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  • Calabash residents bring questions about future sewer system

    CALABASH—A steady flow of residents brought questions and sought answers at an informational wastewater system workshop.

    The three-hour session Aug. 28 was designed to give future sewer-system customers a chance to talk with county officials and representatives with HDR Engineering, the company designing the town’s future $7 million wastewater system.

  • Carolina Shores leaders interested in satellite sheriff's station

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are hopeful greater police protection is just up the road and around the bend.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said at Tuesday’s monthly workshop and meeting that she, Mayor Stephen Selby and commissioner Jack Csernecky met recently with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram to discuss having greater police coverage in the Carolina Shores area.

    Ingram said he is going to put in for two substations—one at Grissettown and the other on the north end of the county.

  • Pink Party to benefit team walking to find cancer's cure

    Breast cancer runs in Kimmie Durham’s family. Her mother was diagnosed at 52 and her grandmother at 67.

    Durham, of Ocean Isle Beach, found a lump in her breast during a self-examination, and after her surgery she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. Benign cells were surrounding the cancerous tumor the doctors didn’t originally find.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • Aldermen debate firefighter grant, want to know more

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are questioning a federal grant that would provide the fire department with four new full-time firefighters because of its matching fund requirements and how that might affect the town budget.

    But Tuesday night, they agreed to allow fire chief Paul Dunwell to begin the hiring process for two new firefighters and to find out if hiring only two would be acceptable to the agency providing funds.

  • Shallotte OKs town's new Vision Plan

    SHALLOTTE—A new vision is in place for revitalizing Shallotte, and now the work begins.

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 10-year vision plan prepared by Allison Platt and Associates of Goldsboro, which Platt presented to the board last week.

    Aldermen and town staffers said they were ready to move forward with the plan’s first steps including getting estimates on an economic feasibility study and working with the planning board on establishing an urban waterfront zoning district.

  • Sunset Beach rules development must maintain its own roads

    SUNSET BEACH—A recently annexed neighborhood is responsible for its own roads, local government officials say.

    The community in question is Sandpiper Bay, which was developed by Centex Homes and annexed last year by the town of Sunset Beach.

    The question arose after the town planning board approved on Aug. 28 an amendment requiring roads in town subdivisions to meet minimum design standards.

    A town ordinance currently allows an exception for developers to build streets that don’t meet the requirements as set forth in Chapter 98 of the town ordinance.

  • Trojans improve to 5-0

    West Brunswick scored two goals in the first seven minutes and went on to beat South Brunswick 9-3 in a non-conference soccer game Aug. 27 at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    “How about those first 10 minutes?” said West coach Tripp Smith.

    The next 70 minutes were special, too, as the Trojans improved to 9-3.

    West’s defense gave up two goals in the final 10 minutes, but the new unit continues to improve.

  • Ryan Hill's 94-yard TD run dashes Socastee's hopes of a win

    “Left 35, fake to fullback and go option left.”

    That was how quarterback Ryan Hill described the pivotal play in West Brunswick’s 35-22 season-opening football victory Friday night over Socastee.

    “We actually had a pass called.”

    That was how Trojan coach Jimmy Fletcher described the play.

    Whatever it was called, and whatever it was designed to do, the play worked—Hill zig-zagged 94 yards for the fourth-quarter touchdown that clinched West’s victory and end a 12-game losing streak.

  • North Brunswick flattens Fairmont

    LELAND—The North Brunswick Scorpions football team stung the Fairmount Golden Torpedoes 32-0 in the first game of the high school football season Friday.

    The penalty-filled first half started with a fumbled kickoff recovered by Fairmont. North Brunswick’s Jesse Riley began the Scorpions’ first possession with a 35-yard run from scrimmage. But a 62-yard run by Kiara Robinson was nullified by a penalty. And in the second quarter, a 35-yard pass play from quarterback A.J. Perkins to C.J. Holiday was also nullified.

  • North loses conference opener

    LELAND—North Brunswick let two game points slip in the first game and was unable to recover as it lost a three-game match to the Trask Titans in Waccamaw Conference volleyball action Aug. 28.

    Trask beat the Scorpions 27-25, 25-14 and 25-14.

    In the first game, Trask led 20-19, but an error led to a point for the Scorpions and a block gave them the lead.

    A hit by Jo’Landa White and two service winners by Latesha Harrison gave North a 24-20 lead.

    Trask saved game point on a dink, and then scored three more points to tie the score 24-24.