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Today's News

  • Calabash approves seasonal ice cream cow

    CALABASH—After much debate, Calabash commissioners have decided a local ice cream shop can have its cow for another season.

    At issue is a promotional, jumbo-sized Mayfield Dairy cow statue that Vivian Sweeney, owner of the Back Porch Ice Cream Shoppe in Harbour Court, first brought to town last Eastertime.

    Town officials later informed her the cow, which remained on display for about eight days, was in violation of the town’s sign ordinance.

  • Contract post office slated to open Thursday

    CALABASH—At the back of Calabash Ace Hardware, assistant manager Bob Crawford bustled behind the new post office counter Monday, preparing for its opening.

    Beyond the paint section, lawn furniture and aisles laden with tools and plumbing supplies, Calabash’s new contract postal unit is slated to open Thursday, March 13, inside the store at 9030 Beach Drive.

    The new CPU is described as full-service, offering a full line of postal products and services, including postage stamps, Express and Priority Mail services and packaging products.

  • 'Messy' river getting a cleaning in Calabash

    CALABASH—Sure, it yields fish, but have you ever wondered what else might be in the Calabash River?

    Brothers Sam and Jackie Thomas are finding out this week as clean the waterway renowned for its fishing boats, seafood restaurants and scenic views.

    Another, less pretty scene lurks just beneath the surface.

    A discarded mountain bike, piles of wiring and a jumbo-sized piece of Styrofoam are among items retrieved from the muck and water since the two launched their clean-up for the town of Calabash on Monday.

  • Security, stormwater among Carolina Shores priorities for next budget

    CAROLINA SHORES—A long list of priorities dominated town commissioners’ annual budget retreat March 5, most of them items that have been discussed before.

    Commissioners discussed setting aside money for town security, stormwater diversion projects, emergency management, buying laptop computers for the town’s two building inspectors, additional staffing, replacing town equipment, ETJ expansion and possible zoning changes and the future of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Senator stumps for support

    This year’s election is a “dangerous cycle” that Republicans need to be aware of and act accordingly, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said during a visit to Brunswick County Republican Headquarters Saturday afternoon.

    “There are 23 Republicans up for re-election in the United States Senate,” Dole said. “There are only 12 Democrats. If they’re able to get a filibuster-proof Senate, all hell is going to break loose. Excuse me for saying that, but it will be a very, very difficult situation.

  • Standoff in Shallotte Point ends without serious injuries

    SHALLOTTE POINT—A nearly two-hour standoff Monday ended with a Shallotte Point man being taken to the hospital, but left no one seriously injured.

    Around 4 p.m. Monday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call that a man had barricaded himself inside his Shallotte Point home and was threatening to catch the home on fire while still inside.

    Patrick Tedder, 46, barricaded himself inside his Kay Street home Monday until the sheriff’s office SWAT team was able to subdue him and remove him from the home, Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

  • Shallotte police raid alleged video gambling site

    Shallotte Police served a warrant on a computer/Internet store on Holden Beach Road suspected of possessing video gambling machines last week, seizing nearly $5,000 and ordering the manager to appear in court.

    Police issued a search warrant at Shallotte Business Center on Tuesday, March 4, after receiving anonymous tips from the public that it might be a site of illegal gambling. They seized $4,924 in cash and issued a citation to appear in court to manager Patricia Mary Westerman of Carolina Shores.

    Police also investigated the following incidents last week:

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Copper wire stolen from Holden Beach home

    Holden Beach Police officers are investigating a larceny from a rental home on Ocean Boulevard. On March 7, an unknown suspect stole 18 feet of copper tubing and 18 feet of copper thermostat wire from the home. The investigation is ongoing.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Lauren Nichole Abernathy, 21, of Fayetteville, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving left of center.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect broke into victim’s shed and took a fishing rod and reel.

    •Arson to vehicle on Lakeside Avenue in Supply; victim’s vehicle was found completely burned.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on River Road in Winnabow; suspect went into victim’s garage and drove golf carts around, damaging one golf cart.