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  • A difficult economy leads to few success stories in the restaurant business

    At around 1 o’clock on a recent afternoon, Sunshine Café on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte had been closed for an hour or two due to a lack of business. Workers were busy cleaning up and performing routine maintenance work inside.

    Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Sunshine Café’s regular business hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. But the recent lull in business has the restaurant closed more often during what used to be peak lunch hours.

  • MARINE TEAM

    ST. JAMES—Call it a team effort for marine posterity.

    Last week, students from UNCW’s Center for Marine Science and its MarineQuest Oceans 17 program joined with the town of St. James to plant oyster shells—also known as “cultch” in marine lingo—in Beaver Dam Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Their mission is to create oyster habitat to help the mollusk population grow.

  • Sunset Beach bridge group garners petition signatures

    SUNSET BEACH—A group trying to save the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge brought more than 4,500 petition signatures to Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night.

    Ann Bokelman of the newly launched Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society presented the signatures, along with 18 letters from area businesses “in support of your efforts to save the bridge and find a suitable home,” Bokelman said, speaking at the council meeting about the “little bridge that could.”

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves 15 percent open space over objections

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved 15 percent open space for all mainland residential districts.

    The board’s unanimous vote came at a July 29 meeting, following a public hearing when representatives with several local golf course communities urged the board to consider a different formula.

    Lawyer Elaine Jordan and Dan Weeks spoke on behalf of The Coastal Companies, owner of Ocean Ridge and future Jaguar’s Lair golf course communities.

  • Sunset Beach boards agree future appearance is everything

    SUNSET BEACH—Looks are important, town board members informally agreed during a joint meeting Monday.

    “One of my concerns is the look of our community,” town council member Karen Joseph said during the afternoon session of fellow council members and the town planning board.

    Joseph joked she keeps hoping she’ll get a phone call from town administrator Gary Parker informing her a tornado came through Sunset Beach, “but all it did was knock down the old Food Lion—the whole thing.”

  • Carolina Shores board debates paving in Village at Calabash

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are debating whether they agreed to pave all of Palmer Drive in the Village at Calabash in one year.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby, speaking at a town workshop Monday, doesn’t believe the board has decided how much of the 2010-2011 budget will be spent on Village at Calabash roads.

    “We agreed Palmer [Drive] was the next road we’re going to repair,” Selby said. “I don’t recall $350,000 worth of Palmer Drive in one year.”

  • Committee organizing four-day fair/expo for 2011

    If all goes according to plan, Shallotte will be the site of a four-day “family fair and exposition” Sept. 9-12 of next year.

    A committee of local community promoters is seeking sponsors and vendors and obtaining the proper permits to create the first “county fair” in Brunswick County.

    “It’s going to be a combination of fairs,” explained committee member Stan Rogoff.

  • Local stars to spin around ballroom in upcoming fundraiser

    Brunswick County “stars” have raised more than $500,000 in the past two years, which has provided 210 scholarships for Brunswick Community College students. This Friday, they hope to raise even more.

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center gymnasium on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    “It is phenomenal; the success has been unbelievable,” event organizer Clarice Holden said of the annual fundraiser.

  • Strong storms knock power out in parts of the county

    A strong storm system moved through Brunswick County Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain and frequent thunder and lightning.

    Power was knocked out in parts of the county and a number of possible fire calls went out to local emergency personnel. So far, there have been no reports of actual fire damage caused by the storm. The town of Holden Beach reported a possible lightning strike to a power pole.

  • Leland mother dies after crash in Columbus County

    Dawn Baldwin-Ivey of Leland, a former Miss Brunswick County and lifelong county resident, died yesterday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center related to injuries received in a traffic collision on July 23.

    She was the wife of Officer Tillman Ivey of the City of Wilmington Police Department. They have three children Jacob 12, Shelby 9, and Bryanne 5.

    The Whiteville News-Reporter reported Baldwin-Ivey was critically injured at 4:14 p.m. last Friday while driving a 2001 Honda south on N.C. 11 in Columbus County, according to a report by Trooper Scott Floyd.