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  • Calabash board launches review of recommended UDO changes

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—With a new consultant at the helm, town commissioners last week started combing through recommended changes to the Unified Development Ordinance update.

    The thick book is designed to replace and better unify the town’s land-use section of its current code.

    Over the past year, proposed changes had drawn opposition from business owners and others in the community who found them too stringent or not appropriate or workable for Calabash.

  • Northbound lanes of U.S. 17 to close Wednesday morning near NMB

    The northbound lanes of U.S. 17 will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the fixed bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., just north of the Cherry Grove exit.

    The closure is expected to last about two hours. It is taking place for an investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, who will be investigating the fatal accident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

    Traffic will be diverted to the swing bridge during that time.

  • Financial projections, capital improvements in Sunset Beach's budgetary future

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—A five-year financial forecast calling for a second fire station and nine firefighters was among items discussed at Sunset Beach Town Council’s daylong budget retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker outlined financial projections for the next five fiscal years, which he said are only estimates to help guide future budgetary decisions in conjunction with the town’s capital improvement program.

  • Fourth annual Health Expo set for Feb. 27 at West Brunswick High School

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Free health screenings and a medication drop-off are among highlights at Health Expo 2010 taking place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, this year’s expo will feature an array of free health screenings and services.

  • CELEBRITY WINE & DINE: 'General Hospital' actress hosting wine tastings this weekend in Calabash

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—It isn’t every day a soap opera star visits a restaurant in the Seafood Capital.

    But that’s what’s happening this Friday and Saturday nights at Sunrise Pancake House, when “General Hospital” actress Laura Wright and her husband John host tastings introducing wines from their California winery.

  • Fried-fish Fridays: Calabash VFW heats up with Lenten dinners

    Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 19, from 5-7 p.m., the post once again will start cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 2.

    The cost is $9 per dinner and $1 for an extra cup of homemade clam chowder.

    VFW members start preparing for the weekly fish fries on Tuesdays, when increased orders of fresh haddock arrive at the post.

  • Local woman seeks to start support group for visually impaired

    Regina Evans of Shallotte is on a double mission: to educate the public that visually impaired people can lead normal lives and to provide a support system for the visually impaired and their families in Brunswick County.

    She has the experience to do just that.

    Evans lived in Georgetown, S.C., for 14 years before moving to Shallotte. There, she served on the S.C. Council for People with Disabilities, advocating for services for visually impaired children and adults.

  • Snow falls in Brunswick

    The most significant snowfall along the coast in 11 years occurred Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

    The NWS is reporting as much as 5 inches of snow in parts of Brunswick County Saturday morning.

    According to NWS reports, spotters reported 5 inches in Oak Island and Southport, 4.5 inches in Boiling Spring Lakes, 4 inches in Leland and 3 inches in Shallotte

    Local children were taking advantage of the accumulation to build snowmen, have snowball fights and make angels.

  • New dog park open in Shallotte

    The new Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Dog Park at Shallotte Park is now open to the public and pets, according to Melinda Johnson, marketing and community events coordinator.

    This project is the first of its kind in Brunswick County and is the result of collaboration between Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and a local organization named BARK.

    BARK, which stands for Brunswick Area Responsible K-9 owners, was formed by dog lovers in Brunswick County who set out to do positive work for dog owners in the community.

  • Snow in Brunswick County

    Just before 8 p.m. Friday, Brunswick County residents began reporting snow falling in the county. Reports indicate snow could be seen in Shallotte, Leland, Maco, Ocean Isle, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Supply, Sunset Beach and Shell point.

    By 8:30 readers reported snow coming down in the Longwood and Calabash areas as well. As many as 4 inches could fall tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

    Because of the weather, Brunswick County Schools has canceled all Friday evening activities and Saturday events due to the possible inclement weather.