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  • Shallotte Point residents appeal judge's dismissal

    The Shallotte Point residents who sued the town over a rezoning in their neighborhood have appealed a judge’s recent dismissal of the suit, hoping the state court of appeals will reverse the decision.

    Husband and wife Chris Musi and Pam Sabalos, who live on Riverbend Drive, filed suit last year against the Town of Shallotte, claiming the town’s rezoning of land on the street for the proposed Holden’s Landing condominium project was “arbitrary” and amounted to illegal “spot zoning.”

  • Shallotte schedules hearing on vision plan, approves annexations

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have set a public hearing and presentation on the town’s vision plan for the pre-agenda meeting Aug. 26.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, the board of aldermen agreed to hear from consulting planner Allison Platt at the 5:15 p.m. pre-agenda meeting. Platt will give a final presentation on the 10-year vision plan and answer questions from the board and the public.

    At the regular board meeting the following week, aldermen will consider voting on the plan, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.

  • Officials pinpoint area for second fire station

    SUNSET BEACH—Town officials on Monday outlined the geographical feasibility of locating a second fire station in the vicinity of N.C. 904, south of Georgetown Road.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said that’s also the location recommended by an N.C. Insurance Commission representative, who has been working with town fire chief Chris Barbee on a prospective fire station.

  • Running down her dreams

    As baseball players tossed baseballs and infielders fielded groundballs one late afternoon at the West Brunswick High School baseball field, the conversation among the spectators was about the Trojans and their prospects in the upcoming Junior American Legion playoffs.

  • The Pirate Years (1690 to 1720) at Ocean Isle Beach

    Between 1690 and 1720, pirates operated freely off Ocean Isle Beach—especially three pirates—Sam Bellamy, Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach.

    One pirate who looted more than 50 ships from his vessel “Whydah” was Bellamy, who was often called “Black Bellamy.”

    Bellamy’s pirate career came to an end on April 26, 1717, when a bad storm sunk his ship and nearly all onboard died including Bellamy.

    Another notorious pirate who attacked ships off Ocean Isle was Bonnet who was often called “The Gentleman Pirate.”

  • 'Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars' raises $200,000 for Foundation

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” raised $200,000 for Brunswick College Community students and crowned its first dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of the fundraiser.

    All money raised from the event will go toward scholarships awarded to future BCC students.

    Clarice Holden, event organizer and Foundation member, was surprised by the amount of money donated.

  • UPDATESheriff's Office offers $5,000 reward in Leland woman's murder

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has received a $5,000 reward from N.C. Gov. Mike Easley for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Valerie Ann Burns.

    Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen in downtown Wilmington early last Wednesday morning.

    Around 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Winnabow Fire Department and the sheriff’s office responded to a vehicle fire on Goodland Road in Leland.

  • Twenty-six people rescued from boat fire

    Twenty-six people have been rescued by the Coast Guard after a charter fishing boat caught fire early this morning.

    Just before 11:30 a.m. 26 people were taken to the triage center set up by emergency crews at the Calabash docks.

    While the cause of the blaze is unknown, men, women and children of all ages were forced to abandon the 45-foot custom fishing boat, Miss Calabash II, when the boat caught fire, causing black, billowing smoke to surround it.

  • Mental health: Has N.C. done enough?

    Are adequate services available for people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse in North Carolina?

    Some healthcare professionals say no.

    Since the state privatized mental health services in 2000, many healthcare providers say there’s simply not enough funding to go around, meaning people are falling through the cracks opened by budget shortfalls.

  • Clinic provides medical services for patients without insurance

    SOUTHPORT—Tom Barton takes slow, careful steps toward the tiny exam room at New Hope Clinic, guiding his wife Jan as she clings tightly to his arm.

    Her reliance on her husband as she walks and the dark glasses covering her eyes give away Jan’s weakness: She has been blind in both eyes for seven days.

    Jan has suffered for years with diabetic retinopathy—a disease in which the arteries in the retina become weakened and leak, forming small hemorrhages. The vessels often lead to swelling in the retina and decreased vision.