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  • Ride cancer into the ground

     SHALLOTTE—There is one goal for a local group on Saturday, Oct. 8—to ride cancer into the ground.

    The 2011 motorcycle benefit ride will be the third annual event for the Let’s Ride Cancer into the Ground Foundation. The ride was founded in honor of Diane Sandoval, a 6-year breast cancer survivor. The money raised from the first two events was donated to help fund research for the cure.

  • Fall bike rally

     SHALLOTTE—Motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts will descend upon Shallotte this weekend for the annual Beach House Harley-Davidson Fall Beach Rally.

    The semi-annual event draws hundreds of people from all over the Southeast. During the five-day event, Beach House Harley-Davidson at 4919 Ocean Highway in Shallotte welcomes the entire public to come out and talk about bikes, shop, enjoy entertainment and make new friends with similar interests.

    The event features a tent sale and a wide variety of vendors.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Misdemeanor larceny and communicating threats at the pier; subject was arrested.

    •Anthony Kevin Richardson, 47, of 1592 Pelican Place, Shallotte, was arrested for outstanding warrants after an investigation at the pier. 

  • Sunset Beach considering professional help for parking, projects

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is considering initiating bids for a professional engineer to scrutinize and provide guidelines for future parking on the Sunset Beach island as well as other major projects like bike paths.

    Ongoing discussion about hiring a professional came during comments from the public and debate among council members at a special called workshop Sept. 15, most of it focused on future parking.

  • Sunset Beach homeowners feel boxed in by bridges

    SUNSET BEACH—Standing outside their mainland waterway-front house, Colie and Frances Dooley and their son, Tres, said the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge is too close for comfort.

    It’s been this way since the old span was moved in January to a vacant lot across from their home on Canal Avenue.

    This summer, the Dooleys, who have already filed a lawsuit regarding the new high-rise bridge, felt intruded upon as the Old Bridge Preservation Society conducted programs beside the old span.

  • State foreclosure prevention fund available for hardship assistance

    A stimulus-funded state foreclosure prevention fund is available for homeowners facing certain hardships to prevent foreclosure proceedings.

    Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum said he learned about foreclosure prevention fund at a recent clerks of court conference in Durham, and he wants eligible Brunswick County homeowners to utilize the fund if they qualify.

  • County seeking requests for proposals for old hospital building

    BOLIVIA—Want to buy an old hospital no longer used to see patients?

    Brunswick County Commissioners are looking for a buyer to take the former Brunswick Community Hospital off their hands.

    At their meeting Monday night, commissioners approved soliciting requests for proposals for anyone who wishes to procure the former 74-bed Brunswick Community Hospital.

    When Novant Health opened the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center in July, Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors. Then, on Sept. 12, the hospital was deeded back to Brunswick County.

  • Bicyclists descending Sunday at Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—About 1,500 bicyclists are expected to ride into town Sunday as the two-day Bike Multiple Sclerosis: Breakaway to the Beach Ride ends for the second year in Sunset Beach.

    Bicyclists are expected to start arriving in Sunset Beach as early as 11 a.m.

    As it did last year, this year’s ride will end in the parking areas at the Village at Sunset Beach and Ingram Planetarium.

  • Eleven-year-old cold case ends as South Carolina Jane Doe identified as missing Brunswick woman

    For the past 11 years, the body of Jane Doe lay beneath the earth in Darlington, South Carolina’s Magnolia Cemetery.

    For 11 years, the identity of Jane Doe haunted law enforcement officials in Darlington, and former coroner Elridge Norton, who paid for Jane Doe to have a plot in Magnolia Cemetery—to save her from a pauper’s grave or worse, cremation, which would have meant her identity would always remain a mystery.

  • New 'den' found for former zoo bear in Bolivia

    Shadow the bear finally has a new home.

    The 8-year-old Syrian Grizzly/black bear mix, who has resided at the site of the former Faircloth Zoo in Bolivia all his life, will soon be moving to Noah’s Ark, an animal sanctuary outside Atlanta.

    Lillian Caudill, owner of the former zoo off Midway Road, has been trying to find a new home for the bear since the zoo closed in 2006.

    Operators of the Georgia animal sanctuary are supposed to come and get him by the end of this month, Caudill said Tuesday.