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Today's News

  • Shallotte aldermen to notify state about potential hazard on San Rio property

    SHALLOTTE—Alderman John Kinlaw made a recent visit to the San Rio property off Gray Bridge Road and made a disturbing discovery—a large portion of the incomplete development is completely devoid of vegetation, which could result in stormwater runoff in the Shallotte River.

    In addition, “What appear to be storm water ponds are not adequate at all for stormwater,” he said.

  • Discount food outlet drawing steady business

    SHALLOTTE—Donna Pevehouse opened her reduced-price grocery stand at an opportune time.

    Since the business, Lea Food Discount Outlet, opened in late February at 541 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) across from West Brunswick High School, she has seen business steadily grow.

    “We’re doing quite well, actually,” Pevehouse said one recent hot afternoon as customers browsed boxes of assorted canned goods, snack foods, household items and other salvage items sold at the outlet.

  • Sewer payment modes mulled in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Bid-letting for local sewer should be ready to open early next year, a Brunswick County official told town council last week.

    Construction will take about two years for the town-wide project on the mainland and island, with completion by the end of 2011, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce said at the July 23 meeting.

    As lines are completed, he said they would go ahead and connect them into the system.

  • Fire destroys home in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A local couple is homeless after their home was destroyed by fire that broke out Sunday night.

    The waterway home at 1141 Indigo Circle was unoccupied when the fire call went out at 9:41 p.m.

    Firefighters from Sunset Beach, Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Ocean Isle Beach battled the blaze until after midnight, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said. Brunswick County and Calabash EMS also responded.

    One firefighter sustained heat exhaustion, Sunset Beach Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bookout said.

  • Jay Cook

    H. Jay Cook, 67, of Sunset Beach, died July 28 after a short illness.

    He is survived by his wife, Arlene M. Cook; son, Brian Cook; and his sister, Luise Raymond.

    He was born in Swedesboro, N.J., and spent his childhood in Pennsgrove and Pennsville, N.J. His college years were spent at The Citadel and the University of Delaware.

    He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969.

    He lived in Delaware for 20 years and retired from The DuPont Co., Chambers Works, after 34 years. He was a resident of Sea Trail for the past nine years.

  • Victims recovering after boat capsizes, strands them in ocean for 19 hours

    SUNSET BEACH—Nicholas Via had just bought the boat four days prior.

    So when he and three friends decided to take it out into the ocean for the first time at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, they weren’t thinking about any worst-case scenarios.

    They didn’t check possible weather and wave warnings spurred by passing Tropical Storm Cristobal. The furthest thing from their minds was that something could go wrong.

    Until it did.

  • Mayor, commissioner spar over mayor's duties

    During a special Calabash commissioners meeting on July 24 an item about fire inspections was removed from the agenda, sparking a confrontation between the town’s mayor and a commissioner.

    The item was to discuss feedback from Brunswick County on an agreement for performance of fire inspections approved by Calabash commissioners at their last regular monthly meeting July 8.

    At the end of last week’s special meeting, Calabash commissioner Cecelia Herman asked Mayor Anthony Clemmons if he had signed the agreement before it was forwarded to the county.

  • Roscoe the rooster, a chopping block and two young boys

    As Mom slid two bowls of cornflakes across our breakfast table toward my brother and me, she announced, “Tonight your father is returning home from work, and I want you to go out to the chicken pen and get me one of those roosters for dinner.”

    Jim was just 9, and I was 10 years old. It would seem like a pretty tough assignment for kids that age, but we had watched Dad kill, pick feathers and gut a chicken for dinner many times, and so we thought we were ready to be “big boys” for Mom.

  • Throw them away or keep them, middle names can have a purpose

    Word definitely does not travel fast in my family, but when it does travel, it does not always arrive in one piece.

    My dad called me last week to tell me my cousin’s wife had a baby. He didn’t know any details, just that it was a girl and her name was Natalie. My mom didn’t know any more details either, as she was only left a voice mail message telling her the news.

  • No worries could be worrisome

    A wise (?) old sage, I think it was Crocodile Dundee, once said it’s useless to worry, because most of the things we worry about never happen.

    With odds like that, worry then must be a good thing.

    My own usual day of worry began at precisely 5:55 a.m., after clock radio news that the next president has a trillion-dollar deficit not-to-worry about jarred me out of a light sleep.

    Subsequent worries, er, I mean “choices,” followed.

    Coffee or tea?