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  • Can Southport become the next Fukushima?

    SOUTHPORT—On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami changed the landscape of Japan and the mentality of the nuclear world forever.

    “Fukushima was a watershed for our industry,” said Michael Annacone, site vice president during a recent media tour of the Brunswick Plant.

    The extent of the disaster at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, still isn’t known, but the nuclear world is attempting to learn valuable lessons to increase safety for the future so similar incidents don’t occur.

  • Why isn’t it done yet?

     

    SHALLOTTE—The long awaited Smith Avenue Project is delayed yet again.

    The original completion date of Oct. 1, 2010, has come and gone. So have the late December, early spring and late May anticipated completion dates. And it appears the July Fourth completion date will also come and go without the disappearance of the orange-and-white traffic barrels lining Main Street and Smith Avenue.

  • Family Tradition at Civietown Fire Department

    CIVIETOWN—It’s a family tradition to be a part of the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department for its new chief.

    The Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has recently undergone a change in command.

    Former Assistant Chief Mark Hewett is now the chief. He takes the place of Chief Bobby Hewett.

    “Bobby retired out as a respected ex-chief,” Hewett said. “He came through the ranks like I did.”

  • Rev your engine for a cause

    SHALLOTTE—It’s time to rev your engine for a good cause.

    For the 19th year in a row, the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts are launching fundraising for their annual Christmas Toy Run.

    At 11 a.m., Saturday, June 11, the streets of Shallotte will be filled with motorcycles and classic cars as participants in a poker run help raise money to make area children’s holiday wishes come true.

  • River's Edge property owner's seek board's help

    SHALLOTE—Several River’s Edge property owners addressed the board of aldermen during the public comment portion of their June meeting, imploring them to call a bond for infrastructure promised and not delivered by a developer.

  • Celebrate Old Glory this Flag Day

    Flag Day, an often-overlooked holiday, will be celebrated in Shallotte this Saturday.

    Flag Day is June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States. It was adopted on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The day is traditionally marked by parades in towns around the country.

    This year Shallotte Elks Club 2854, in conjunction with Shallotte Fire Department, West Brunswick High School JROTC and Boy Scouts Troop 201, is holding a Flag Day Celebration at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Shallotte Fire Department.

  • Shallotte Crime

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Crystal Shannise Jenkins, 24, of 2555 Johnsonville Road, Bolivia, was arrested for possession of stolen property. A loss prevention officer at Walmart stopped the suspect. Jenkins had an outstanding warrant, and the officer found several stolen items in her purse.

  • Do I have a green glow?

    As a child driving to Long Beach for family vacations, we passed the nuclear plant. I always remember passing it because in the car we were on the lookout for a green glow. Dad would point out the window and ask, “Can you see it glowing?”

    My brothers and I would giggle in the backseat and create stories about glowing green monsters with three or four arms and two heads coming out of the woods.

  • MOTSU to conduct training exercises June 13-17

    Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) will be conducting training exercises during the week of June 13-17. These exercises will take place in the Southport and Leland area as well as around the Sunny Point facility.
    Loud noises and explosions are possible during this week due to the training exercises being conducted.

  • Few speak out about proposed $190 million budget

    BOLIVIA—With 190 million reasons to speak up during Monday’s public hearing on the county’s upcoming fiscal year’s budget, only one person spoke during the public hearing.

    Bill Bittenbender, president of the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners’ Association (ABCPOA), said the alliance had two areas of concern with the proposed $190 million operating budget.