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  • ‘Black Friday’ attracts shoppers, despite economy

    Local merchants reported “Black Friday,” the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was a modest success in Brunswick County.

    Retailers say they are looking forward to a successful shopping season, despite the slowdown in the economy.

    At Belk in Shallotte, store manager Beth Herndon said 250 people were in the store by 5:10 a.m., judging by the results of the store’s gift card giveaway.

    Herndon said sales were “very good” this year and about on par with last year’s Black Friday receipts.

  • Ambulance, car collide at Shallotte Intersection

    SHALLOTTE—An ambulance and a car were involved in a wreck Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Mulberry and White Streets in Shallotte.

    Shallotte Police and the N.C. State Highway Patrol were investigating the cause of the accident that injured four people.

    Two people from a Life Star ambulance and the driver of a Nissan passenger vehicle were taken to Brunswick Community Hospital. The passenger in the Nissan was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • Salvation Army worker plays harmonica while ringing in holidays

    SHALLOTTE—“I’m just a little different than the rest of ‘em,” Sam Lospinoso said as he played a blues-style “Jingle Bells” on harmonica while ringing his Salvation Army bell at the entrance to Wal-Mart.

    Customers bustling in and out of the store one day before Thanksgiving were appreciative of the talented worker and the array of tunes he’s been playing by ear since he was 10.

    “If it’s behind my ear, I can play it,” the Wilmington resident said.

  • Ingram Planetarium kicks off first phase of digital transition

    SUNSET BEACH—A transition to digital is taking place at Ingram Planetarium.

    The two-part transition began during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when new laser projection equipment with full-color animation and lights choreographed to music was unveiled. The equipment comes complete with a 5.1 surround-sound system.

    The system comes with about 20 shows that can be choreographed to popular music from some of history’s greatest artists.

    Preview shows featuring music by The Beatles and Pink Floyd took place during the weekend.

  • Calabash tree lighting set for Friday night

    Staff Report

    Music, treats, candle-lighting and Santa will highlight Calabash’s 13th annual Christmas tree lighting set for 6 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot of Callahan’s Christmas shop.

  • Owner and her funny hats greet breakfast, lunch diners at Calabash eatery

     CALABASH—Brenda Dixon wears many hats.

    The owner of Granny Allyn’s Country Kitchen has so many hats, in fact, she wears a different one every day to the delight of her breakfast and lunch customers at the Thomasboro Road eatery.

    “That’s my winter hat,” Dixon quipped last Friday, emerging from the kitchen last Friday morning with a bright fuchsia plush-fur hat on top of her head.

  • Lockwood Folly Marketplace opens in Supply

    SUPPLY—Lockwood Folly Marketplace opened its doors for the first time Monday morning, and customers say the new local food and gift shop is a great addition to the community.

    Owner Lindsay Hewett opened the store near the N.C. 211/U.S. 17 intersection in the building her family has owned for generations. She was pleased with the steady flow of customers dropping in Monday to check out the new store.

  • Free 'Amahl' play set for Dec. 5-7

    SOUTHPORT—For the third year, sisters Pat Pittenger and Stuart Callari are directing a free production of the operetta “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” at three Brunswick County locations Dec. 5-7.

    The operetta, based on the Biblical story of the three wise men, tells the story of a poor, disabled boy who has a problem telling tall tales. Because of this, his mother does not believe him one evening when he tells her of seeing a star “as big as a window.”

  • Fence heights, parking on Sunset Beach agenda

    Fence-height and off-street parking amendments are on the agenda of the next Sunset Beach Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in town council chambers.

    Council members also will consider a request from owners that 690 Sunset Blvd. N. be designated a special sign district.

    A work session is scheduled at 6:45 p.m. prior to the meeting.

  • Hearing Tuesday for new housing in Calabash

     A public hearing for a developer planning to build multi-family housing in Calabash is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Shallotte Partners is seeking a conditional use permit to build the housing in the R-8 zoning district.