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Local News

  • National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act passes in U.S. House

    The National Flood Insurance Program lapsed May 31, and for each day the program is not re-instated, people in the 100-year floodplain, many of whom live in Brunswick County, will be unable to get flood insurance.

    The National Association of Realtors estimate the lapse in the federally required flood insurance program is stalling about 1,200 real estate closing each day.

    Mary Ann McCarthy, president of the 800-member Brunswick County Association of Realtors, said it is imperative Congress passes an extension to the program.

  • Work heats up on Smith Avenue extension; delays on Main Street expected

    Road crews have been common sights on Smith Avenue in Shallotte the past couple of weeks, diverting traffic as they create the road’s new alignment as part of the Smith Avenue Extension project.

    Work is also continuing on the new section behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center, and in the next month, crews will work on Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) to connect the two.

  • McIntyre comes out against NCIT project planned for Southport

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced his opposition to the construction of the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) the N.C. Ports Authority has planned for 600 acres near Southport.

    On Tuesday, McIntyre issued a statement saying he had expressed concerns in the past about the project’s potential effects on Brunswick County’s quality of life and, so far, no answers have been forthcoming.

    “After years of public debate, I still have these concerns, and these questions remain unanswered,” he stated.

  • Vet pens book about pet obesity

    CALABASH—Sure, people love their pets, says Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward.

    Some people love their pets almost to death, in fact, especially if they’re overfeeding them with the wrong things.

    He sees so many such beloved pets, Ward’s latest book, “Chow Hounds,” is all about pet obesity.

    “This is my first book for pet owners,” says Ward, who has written three previous veterinary textbooks.

  • Gaming privilege licenses boosted to $200 in Calabash

    CALABASH—Following debate among board members, Calabash commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to implement an increased $200 privilege license fee for sweepstakes machines. Te previous fee was $5.

    Following the specially called meeting, town commissioner Mary Knight reiterated her stance favoring a $1,000 fee, stating the board blew its chance.

    “You’re not paying attention to your community and your citizens,” she said.

  • NRC continues work on inspection report for Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    Last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) dispatched a Special Inspection Team to Brunswick Nuclear Plant to review what happened to trigger an alert at the plant June 6 and a delay in emergency response.

    The plant declared an alert June 6 due to the discharge of halon gas, a fire suppressant, into the basement of the emergency diesel generator building. There was no fire at the facility, and both units continued operation without interruption. No one was injured.

  • Renowned Army band bring pops, patriotism to BCC stage Saturday

    They’re “citizen soldiers” who in civilian life are students, educators, businesspeople and professionals.

    At 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, they’ll blend together as North Carolina National Guard 440th Army Band for a free Fourth of July weekend concert.

  • Group launches to save old Sunset Beach bridge

    What do you do with an old one-lane bridge?

    Ann Bokelman and Karen Dombrowski are trying to figure that out.

    They want to save the historic Sunset Beach pontoon bridge before it’s too late.

    Last week, the Sunset Beach residents announced formation of The Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society, a group of citizens interested in preserving the 50-year-old bridge as a local historic icon.

  • Bridge breakdown snarls traffic

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the bridge was closed for about three and a half hours Sunday afternoon.

    At 12:38 p.m., a call went out for emergency aid for a woman with heat exhaustion. But the bridge was out of service, preventing an emergency crew from crossing to the island.

    Barbee said local businessman Fletcher Frink, owner of the NAPA store in Calabash, used his boat to carry emergency medical technicians over to the island and aided them in bringing the patient back across to the mainland.

  • Employing the unemployed: Seasonal jobs more sought-after than ever

    In a coastal area like Brunswick County, summer employment means staying busy—taking reservations, filling orders, making sure rooms are clean and responding promptly to tourists’ requests.

    Because of the current recession and high jobless rate, owners of tourist-dependent businesses in Brunswick County are putting more time and effort into the hiring process.