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  • Details unveiled about new Brunswick hospital at planning meeting

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Technical Review Committee met Thursday, Aug. 21, to review details of the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    Novant officials broke ground on the $107-million facility in September, and construction is expected to be completed by 2010, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    The hospital site is 101.25 acres off U.S. 17 about 2.5 miles from the current hospital. The facility will be 252,604 square feet, with an additional 75,000 square feet of medical office space.

  • Get ready for DTV

    So what’s going to happen to all those portable battery-powered TV sets residents of coastal counties rely during storm-induced power outages?

    Once this region switches from analog to digital television Sept. 8, as required by the Federal Communications System, they won’t be of much use.

    Louis Gianelos of Carolina Shores keeps a Sony Watchman on hand in case of emergencies. He wondered why he hadn’t heard anything about portable TVs in the midst of the switchover hype.

  • Marine killed in wreck

    A 19-year-old Marine was killed in a motorcycle accident on N.C. 133 Saturday morning.

    Pfc. Zachary Adam Stein died on the scene after he was struck by an oncoming vehicle around 10:25 a.m. Saturday. He was traveling north on N.C. 133 near N.C. 211, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

    Matthew G. Magee, 21, of Burlington, Ky., was attempting to turn south on N.C. 133 from Northhampton Drive when he failed to yield to Stein, Holmes said.

    Magee has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, Holmes said.

  • Two shot in Calabash

    Information about a double shooting over the weekend near Calabash has been turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the shooter.

    Just after 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a home at 99 Calabash Road.

  • New gift shop gets personal(ized) in Calabash

    CALABASH—Linda Chappell and her daughters can tell the seafood capital is growing just by checking their shared business gauge.

    Twenty-three years ago, when Chappell launched a new hair salon on Thomasboro Road, “I was like ‘Little House on the Prairie’ when I first opened here,” she said.

    It’s not quite as desolate in her second, family-owned venture next to the salon, Thee Coconut Tree, a gift shop where a trio sells personalized and embroidered items.

  • Safety, growth among top concerns regarding U.S. 17

    CAROLINA SHORES—Safety, traffic flow and development are among foremost issues when it comes to U.S. 17, members of the town planning and zoning board say.

    Led by Don Eggert, transportation planner with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, members took turns listing their concerns about the four-lane designated expressway that passes through Carolina Shores’ municipal and extraterritorial boundaries at an Aug. 20 workshop.

  • Holden Beach, public talk about cabanas

    No one said he or she wanted to ban cabanas totally from Holden Beach as town leaders sought citizen input during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    But it seemed to be a consensus from the island residents who spoke they would like cabanas banned from sunset to sunrise each day, as they said it is on Sunset Beach.

    Island residents said the cabana issue is a small problem now, but they would like Holden Beach commissioners to set a policy before it becomes a big problem.

  • Vision plan's draft discussed

    SHALLOTTE—Urban planner Allison Platt sees downtown, mixed-use development in this town’s future and also as an esthetically pleasing, economic alternative to suburban sprawl across the country.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, Platt presented her latest draft of Shallotte’s 10-year vision plan, complete with downtown, riverfront development, and gave town aldermen guidelines for implementation.

    The board is scheduled to vote on the final plan at next Tuesday’s regular meeting set for 7 p.m. at town hall.

  • San Rio property owner cries foul

    George Dedrick and his wife, Kay, of Gibsonville decided to buy a lot in the San Rio Ocean and River Club last July. The deal was finalized the following September.

    The two had always been careful with their money, George Dedrick said, and they were looking for an investment or maybe a future retirement residence. San Rio fit the bill.

    They liked the uniqueness of the plans for San Rio, off Gray Bridge Road in the Shallotte area. They knew the developers, Wakefield, had a history of good projects in other parts of the state.

  • Senator, USDA reps visit fire station

    SHALLOTTE—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a staffer from Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s office and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development department paid a visit last week to the Shallotte Central Fire Station on Wall Street, built from a USDA Rural Development grant.

    The town planned a lunch and a celebration to honor the USDA grant and federal representatives for their assistance.