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Today's News

  • SB board shutters amenity centers in commercial zone

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved what may be the last private amenity center in the island’s beach business (BB-1) commercial zone

    Approval at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting was for an amenity center for the Kingfish Bay development in Calabash.

    The board’s next action was to remove private amenity centers as a permitted use in the BB-1 zone.

    Both measures are advisory recommendations that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 16-21

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Aug. 16

    Breaking and entering and larceny at two addresses on Magnolia Drive.

    Aug. 17

    Obtaining property by false pretense on Dunbar Drive.

    Attempted breaking and entering on Live Oak Drive.

    Aug. 18

    Larceny on Shoreline Drive West.

    Larceny on West Main Street.

    Aug. 20

  • Worms and Coffee neon sign auctioned for $1,000 to Oak Island business owner

    An Oak Island business owner hauled in the Worms and Coffee neon prize at a liquidation auction of the Midway Trading Post last Saturday, Aug. 20.

    Rodney Keesee, owner of Strands Outfitters on Oak Island, cast a top bid of $1,000 to win the day’s coveted “Worms and Coffee” neon window sign that helped bring international fame to the small, simple store at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • Shallotte Powerball winner to be on Oprah Network's 'Fix My Life'

    Shallotte resident Fontella Marie Holmes, who won $188 million last year in a recording-setting Powerball jackpot, will be featured in an upcoming TV episode with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Holmes, 27, will be included in the upcoming seasonal series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which launches with a four-part premiere Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

  • West Brunswick ties South Columbus in soccer

    SHALLOTTE — Sophomore forward Alex Younts scored two goals in the second half as West Brunswick tied South Columbus 3-3 in a non-conference soccer game Monday. The game was West’s home opener.

    Younts scored all three of West’s goals. South Columbus scored off a corner kick and two penalty kicks in taking a 3-1 lead in the first half.

    In the second half, Younts scored with 28 minutes, 24 seconds left. He tied the game when he scored with 7:24 left. He stole a weak goal kick and ran up the middle to kick to the ball past the goalkeeper.

  • The Lawn Ranger rides again!

     Whether you have a faithful sidekick or not, it’s time for the “lawn ranger” to get busy. During these hot times when the grass is really growing, it’s important to saddle up that lawn mower often and keep the blades sharp. This month is also the right time to fertilize Bermuda, zoysia and St. Augustine if you’re following N.C. State University’s recommendations.

  • Pink chicken and ground beef

     Fact or myth? Chicken is safe if the juices are running clear? Here’s another: Burgers are safe if all the pink is gone. Both of these are myths.

  • Why do cats wag their tails?

    Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply canine experiences to explain why a feline acts a certain way. That doesn’t work. Cats are not small dogs. A good example is understanding why a cat wags its tail. For dogs, it’s a clear signal of happiness, excitement, or maybe a little nervousness. For cats, it’s an entirely different story.

  • I’m only one person; what can I do???

    Edward Everett Hale is quoted as saying: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” His statement got me thinking. Too often I hear folks remarking about their singular inability to do anything about situations, both local and global. “I can’t” is the byword. It is their explanation and rationale. It is also a justification to be excused from participation and responsibility.

  • Running on empty? Find out what drains your energy

     By Linda Arnold

    While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy policies, most of us are experiencing an energy crisis much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror. 

    As a society, we’re stretched thin, stressed-out and drained. Stress is a top factor in many of our medical visits, and it’s reaching epidemic levels.