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  • Some residents want county dog park

    Count beach dog-walkers among those interested in creating a “bark park” in Brunswick County.

    Tammie Sowders and Brian Hodge of Little River, S.C., playing in the surf with their dog at Sunset Beach on Monday, said a dog park closer to home is just what is needed.

    Soon, Sowders said, seasonal rules that ban dogs from the beach during the day will take effect, and she said a dog-walk park in Myrtle Beach is too far away for them to drive conveniently.

  • Future of Calabash Fire Department debated at heated board meeting Tuesday night

    CALABASH—Board members came close to relinquishing the Calabash Fire department over to Brunswick County on Tuesday night, then voted to table a letter to that effect until local town leaders can meet with county officials.

    During often heated discussion, fire department board member Carl Naecker expressed frustration that neither mayor in Calabash or Carolina Shores has met with the board.

  • Drive-by suspects arrested

    Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Calabash man.

    Matthew Lee Baber, 25, of 7143 Channel I, Sunset Beach, and Norman Elliot Simmons, 23, of 6501 Kingtown Road, Ash, have been charged with the murder of James Allen Murdock.

    Police found Murdock in a car on Pineclair Drive near Calabash just before 10 p.m. May 8—dead from an apparent drive-by shooting.

    Although investigators believed it was a drive-by shooting, sheriff’s office Lt. Sam Davis said it was not a random shooting—Murdock was the apparent target.

  • 'Misplaced' signs may have travelers taking long way around

    CALABASH—Do you know the way to Calabash or Carolina Shores?

    If you’re an out-of-towner trying to find your way to either western Brunswick County town, maybe not.

    Officials in both towns have complained state highway department signs pointing out directions to the towns along U.S. 17 are improperly placed.

    The signs are at the intersection with N.C. 904, which is several miles from the actual roads leading to the towns farther south.

  • Community policing leads to four arrests in Supply break-in

    SUPPLY—Four suspects were arrested last Thursday and charged with an early morning break-in at the Provision Co. restaurant near Holden Beach.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison, an employee noticed a broken window, damaged items and a stolen flat screen TV when the employee went to work and reported the break-in.

    Sheriff’s deputies conducting surveillance in the area noticed the suspects loading the TV in the back of a car and arrested the suspects after a traffic stop.

  • Concerts on the Coast at Ocean Isle Beach kick off this weekend with 'Band of Oz'

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s Concerts on the Coast begins this Friday and continues through the end of August. The Band of Oz will play this Friday at 6:30 p.m., kicking off the 2008 concert series.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s Concerts on the Coast are in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina every Friday from May 23-Aug. 29. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

    The Concerts on the Coast events have been organized every summer since 2002 when the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association provided sponsorship to jump-start the event.

  • Ocean Isle Beach named one of the best according to ASBPA

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has named Ocean Isle Beach a winner of one of the 2008 Best Restored Beach Awards.

    According to a press release, Ocean Isle Beach began seeking funding for a federal restoration program after Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989. A capital reserve savings account was opened for the town’s portion of the funding. In 2001, coastal engineers began dredging sand from Shallotte Inlet, which not only extended beach renourishment two additional years, but also deepened the channel for boaters.

  • 'Summer Series in the Park' kicks off Thursday evening in Shallotte

    Shallotte alderman Walt Eccard has a vision for Shallotte. He hopes it will become a place where neighbors gather and spend time together.

    As an alderman and chair of the Downtown Shallotte Development Authority, Eccard, along with other town leaders and community volunteers, has been working to make that dream a reality.

    With a farmers’ market operational and growing, other time has been focused on generating community and business support for a 10-year vision plan for downtown Shallotte.

  • Realtors upset about Sea Trail ban on signs

    SUNSET BEACH—Real estate signs dotting the landscape at Sea Trail may soon be a thing of the past if the Sea Trail Masters Association has its way.

    But a group of real estate agents and property owners who met Monday at a Sea Trail clubhouse claimed the association’s recent mandate banning signs, effective this Friday, May 23, is discriminatory.

    “It’s very difficult to show property in a community that doesn’t allow signs,” said Sarah Lane, speaking at the gathering attended by about a dozen people at Maples Activity Center.

  • Trojans oust defending state champs in first-round playoff game

    Alfred Hitchcock would have loved this.

    The setting had everything “the master of suspense” ever wanted.

    Two outs. Bottom of the last inning. Defending state champs in the field. Game tied. Runner on second. Last guy in the lineup steps to the plate.

    Seth Roberts hit the ball into no-man’s land between the first baseman and right fielder to drive home Blain Turner and lift West Brunswick to a 9-8 win over C.B. Aycock in the second round of the 3A state baseball tournament.