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  • Revived development 'a good sign' for Calabash

    CALABASH—After months of wrangling, site preparation is finally under way at the site of the future Calabash Town Center, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons noted last week.

    “We’re proud to see that project move forward,” Clemmons said, speaking at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Aug. 10.

    Plans by Shallotte Partners call for 216 apartments or 18 three-story buildings on a 22.5-acre tract at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads. Commercial strips fronting both those roads will be developed separately.

  • Commissioners loosen UDO regulations to benefit small business growth

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved loosening some regulations outlined in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to benefit small businesses in the county.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the proposed changes to the UDO were mainly aesthetic changes such as illumination levels, lighting requirements, building façade requirements, landscape and buffering requirements and fences.

  • Commissioners OK no-wake zone in Intracoastal Waterway

    BOLIVIA—There’s a good chance boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway will have to slow down between Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach after county commissioners OK’d a request for a no-wake zone along the stretch of waterway.

    On Monday, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a no-wake zone request in the waterway in front of Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club.

  • Sheriff warns about fraudulent phone calls

    A resident of Brunswick County made contact with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Friday in reference to a solicitation received through a telephone call.

  • RACE is on for nonprofit management of Brunswick County animal shelter

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An organizer of a fledgling nonprofit is publicly outlining plans to pursue management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter about a year from now.

    Cheri McLain, organizer of the newly formed Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), spoke at an organizational meeting Aug. 5 that was attended by more than 60 people from throughout the county.

  • Letter-writing rules draw debate in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved revisions about sending written communications after debating the issue Tuesday at their monthly meeting.

    Town commissioner Mary Knight took issue, stating her First Amendment rights were being violated.

    Fellow commissioner John Melahn said the measure was to establish consistency for the town policy.

  • No Port seeking alternative use for NCIT site, continues fight against mega-port

    No Port Southport is continuing its mission to oppose construction of a deepwater container terminal in Southport by seeking alternative uses for the N.C. Ports Authority property now that the project has officially been placed “on hold.”

    Recently, No Port members met with representatives from the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) and made a presentation to county commissioners asking for their assistance with locating other industries that might use the 600 acres.

  • Family fights to save belongings, find temporary shelter

    Mike Sherrill still has trouble sleeping at night.

    When he closes his eyes, he sees the flames that “looked almost alive” when he opened his bedroom door last Monday—the day a fire destroyed the home he and his wife have lived in for 20 years.

    At about 1 p.m., Sherrill was returning from his day job and getting ready to work his second job at Food Lion. He threw some clothes in the dryer and had begun to take a bath when he heard a loud boom in the bedroom. He jumped out and ran to the room. That’s where he saw the flames and smoke.

  • Gullah/Geechee commission to meet in Southport Aug. 13

    The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will meet in Brunswick County for the first time next week, continuing its mission to develop a plan to preserve the West African culture in the four-state corridor.

    The quarterly meeting is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St., Southport. The public is invited.

    The meeting will include reports about the development of alternatives for the corridor’s general management plan.

  • Anointed Vessels to begin preparing for next ‘Glorious Impossible’

    The Anointed Vessels, a nonprofit performing arts ministry based in Ash, is beginning rehearsals for its December show, “Glorious Impossible,” a dramatization of Christ’s life.

    Rehearsals will begin Aug. 16, according to the Rev. Diana Payne, the ministry leader. Performances are set for Dec. 2-6.

    The ministry’s outdoor theater, “Can You Believe It?” has been the site of several Glorious Impossible shows over the years—each one with different sets and scenery but with the same story.