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  • FEMA, state officials to determine disaster declaration

    State and federal emergency officials have been combing Brunswick County in the wake of Tropical Storm Hanna to determine if the county is eligible for a disaster declaration.

    If total damages left by Hanna top the $12 million mark, the county could receive a disaster declaration, thereby making the county eligible to receive federal funding to pay for damages, emergency services director Randy Thompson said.

  • Calabash sets merchants association meeting to unite area businesses

    CALABASH—An effort to unite businesses in the seafood capital is launching Thursday.

    An organizational meeting for a town merchants association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Calabash Photography Studio on Beach Drive, commissioner Forrest King announced at the Sept. 9 monthly town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will observe its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with a celebration at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    County commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • The Prohibition and Great Depression Years (1920-1939) at Ocean Isle Beach

    The National Prohibition Act passed over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto on Oct. 28, 1918, and provided enforcement for the 18th Amendment outlawing liquor. The act took effect on the Federal level on Jan. 29, 1920, and was not repealed until Dec. 5, 1933.

    During the Prohibition years in America, it was illegal to produce, transport, or possess liquor. However, sailing vessels routinely used Tubbs Inlet to smuggle rum, whisky and other liquor into Brunswick County from the Bahamas, Jamaica and Canada.

  • Shallotte planning board sets vision plan workshop

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board will meet in a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to discuss a schedule of tasks to make Shallotte’s new vision plan a reality.

    “One of the things [the planning board] wants to focus on initially is the urban waterfront district,” town administrator Paul Sabiston said this week.

    Obtaining the required permits from the state Division of Coastal Management would require a lot of planning and paperwork.

  • Women's conference set for Saturday

    Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.

    At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.

    “I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”

    Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • Sunset at Sunset party set for Oct. 4 in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans are firming up for the second annual Sunset at Sunset block party Oct. 4, which this year includes a photography contest of sunsets.

    The deadline for submissions for the event’s inaugural photo contest is 12:30-4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 19. Amateur photographers are asked to submit black-and-white or color photographs of sunsets during that time at Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • County commissioners make room for boat ramp in tight budget

    Water access trumped a tight budget Monday night as county commissioners earmarked $500,000 over the next two years for a new boat ramp in Sunset Beach.

    In a fiscal year where the county budget included no new jobs and expenditures were severely limited, Sunset Beach town officials will receive $250,000 from this year’s budget.

    County manager Marty Lawing said the $250,000 commissioners agreed to give the town from this fiscal year’s budget was not included in the budget, but water access “has been a major goal of commissioners this year and last.”

  • South prevails over Trojans

    Celebrating on the sidelines after South Brunswick’s 25-15 victory over West Brunswick, coach Gordon Walters hugged senior Greg Gilbert, lifted him off the ground and shouted, “I love you.”

    Walters’ feelings were shared by all Cougar fans, as Gilbert intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to clinch the Cougars’ thrilling victory Friday night.

  • North's Nelson wins cross-country meet; South wins team title

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—North Brunswick’s Rashaad Nelson won the 3.1-mile conference cross-country race Sept. 9 at South Brunswick.

    South Brunswick’s boys won the team competition, finishing with 31 points. North finished with 39 points. Trask and Pender forfeited.

    Nelson finished in 19 minutes, 27 seconds.

    Pender’s Hector Sanchez was second (19:41), North’s Tony Wright third (20:24) and South Brunswick’s Charlie Martin fourth (20:30).