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  • Access Family Services seeks foster families

    Access Family Services is seeking foster parents and therapeutic foster parents.

    Children are placed in foster care when their families are unable to provide basic safety and protection they require. In many cases, foster care provides a temporary safe place while issues within the child’s family are resolved.

  • Calabash commissioners approve sewer grant application

    CALABASH—After some tweaking, commissioners approved a letter of support for a $500,000 Brunswick County Rural Center Grant application.

    After grant consultant Skip Vereen answered questions at the special July 24 meeting, commissioners also approved a supplemental program authorizing a resolution for the Rural Center Grant application for Calabash’s wastewater collection expansion project.

  • Kitten gets new home at Calabash maintenance building

    CALABASH—Bill Danford thought it was just a routine animal-on-the-loose call.

    As Calabash’s town service coordinator, he often handles animal-control issues in addition to many other sundry duties in the seafood capital.

    But this critter call about three weeks ago on Meares Street was a little different, involving a tiny black kitten that had strayed into Calabash Acres.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z approves consultant recommendation

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board on Monday approved recommending Penny Tysinger as consultant for the town’s codes book update.

    Tysinger, director of planning and development services for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, will be recommended to town commissioners at their upcoming workshop next Monday, Aug. 4.

    Planning and zoning board chairman Jim Hartnett said the board reviewed three people who applied for the consultant’s job.

    He tallied paper votes at the afternoon meeting Monday to determine Tysinger as the choice.

  • Some Holden Beach residents upset about canal project

    Woes continue for dredging canals in Holden Beach Harbor.

    More than a year after dredging began, property owners and town officials are dissatisfied with the removal of sand and mud from canals in that subdivision.

    The dredging project for the town’s canals was bid in December 2005. The first check was issued to Kevin Alderman from Alderman Brothers Construction in April 2006. The total payment made to the company was $242,326, current Holden Beach town manager David Hewett said.

    The contract with Alderman was to dredge 37,000 yards.

  • Holden Beach welcomes two-headed loggerhead sea turtle

    Glenn Gillette, an assistant director of the Holden Beach Turtle Watch, was at home last Tuesday morning when he got a call from a vacationer saying there was a little, scaly-green flipper poking out of the sand.

    Gillette hurried to the beach. It was 9 a.m. and the seagulls were out, making their rounds, yapping and scavenging the shore for scraps. Gillette and others who had come up to the dunes stood around and waited.

  • Oyster Festival unveils 2008 artwork, introduces artist

    The beach music, the shagging, vendors, artists, and of course, the oysters. All the things that make up the North Carolina Oyster Festival are depicted in this year’s featured artwork—a watercolor painted by local artist Ronald Williams.

    Williams, who lives in Leland, has been an artist his entire life. After studying art at the Parsons School of Design in New York, he worked as an artist for Belk, creating art for ads and promotions.

    He now spends his days painting and promoting his artwork through various shows and exhibitions.

  • Shallotte aldermen to notify state about potential hazard on San Rio property

    SHALLOTTE—Alderman John Kinlaw made a recent visit to the San Rio property off Gray Bridge Road and made a disturbing discovery—a large portion of the incomplete development is completely devoid of vegetation, which could result in stormwater runoff in the Shallotte River.

    In addition, “What appear to be storm water ponds are not adequate at all for stormwater,” he said.

  • Discount food outlet drawing steady business

    SHALLOTTE—Donna Pevehouse opened her reduced-price grocery stand at an opportune time.

    Since the business, Lea Food Discount Outlet, opened in late February at 541 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) across from West Brunswick High School, she has seen business steadily grow.

    “We’re doing quite well, actually,” Pevehouse said one recent hot afternoon as customers browsed boxes of assorted canned goods, snack foods, household items and other salvage items sold at the outlet.

  • Sewer payment modes mulled in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Bid-letting for local sewer should be ready to open early next year, a Brunswick County official told town council last week.

    Construction will take about two years for the town-wide project on the mainland and island, with completion by the end of 2011, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce said at the July 23 meeting.

    As lines are completed, he said they would go ahead and connect them into the system.