Today's News

  • Calabash board launches review of recommended UDO changes



    CALABASH—With a new consultant at the helm, town commissioners last week started combing through recommended changes to the Unified Development Ordinance update.

    The thick book is designed to replace and better unify the town’s land-use section of its current code.

    Over the past year, proposed changes had drawn opposition from business owners and others in the community who found them too stringent or not appropriate or workable for Calabash.

  • Northbound lanes of U.S. 17 to close Wednesday morning near NMB

    The northbound lanes of U.S. 17 will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the fixed bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., just north of the Cherry Grove exit.

    The closure is expected to last about two hours. It is taking place for an investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, who will be investigating the fatal accident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

    Traffic will be diverted to the swing bridge during that time.

  • Financial projections, capital improvements in Sunset Beach's budgetary future



    SUNSET BEACH—A five-year financial forecast calling for a second fire station and nine firefighters was among items discussed at Sunset Beach Town Council’s daylong budget retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker outlined financial projections for the next five fiscal years, which he said are only estimates to help guide future budgetary decisions in conjunction with the town’s capital improvement program.

  • Fourth annual Health Expo set for Feb. 27 at West Brunswick High School



    Free health screenings and a medication drop-off are among highlights at Health Expo 2010 taking place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, this year’s expo will feature an array of free health screenings and services.

  • CELEBRITY WINE & DINE: 'General Hospital' actress hosting wine tastings this weekend in Calabash



    CALABASH—It isn’t every day a soap opera star visits a restaurant in the Seafood Capital.

    But that’s what’s happening this Friday and Saturday nights at Sunrise Pancake House, when “General Hospital” actress Laura Wright and her husband John host tastings introducing wines from their California winery.

  • Surviving candy cigarettes, lead-based paint and being tied up by Granny

    We were probably wound up from the sugar.

    We had likely just finished sucking on our candy cigarettes, holding out on the red-colored pretend flame as long as we could.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out one of us had that imitation candy cigarette box rolled up in a shirtsleeve.

    It isn’t unlikely we hadn’t quite recovered from brain-freeze after we gulped down sugary, artificially-colored-and-flavored Icees.

  • Fried-fish Fridays: Calabash VFW heats up with Lenten dinners

    Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 19, from 5-7 p.m., the post once again will start cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 2.

    The cost is $9 per dinner and $1 for an extra cup of homemade clam chowder.

    VFW members start preparing for the weekly fish fries on Tuesdays, when increased orders of fresh haddock arrive at the post.

  • The Cobb salad is a truly American main dish salad

    The Cobb salad is one of the earliest main dish salads to appear on restaurant menus and continues to be one of the most popular. Its origin is credited to Bob Cobb, owner of The Brown Derby, the famous eatery in Hollywood, Ca., in the early ’30s and ’40s.


    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Assault on a female on Birch Pond Drive; victim reported suspect striking her.

    •Vandalism at Badcock Furniture & More; victim reported a pea-sized hole in the window, possibly from a bullet fragment. The damage was estimated at $150.

    •Counterfeit currency at Gigi’s Closet at Shallotte Station; suspect passed a counterfeit $50 bill.

  • BCC announces continuing education courses

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant.

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 755-7380 to register. The following are upcoming CEWD courses and seminars: