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  • VFW pays respects in annual POW-MIA ceremony

    CALABASH—Hats were removed and prayers offered during a solemn ceremony last Friday, Sept. 19, at Calabash VFW Post 7288 to pay respects to prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

    The annual POW-MIA ceremony is brief but heartfelt, especially by participating VFW members who have had firsthand military and war experience.

    Two members, Pat Paterson and Guy Moulton, are former prisoners of war who have spoken at the ceremony in the past.

  • Town 'cautiously optimistic' about getting sand-loss funding

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said he is cautiously optimistic the town will receive some funds to replace sand lost during Tropical Storm Hanna.

    Hewett reported during the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday night he and other town officials had just met with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    “I’d like everybody to keep their fingers crossed on that FEMA thing,” said Holden Beach commissioner Don Glander.

  • Holden Beach causeway property owners speak out about design ideas

    Holden Beach Causeway property owners and visitors would like to see sidewalks, crosswalks, streetscaped flowers, plants and palm trees, and store signs of uniform size and height above street level.

    That seemed to be the consensus of a public-input meeting on the causeway hosted Sept. 18 by the Brunswick County Planning Department at Holden Beach Marina.

    Featured facilitator was Mark Zeigler, a community development planner from the Wilmington office of the Division of Community Assistance with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

  • Annual Pink Party raises $6,500

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2008 Pink Party and Charity Poker Tournament raised more than $6,000, which will help fund a team of local women and cancer survivors as they participate in a 60-mile walk for breast cancer.

    Anne Hoffman of Shallotte, Kimmie Durham of Ocean Isle Beach and three of their friends will participate in a three-day, a 60-mile walk in Atlanta this October benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

    Teams must raise a minimum of $2,100 to participate in the walk, and all proceeds benefit research and awareness.

  • Soles to chair Senate reform panel; local annexation foes continue to fight

    Annexation reform is a hot topic in North Carolina, one that a number of county residents, especially those in Shallotte Point, have been watching closely.

    In July, the State House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill establishing a nine-month moratorium on involuntary annexations and setting up a study commission to consider revamping the state’s annexation laws.

    Last week, State Sen. R.C. Soles (D-Columbus) was appointed co-chairman of the committee to study reforming municipal annexation, Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight announced.

  • Planning board continues parking ordinance review

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has continued review and tweaking of the town’s parking ordinance.

    At a Sept. 18 workshop, the board scrutinized off-street parking requirements in different categories, including public parks that could be applied to the town’s future boat ramp.

    “I’m not sure we want to go there with a parking space requirement,” town administrator Gary Parker said, adding it might be “better left to each individual property owner that comes forth for a park.”

  • Entertainment lines up for Sunset at Sunset on Oct. 4

    The second annual Sunset at Sunset Community Block Party, slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, in The Village at Sunset Beach, has scheduled both local and national talent.

    The entertainment lineup for the day includes the United States Marine Band at 1 p.m.; Shamalama at 2 p.m.; Brunswick Little Theatre at 3 p.m.; the Use-to-Be’s at 4 p.m.; the Songbirds at 5 p.m. and Brunswick Big Band at 5:30 p.m.

  • 16-year-old charged with theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A 16-year-old was charged Monday with the theft of a golf cart.

    Shay Gales, of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said more charges and arrests are expected.

    He said the arrest is connected to the theft of items reported stolen Sept. 20 from a house being remodeled on Pecan Avenue.

  • SMS beats Burgaw 32-8

    The Shallotte Middle School football team beat the Burgaw Patriots 32-8 Sept. 17 at SMS.

    Markell Jones scored three touchdowns: a 50-yard punt return, a 45-yard run and a 17-yard. He gained 165 yards on 10 carries.

    Phillip Gause scored two touchdowns: a 65-yard run and a 55-yard interception. He gained 125 yards on eight carries.

    “Caleb Morrison is doing a great job at quarterback for us,” coach Mark Jones said.

  • West's defense stars in win over Whiteville

    Playing its best defense of the season, the West Brunswick High School football team beat Whiteville 28-6 Friday at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    Alfy Hill recovered one fumble for a touchdown and blocked a punt to set up another touchdown as West improved to 2-2.

    “Some good things happened early for us,” coach Jimmy Fletcher said. “We made some plays early.”

    West’s defense held the Wolfpack without a first down until 3:54 was left in the first half. For the game, Tyquan Ash intercepted a pass and Kendrick Morgan recovered a fumble.