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Today's News

  • Tornado watch in effect until 1 p.m. today

    A tornado watch is in effect until 1.p.m. Monday for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties, according to the National Weather Service.

    According to the service, Monday’s weather will be breezy with a west wind reaching speeds of 18 to 24 mph. The high for today is 71 degrees with a 70 percent chance of rain.

    The low tonight is expected to hit 39, with winds reaching up to 23 mph.

    The Weather Service also advises a moderate risk of rip currents, which will remain in effect throughout the evening.

  • Tornado warning expires for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service's tornado warning for Brunswick County has expired. Central portions of Brunswick County were under a tornado warning until 12:15 p.m.

    The National Weather Service's Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Longwood, about 11 miles northeast of Little River, S.C., just before noon. The storm cell was moving east at about 35 mph and was expected to reach the Shallotte area by noon.

    A tornado watch remains in effect until 1 p.m. Monday for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board meets April 16

    Sunset Beach Planning Board meets April 16

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board meeting scheduled for April 9 has been canceled.

    A regular work session is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 16.

     

  • Tabby Tabitha

     STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

     

    Tabby Tabitha

  • New family entertainment complex to open this summer

    SHALLOTTE—Construction is under way on Planet Fun on Whiteville Road. It is planned to be the largest family entertainment recreational complex in the coastal Carolinas.

    East Coast Entertainment, headed by Brian McCall, says the new facility will open this summer and will hire 70-85 employees.

  • Calabash hardware store reopens

    CALABASH—Potted spring flowers and assorted wheelbarrows lined the front entrance of Calabash Priced Right Everyday Hardware as customers came and went from the store Monday morning.

    The store reopened Saturday after being shut down by the Internal Revenue Service on March 5 for nonpayment of overdue taxes, business owner Sammie Leonard said.

    A sign in the front window proclaiming, “yes we’re open” replaced the U.S. Government seizure and closed signs posted after two IRS agents descended on the store at 10050 Beach Drive a month ago.

  • Owl nest

    Passersby have been alerted to this mother horned owl and her nest high in a pine tree overlooking the golf path at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach. Sea Trail resident Sue Hunady said there apparently are two owlets in the nest. She said bird-watchers have been stopping by for at least a week to snap photographs. The mother owl doesn’t seem to mind the attention.

     

  • Thefts investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated the theft of a gun and saws from a truck on Live Oak Drive.

    Thieves went into a truck that might have been left unlocked and removed a .40-caliber Beretta semiautomatic handgun. Also missing from the bed of the truck are a ceramic wet saw used for cutting tile, an electric jackhammer and an electric hammer drill. The incident was reported April 1.

  • Severe weather anticipated Thursday evening through Friday morning

    The National Weather Service has indicated potentially strong storms could move through the area Thursday night and Friday morning.

    According to NWS, severe thunderstorms are possible that may produce damaging winds and tornadoes.

    The window for the greatest potential of severe weather is from around 8 p.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday.

    Throughout the day Friday, wind gusts could reach about 30 mph.

  • Plan ahead for severe weather; you don’t know when it might strike

    Flashlight? Check.

    Weather radio? Check.

    Cell phone complete with up-to-the-minute weather text alerts? Check.

    Twenty-four-hour-weather station tuned in so I can absorb the three-hour Doppler loop while I sleep? Check.

    Last Friday and Saturday, I huddled on the couch, watching the storms swirl through the southeastern United States heading for the North Carolina coast. No, it wasn’t a hurricane I was worried about—it was the possibility of tornadoes and lightning.