open position, Mayor Stephen Selby said.

  • Privilege license hearing Monday in Calabash

    The issue pertains to privilege license fees to be applied to gaming establishments.

    At their June 8 meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $200 privilege license fee per sweepstakes machine over the current $5 fee.

    Following the privilege license fee session, the board is scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday to resume its recessed June 8 meeting.

  • Port opponents lobby Soles to nix state funds for NCIT study

    As the N.C. Senate debates the state budget, a concern for many locals is the chance that $5 million may be allocated to pay for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study of the N.C. International Terminal project near Southport.

    The N.C. House budget, approved earlier this month, included an amendment to take the state’s portion of costs for the feasibility study off the table.

    The amendment, introduced by Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, passed 104-11.

  • Brunswick County to get VA outreach clinic

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on Tuesday announced Brunswick County will receive a Veterans’ Outreach Clinic for Brunswick County veterans as early as this fall.

  • Senate votes to ban ‘video gaming entertainment’; vote moves to House

    The state Senate has passed a bill outlawing sweepstakes businesses where customers buy Internet or phone time and usually play computer-based games to win money and prizes, prompting many in the industry to claim the legislation will put thousands of people out of work.

  • Registration for new West Brunswick students starts next week

    Registration for new West Brunswick High School students starts next week and runs through August. Registration will be from 9 a.m-1:30 p.m. June 23 and 30; July 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Aug. 4 and 11.

    Registration packets may be picked up at any time prior to the registration date.