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  • Getting ready for a shell of an oyster season

    VARNAMTOWN—If the schedule goes as planned and the creek don’t rise, oyster season will officially kick off this Saturday, Oct. 15, local resident Marlene Varnam says.

    Varnam ought to know.

    Not only is she a Varnamtown native, her late husband, Carson, operated a shellfish market in town for decades.

    Since her husband passed away three years ago this month, Varnam has continued the annual tradition and season that she says will start this Saturday as long as it doesn’t rain too much this week.

  • Park plans shelved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have voted to shelve plans for a future town events center or park, at least for now.

    The unanimous vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Oct. 6. Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said there was never any intent to spend $300,000 for such a project in one fell swoop. A design consultant has estimated that would be the amount for a full-blown project if all facets of it were carried out.

    Dunn said the project should be placed on hold. She made a motion to do so, which was seconded by fellow town commissioner Tom Puls.

  • Carolina Shores board member walks out of meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner and mayoral candidate Walter Goodenough got up and left the room during a town meeting last week after telling a resident she needed to be quiet and sit down.

    Goodenough left the meeting room while town resident Jo O’Keefe was speaking during public comment at the end of the Oct. 6 town commissioners’ meeting.

    O’Keefe had been referring to an email she received the day before from an elected official. Goodenough interrupted and said he took issue after being called an “airhead.”

  • Calabash approves subdividing revisions for Kingfish Bay

    CALABASH--Following debate, the town board of commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday night to approve major subdivision of eight lots associated with existing townhomes at the unfinished Kingfish Bay development.

  • Shallotte teen's body found

     The search for a 19-year-old Shallotte teen came to an end on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause, John Gavin Lane’s body was found about 200 yards from his family’s Brierwood home.

  • ‘Project Soccer’ booted to South Carolina

    LELAND—North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco was in Brunswick County Thursday, Oct. 6, to thank local officials for their work on “Project Soccer.”

    Crisco was also on hand to announce Continental Tire, the German-based tire manufacturer and protagonist of the “Project Soccer” storyline, has chosen to set up shop, and its estimated 1,300 jobs, in Sumter County, S.C., instead of Brunswick County.

    Saying it was “disappointing,” Crisco added, “It’s hard to lose a big one.”

  • Go Pink: Local salon aims to spread awareness through hair extensions

     CALABASH—A local salon is helping women start an important conversation while raising money and spreading awareness about breast cancer.

    “We wanted to reach out and do something to give back,” said Brigitte Beaugy, owner of La Coquille Hair Design. “There are so many of our clients who have had cancer or are being treated for cancer. We were looking for a charity act to give back.”

  • Shallotte to consider funding proposal, contract to re-open portions of Holden Beach Road

     

     

    SHALLOTTE—The town was asked at its October aldermen meeting to fund a concept plan in the amount $4,250 and to support a proposal to connect old N.C. 130 and the new N.C. 130.

    Harold Matthews, owner of Shallotte Auto Spa, spoke on behalf of the Holden Beach Road Concerned Citizens and Business Owners.

  • Early to bed, early to ride: Family adjusts to staggered bus, start times

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about staggered start times in Brunswick County Schools.

    The clock on the dining-room wall showed 6:10 a.m. as Union Elementary School fourth-grader Abbigail Buckley ate a bowl of Frosted Flakes on another early school morning.

    Her mom, Kim, wore her restaurant server’s uniform as she tended to the coffeepot and other duties in the kitchen.

  • Sixth annual Warrior Ride hits Brunswick County roadways this Friday and Saturday

    About 27 veterans injured in combat will ride through Brunswick County Oct. 7 and 8, and event organizers want area residents to come out to support the warriors.

    The Warrior Ride is in its sixth year in Brunswick County, nonprofit event organizer Deborah Racine said.