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  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.

  • No decision yet on proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase

     It’s still unclear whether Brunswick County residents will see a dramatic increase in homeowner’s insurance rates following a hearing Monday, Oct. 20, in Raleigh.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners’ insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in January, and a public hearing — originally scheduled in August but postponed until Monday— was held in Raleigh.

  • Warriors showered with patriotism in ride through Calabash, county

     CALABASH — Many times, the smallest gestures have the largest impact.

    As disabled veterans rode through Brunswick County communities on Friday, Oct. 17, they appreciated supporters waving American flags and shouting thanks as they lined the streets welcoming riders participating in the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride.

    Ronald Mayfield, who served in the Navy, said the public doesn’t realize how much its support means to the riders.

  • Campbell students promote good health at Waccamaw

     ASH — Seventeen years ago, Kate Gore roamed the halls of Waccamaw School in Ash as a fifth-grade student. Now a 28-year-old assistant clinical coordinator at Campbell University, Gore was able to give back to current fifth-graders.

    Gore brought four graduate students from Campbell University’s physical therapy department to Waccamaw on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach students about the importance of healthy habits.

  • Calabash unveils new quick response vehicle

    CALABASH — To add to its pink breast-cancer awareness ambulance, Calabash Volunteer EMS now has a newly transformed quick response vehicle (QRV) in its fleet.

    The department took possession of the vehicle Oct. 13 in the North Carolina town of Falkland, where it was customized by Select Custom Apparatus Inc., the same company that has built Calabash EMS ambulances.

    The QRV is a 2014 Dodge Durango already in the EMS fleet. It was modified by the company to meet department specifications, at a cost of just under $30,000.

  • Calabash settles sweepstakes suit for $44,700

    CALABASH — The town of Calabash has settled a sweepstakes lawsuit for $44,700.

    Unanimous approval of the settlement came following a closed session of the Calabash town board of commissioners at the board’s monthly meeting Oct. 14.

    Town commissioner Jody Nance made a motion to authorize the settlement, which was seconded by newly appointed town commissioner Cecelia Herman.

    The vote included a stipulation for a written settlement agreement to be signed by both parties provided both sides agree to specific terms.

  • Get spooked at Halloween events

    It’s almost Halloween — are you scared yet?

    If not, here’s a closer look at things to do and what’s going on in the area to celebrate the spooky season.

    Museum and planetarium

    Learn all about local ghosts when retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wilburn Smith, adjunct professor at Brunswick Community College, presents “OIB Ghosts: History of the Island” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Holden Beach celebrates season at Festival by the Sea

     IF YOU GO

    What: Festival By The Sea

    When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

    Where: under the Holden Beach bridge

    How much: Free

    Go to: www.greaterholdenbeachmerchants.com

    Autumn is festival season, especially this Saturday and Sunday in festive Holden Beach.

    The North Carolina Festival By the Sea will once again light up the last full weekend in October in the seaside town, which is celebrating the season with an array of activities. Admission and parking are free.

  • Shallotte standoff ends peacefully Monday night

    SHALLOTTE — A 90-minute standoff between a man who was threatening to kill himself and local law enforcement officers ended peacefully Monday night, Oct. 20, in Shallotte. No one was injured.

    Police were dispatched to N.C. 130/Whiteville Road near the entrance to Lowe’s Home Improvement, beside First Bank, at 6:03 p.m. in response to a man with a knife, according to a Shallotte Police Department news release.

  • Oyster Festival, more, unfold this weekend

    The season of festive events continues, with more activities scheduled in the area this weekend, starting with the 34th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Here’s a closer look at what’s going on around Brunswick County.

    North Carolina Oyster Festival

    The 34th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival unfolds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on festival grounds between Second and Third streets on the island of Ocean Isle Beach.