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  • Hoggard shuts out West Brunswick Trojans

    Hoggard scored two goals in the final four minutes of the first half and went on to beat West Brunswick 3-0 in a conference match Sept. 9 at West.

    The loss was the first of the season for the Trojans (6-1). The Vikings improved to 3-0-1.

    “This was a tough game against the Trojans,” Hoggard coach John Teller said, “and they actually moved the ball better than we did.”

    Teller said his team was lucky to have been playing a poor schedule until it met West, and that has given time for his starters and his reserves to play as a unit.

  • Shallotte wins opener in rout

    The Shallotte Middle School football team opened its season Sept. 9 by routing Chadbourn 54-12 at West Columbus High School.

    SMS scored three times in the first quarter.

    Greg Bell scored Shallotte’s first points on a 10-yard run.

    Jamar Bethea scored on a 15-yard punt return and Markel Jones scored on the two-point conversion.

    Bell scored on 25-yard run and Scottie Melvin kicked the extra point, putting SMS ahead 21-0.

    In the second quarter, Jones scored on a 55-yard run. Melvin’s extra point put SMS ahead 28-0 at halftime.

  • Services set for CIS board member

    Stephanie Bessmer is described as a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, but those who knew her will remember her for more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Tuesday as a result of a weather-related automobile wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.

  • Gas prices increase; Governor cracks down on gouging

    Friday morning, Gov. Mike Easley declared a state of “abnormal market disruption” under state law, which charges the Attorney General with enforcing the price gouging statute.

    By Friday afternoon, gas prices in Shallotte and surrounding areas were maxing out at more than $4 a gallon for premium, and vehicles were lined up at stations like Caroco and Kangaroo on Main Street

  • Fatal wreck on N.C. 87 kills one

    An 88-year-old Bolivia woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her vehicle was struck by an on-coming SUV on N.C. 87 near Bolivia.

    According to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Eleanor Waterford Harden was traveling north on N.C. 87 when she attempted to turn left onto Danford Road, failing to yield and into the path of an on-coming SUV.

    Speed was not a factor, Holmes said, noting both drivers were driving the speed limit when Harden pulled into the path of the other driver.

  • County planning board endorses low impact development manual

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday endorsed the county’s low impact development manual, the first of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina.

    With the planning board’s endorsement, the manual will be forwarded to county commissioners for their approval.

    The manual was presented to county commissioners and planning board members Wednesday, Sept. 3, but board members tabled its endorsement until specific concerns were addressed in the manual.

  • Loyack, Lewis to continue as chairman, vice-chairman

    BOLIVIA—Planning board chairman Michael Loyack and vice-chairman Alan Lewis will continue with their respective duties, board members voted Monday night.

    Lewis, who led Monday’s meeting because Loyack was absent, said he spoke with Loyack, who said he would like to continue as board chairman.

    Board members also granted an extension request for Oak Harbor Phase 3, which was tabled at the board’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    The development received approval Sept. 25, 2006, and received a six-month extension March 10.

  • Calabash commissioners OK sewer assessment

    CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved recommending a sewer assessment payback plan of “at least” 10 years.

    The recommendation will be forwarded to Brunswick County commissioners, who will make the ultimate decision on the period citizens will have to pay their individual sewer assessments.

    At present, options offered by the county are three-year, six-year, or a 10-year plan.

    Commissioner Emily DiStasio expressed concern.

  • Widow's Mite Experience helps women and children across the globe

    When a pastor at Highest Praise Worship Center urged his congregation to take a “corporate fast” and figure out what God’s purpose for their lives, Janet Baker and a group of woman all came to the same purpose.

    “We had just been called to help women and their children. We just had a real heart for that,” Baker said.

  • Planning board OKs outside storage request with conditions

    SHALLOTTE—Despite objections from a neighboring property owner, the town planning board has recommended allowing outdoor storage at a Main Street business as long the business owner meets town code requirements.

    During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the planning board heard from Super Sod owner Al Braden, who had received violation notices from the town for not replacing dead trees that were serving as landscape buffers and for storing rock for sale on pallets in violation of town ordinances.