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Today's News

  • Calabash OKs sewer not to exceed $5,500 per parcel

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously approved the entire Calabash wastewater treatment collection project Monday at an assessment fee not to exceed $5,500 per lot.

    Residents will be able to pay sewer assessments during a 10-year period.

    Commissioners also approved transferring appropriated funds of $350,000 from the town’s capital-project Fund 65 for sewer expansion to reduce assessment fees to Calabash property owners.

    The vote came at the end of a specially called meeting Monday that lasted two and a half hours.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners approve November referendum, contract for assistant administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to set a November referendum on changing the town’s form of government.

    A majority of commissioners also voted to negotiate a contract for assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The referendum is the result of a petition signed by 830 registered voters that was presented to the board of commissioners at their monthly workshop Monday morning.

    That number exceeded the required 10 percent or 275 voter signatures required to have a referendum.

  • Planning board to take another look at island setbacks

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board last week voted to review proposed property setbacks in the island business district and get input from citizens.

    Some of that input came at the July 2 meeting, when island business owners outlined the challenges of trying to operate in the spaces they have.

    In June, the board approved a proposal to increase rear and side-yard setbacks for businesses that abut residential property in the beach business district.

  • McLambs to chair LCF Hospice campaign

    W.J. and Sibyl McLamb will serve as Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter chairs of the Closer to Home capital campaign. The campaign will raise funds to build a seven-bed inpatient hospice care center for Brunswick County patients and families.

    The McLambs were touched by the hospice care their loved one received by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

    “The time has come for Brunswick County to have its own hospice care center, and the people of Brunswick County deserve to have an inpatient care center closer to home,” Sibyl McLamb said.

  • Learning lessons about starting your own home garden

    For most of my career with Cooperative Extension, there has been little interest in home vegetable gardening. Sure, the hardcore gentlemen farmers kept on growing southern favorites like collards and okra along with mega-popular commodities like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, but the rest of the crowd preferred their veggies in microwave-safe plastic pouches with the likeness of the Jolly Green Giant boldly displayed.

  • Here are some home gardening tips for the month of July

    Whenever we have a heat wave like the ones we having been having on and off this summer, it is a good idea to take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital.

    Here are a few things to do and to be looking for at this time of year:

  • Taking the bite out of the bugs: Mosquito control, part I

    As the summer season approaches, we hope the mosquito problem will go away; however, with the threat of the West Nile Virus, it behooves each of us to do what we can to help eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible.

    At this time, there has not been a confirmed case of the virus in North Carolina. As a precaution, the next two articles will examine mosquito control around the home and community.

    Mosquitoes are important pests because their biting activity often interferes with outdoor activities and can transmit disease organisms to people and domestic animals.

  • Bowen-Hamilton

    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen of Angier announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Suzanne Bowen, to Clarence Wesley Hamilton IV of Holden Beach. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hamilton of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Honeycutt of Angier, Ida Ruth Bowen of Erwin and the late Edsel Bowen. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Corn of Burnsville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamilton II.

  • Hoskins-Black

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Cindy Lee Hoskins of Leland and Aaron Talmadge Black of Sunset Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kathy Hoskins of Byron. She is owner of the Fitness Studio in Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Jack and Clara Black of Primghar, Iowa. He is an estimator for J.P. Russ and Son in Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 3 wedding is planned at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash.

  • Day-McCray

    Corrine Elizabeth Day of Shallotte and Ronnie Lee McCray of Calabash were married June 6 at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Longs, S.C.

    The Rev. Robert L. Fooks Sr. officiated the service.

    The bride is the daughter of Ira L. and Virgie C. Day of Laurel, Del.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by Kaile Turner.

    The groom is the son of Ronnie and Mary Lee McCray of Calabash.

    Cheryl Y. Adams served as matron of honor. Flower girls were Charli Witherspoon and Emmalee Marlowe.