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  • 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.

  • 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.