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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach developer faces fraud charge

    A Sunset Beach developer has been charged with fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses.

    Richard Mace Watts Jr., 43, of 4528 River Road in Little River, S.C., was served with an outstanding warrant Nov. 22 on North Shore Drive East in Sunset Beach.

  • Garbage-line delay raises a stink in Carolina Shores

    You know the Thanksgiving holiday is over when:

    1. The turkey platter is picked clean.
    2. Garbage and weekend yard-debris bags are full and piling up.
    3. The traffic line at the Carolina Shores recycle center is backed up Monday morning with residents waiting to dispose of those aforementioned bags.

    This is not a multiple-choice quiz. All of the above is correct.

  • Calabash Fire Department Nov. 2014

    During the month of November, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 146 calls: six structure fires, five fire alarms, three motor vehicle accidents, three investigations, 20 public assistance calls, an other and 108 EMS first-response calls.

  • New Calabash EMS Thrift Store site breaks sales records

    Calabash EMS Thrift Store has a new location.

    The store, which provides funding for Calabash EMS, is now in a former restaurant building at 10001 Beach Drive.

    A grand re-opening and ribbon cutting for the new store took place last Saturday, Nov. 29, drawing a record crowd in the process.

    “We broke all one-day sales records in the entire history of our organization,” Calabash EMS board president Troy Thorup said of the post-Thanksgiving weekend event.

  • Shallotte sign-maker breathing easier after double-lung transplant

    For Buddy Norris, it was the most thankful of Thanksgivings.

    After years of waiting and praying, the Shallotte sign maker was rushed to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last week to get a new set of lungs.

    Norris, 52, had been awaiting a double-lung transplant after struggling with the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive illness for which there is no cure and little treatment.

    On Nov. 24, three days before Thanksgiving, the prayers of Norris, his family and hundreds of well-wishers were finally answered.

  • Sunset Beach gets an 'above average' audit

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has passed muster with a Wilmington auditor who gave a presentation at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night, Dec. 1.

    Auditor Greg Adams of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co. said there were no significant deficiencies and the town was “above state average” in collections.

    The biggest financial losses, he said, were transfers to park and streetscape funds in the past 2013-2014 fiscal year ending this past June 30.

  • New hours at Carolina Shores Recycle Center

    CAROLINA SHORES — New extended hours have launched at the town’s solid waste convenience facility.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning, Dec. 1, said the new hours took effect that day.

    According to a sign posted next door to town hall at the facility, which is now being operated by Waste Industries, it will be open 7 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The center will be closed Sundays and Fridays.

  • State nonprofits take a big hit in 2013-14

    North Carolinians cut back even more on charitable giving for the second year in a row, according to new statistics from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office.

    The just released 2013-14 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report shows charities licensed by the state collected $21,437,796.33 during the 12-month period recorded.

    That amount is lower than in 2012-13 when North Carolinians gave more than $32 million. It is also the lowest annual amount collected in the past four years.

  • Business, a needed break and busy-ness

    Last week, I asked readers to share what types of retail businesses they’d like to see here in Brunswick County that don’t already exist. My list includes Target; menswear, sportswear and plus-sized women’s clothing stores; a lingerie shop that carries a variety of sizes and foundations and caters to women who have had mastectomies and breast reconstruction; a fine wine and beer shop; and a sporting goods store.

    Among the other suggestions I received are:

    ·      A toy store

  • Need knows no holiday

    About 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, volunteers gathered at Shallotte Presbyterian Church to prepare holiday suppers for those in the community who receive Meals On Wheels. Offered through Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., Meals On Wheels volunteers deliver hot meals to adults 60 and older who are homebound or at BSRI senior centers and sites throughout the county. The volunteers took time out of their holiday with their own families and friends to make sure their neighbors would not go without participating in the traditional feast.