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  • Bridge work shuts down N.C. 179 at Jennies Branch for next six months

    For the next six months, traffic along N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach will be rerouted to a detour as new bridge work gets under way.

    A section of the heavily traveled route was shut down Monday by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to make way for bridge replacement and roadwork between Brookhollow Drive and Jennies Branch Baptist Church.

    Signs on either side of the bridge are directing motorists to a detour onto Hale Swamp Road.

  • Commissioners’ meetings next week in Carolina Shores

     CAROLINA SHORES—Hazard mitigation and a town audit are on the agenda of upcoming town commissioners’ meetings next week.

    Penny Tysinger, director of planning and development services for Cape Fear Council of Governments, will present information about hazard mitigation at commissioners’ regular monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

    Isaac Norris is scheduled to present an audit report.

  • Sunset Beach pursuing bridge-related improvements

    SUNSET BEACH—An island streetscape plan and bicycle paths were among items on two town agendas last week as town boards scrutinized future improvements to tie in with the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    At a specially called meeting Nov. 19, town council continued taking a closer look at a proposed streetscape plan in the beach business (BB-1) zone along Sunset Boulevard on the island.

  • New chairman, vice chairman for Sunset Beach Planning Board

     SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has a new chairman and vice chairman.

    Former alternate board member Bill McDonald was elected chairman and Gene Allen was elected vice chairman at a Nov. 20 meeting.

  • Sunset Beach to consider annexation along N.C. 179

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will meet Dec. 15 to consider a resolution of intent to annex an area west of Sunset Beach along N.C. 179.

    The specially called meeting is set for 7 p.m. at town hall, where council also will set a date for a public informational meeting for the proposed annexation.

    Council is considering a 99-acre area, the bulk of it extending along the east side of N.C. 179 from The Colony at Oyster Bay to the Calabash River, town clerk Kim Cochran said.

  • Calabash development a’comin’ and a’slowin’

     CALABASH—The pastel buildings stand dormant along a partially paved road, the beginning of a much-heralded project that came to an abrupt stop in the wake of an economic slowdown.

  • Former sheriff reports to federal prison

    First published at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday

    Dressed in a suit and tie, his wife by his side, former sheriff Ronald Hewett carefully worked the room as he had done so many times before.

    Monday afternoon he attended the dedication of the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building—shaking hands, giving hugs and exchanging pleasantries with familiar faces.

    Less than 24 hours later Hewett reported to federal prison.

  • N.C. 179 closing Monday at Jennies Branch

    At 9 a.m. Monday, N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte will be closed to traffic for the next six months as the North Carolina Department Of Transportation begins bridge replacement work at Jennies Branch.

    Traffic will be diverted to a detour on Hale Swamp Road, according to the NCDOT office in Wilmington.

    Signs will be posted to direct motorists to the alternate route.

    Local residents along 179 will have access to their homes but will have to use the detour instead of the bridge.

  • A year long-journey is one of hope for breast cancer survivor

    Sherry Anderson thanks God she is alive today, and she knows all too well just how dangerous breast cancer can be.

    The Boiling Spring Lakes resident lost her sister, Elaine Hammonds, to breast cancer when Elaine was 40. She had been fighting the disease for about three years.

    Anderson’s mom, Delores Barker, 74, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and now is fighting breast and lung cancer.

    Anderson also has an aunt and a great aunt who were diagnosed with the disease.

  • Programs offer medical assistance for those without insurance

    If it hadn’t been for the Brunswick County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), Sherry Anderson isn’t quite sure how her story would have turned out.

    After having to leave her job in the legal profession because of back problems, coupled with the need to care for her ailing husband, Anderson found herself without medical insurance.

    The expense associated with getting an annual mammogram almost prevented her from continuing her yearly screening—that is, until she found out about BCCCP.