Today's News

  • Calabash woman among those celebrating U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — She submitted an application to become a United States citizen Jan. 15.

    Five months later to the day, Hungary native Zsuzsanna “Suzy” LaManna became an American citizen after taking the oath of citizenship and passing her naturalization test with flying colors — in vivid American red, white and blue — at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Durham.

  • 'Worms and Coffee' proprietor Mike Richards dies

    He was a vivid presence who made a difference through his Bolivia store renowned for its “Worms and Coffee.”

    Mike Richards, longtime operator of Midway Trading Post at 3296 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) next to Midway Road, died June 21 at 70.

    “Nobody expected it,” Richards’ wife Carole said. “He was playing golf the day before he went to the hospital.”

    Richards had been in the hospital seven days before he died.

  • Sunset Beach reaches settlement with Palm Cove

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved a settlement agreement with owners of 10 lots in Palm Cove at the east end of the island.

    Approval came at council’s monthly meeting this past Monday night, June 29.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said highlights of the agreement are to allow a common, privately owned and maintained boardwalk stretching across all 10 lots. The boardwalk will not be on the dunes and will connect to three dune crossovers over the dunes themselves.

  • Varnamtown cooks up Shrimp-A-Roo on Friday, July 3

    Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church is having a holiday Shrimp-A-Roo from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Garland’s landing overlooking the Lockwood Folly River at 2 Fisherman Road in Varnamtown.

    On the menu at the Fourth of July Eve celebration are freshly prepared plates of shrimp, boiled potatoes, coleslaw and hushpuppies.

    The cost per plate, which includes a can of soda, is $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12.

  • Have a blast Fourth of July weekend

    It’s the weekend, plus it’s the Fourth of July along the coast.

    What better combination could there be for celebrating America’s 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

    Events are already under way, starting with the North Carolina 4th of July Festival that launched June 27 with week-long events in Southport and Oak Island.

    More celebrating is in store in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, plus Calabash is back this year with a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular.


  • SBPD: June 23-27

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

    June 23

    Larceny of personal items from 37th Street.

    Larceny of personal items from 26th Street.

    June 24

    Larceny of personal items from 27th Street.

    Assault on Rice Mill Circle.

    Breaking and entering, damage to real property, Creek View Drive.

    June 25

  • Medical aid required after man flees into ocean in Holden Beach

    A man and his relative received medical treatment following an incident in Holden Beach on Saturday night when the man ran into the ocean.

    Sometime after dark June 27, Holden Beach police responded to a disturbance call near Ocean Boulevard.

    When they arrived, a man ran out the back door of a house.

    The officers started chasing the man, who led them to the beach and jumped into the water.

    Police contacted neighboring police departments, the Coast Guard and Coastline Rescue to conduct a search.

  • ONDBEAT: Calabash & Co. could celebrate new, improved riverfront

    Along one portion of the waterway is Sunset Beach with its recently opened 5.22-acre town park where residents have been debating its pros, cons and costs for the last five-and-a-half years.

    Apparently, it sometimes costs a couple million greenbacks to preserve a smidgen of green space.

    Just down the river is Calabash, where town leaders seem divided on the merits of improving access to their own riverfront in North Carolina’s Seafood Capital.

  • Heat demands have AC repairmen working overtime

    The summer heat has taken its toll on air conditioners and the people who repair them.

    With pre-Fourth of July temperatures soaring into the humid 90s this week, malfunctioning air conditioners have repair companies and technicians working ‘round the clock.

    “It’s crazy busy,” said Justin Fulford, sales manager with Fulford Heating & Cooling on Holden Beach Road.

  • Band of the Week: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues plays July 2 & 9 in Shallotte & Calabash

    The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at two venues this month, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte and at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 9, in Calabash.