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Today's News

  • Wreck on N.C. 87 leaves one dead

    An 88-year-old Bolivia woman was killed Tuesday, Sept. 9, when her vehicle was struck by an on-coming SUV on N.C. 87 near Bolivia.

    According to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Eleanor Waterford Harden was traveling north on N.C. 87 when she attempted to turn left onto Danford Road. She failed to yield and turned into the path of an oncoming SUV.

    Speed was not a factor, Holmes said, noting both drivers were driving the speed limit.

    Harden was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport where she died, Holmes said.

  • County nixes availability fees

    BOLIVIA—County residents who have opted not to hook onto the county’s water lines will no longer be charged a fee just because the water is there.

    With commissioners’ approval of the mandatory connection ordinance on Monday night, residents who were paying the $11 per month water availability fee will no longer be required to do so.

  • FEMA, state officials to determine disaster declaration

    State and federal emergency officials have been combing Brunswick County in the wake of Tropical Storm Hanna to determine if the county is eligible for a disaster declaration.

    If total damages left by Hanna top the $12 million mark, the county could receive a disaster declaration, thereby making the county eligible to receive federal funding to pay for damages, emergency services director Randy Thompson said.

  • Local health grades issued

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Some retailers say no to high gas prices

    Gas prices are at record highs in North and South Carolina. While the state Attorney General’s office is cracking down on price gouging, some local stations are opting not to buy gas until the price goes down.

    On Friday, prices in Shallotte and surrounding areas were maxing out at more than $4 a gallon for premium, and vehicles were lined up at stations like Caroco and Kangaroo on Main Street.

    As of Tuesday, the highest price for regular grade gas was $4.09 in Shallotte. Premium gas cost as much as $4.23.

  • Calabash sets merchants association meeting to unite area businesses

    CALABASH—An effort to unite businesses in the seafood capital is launching Thursday.

    An organizational meeting for a town merchants association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Calabash Photography Studio on Beach Drive, commissioner Forrest King announced at the Sept. 9 monthly town board of commissioners meeting.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will observe its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with a celebration at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    County commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • Local churches rally to bring 'Fireproof' to Shallotte

    Members of New Beginnings Church, led by pastor Brad Ferguson, were excited about seeing “Fireproof,” a Christian-themed movie from the producers of 2006’s “Facing the Giants.”

    “It had volunteers in the cast and no big names, but it was very well received in our area,” Ferguson said recently of “Facing the Giants.”

    When he and some of the church members heard about “Fireproof,” starring former teen actor Kirk Cameron as a firefighter in a troubled marriage who turns to God, they were excited about seeing it.

  • Remembering the events of 9-11

    It was a day to remember, as members of the Calabash Lions Club, VFW and American Legion standing on the N.C. 130 overpass in Shallotte reminded passing motorists.

    Many of those driving along U.S. 17 beneath them honked their horns to let the waving group know they hadn’t forgotten the seventh anniversary of 9/11, the day terrorist-directed planes brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York and also wrought destruction and death at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

  • CIS board member killed in wreck

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    A beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister all describe Stephanie Bessmer, but those who knew her will remember her for much more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Sept. 9 as a result of a weather-related wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.