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Today's News

  • Calabash Fire Department rejects $2.6 million federal loan for new station

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department won’t accept a $2.6 million federal loan approved last month for a new fire station.

    Last week, the department’s nine-member board agreed the department can’t afford the $2,607,750 USDA loan with accompanying $137,250 grant announced last month by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office. The funding was earmarked for construction of a new, much-needed central fire station for the department.

  • Sunset Beach bridge

    Construction continues on the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach as shown in pictures taken last month by local photographer John Clegg. The bridge is slated to open next year, displacing the old pontoon bridge currently in use.

     

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Vandalism at Brooks Court; suspect broke back glass out of victim’s window, causing $900 in damage to the glass and $300 in damage to the paint finish.

    •Vandalism at Coastal Cinemas; suspect put something in tank of victim’s truck, causing $2,000 in damage.

  • West Brunswick soccer team wins its first conference title

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick soccer team beat South Brunswick 3-1 Oct. 28 to win its first conference championship in school history.

    “It was great effort by the entire team,” conference championship coach Tripp Smith said moments after he received the celebratory dousing of ice water. “I am very pleased with them.”

  • Calabash hires new administrator

    CALABASH—The town has hired a new administrator scheduled to start work Nov. 16.

    Hiram Marziano, currently an assistant town manager in Troy, N.C., accepted Calabash town commissioners’ job offer by phone Wednesday following a closed meeting at town hall.

    Marziano is the first Calabash administrator required to pass a background check. His job performance will be reviewed at the end of 90 days, and he also will be required to pass a drug test. His annual salary will be $52,000.

  • Climb aboard the Ghost Ship

    Ghosts, goblins and ghouls were aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina last Friday. Their mission? To frighten all who entered.

    The U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina opened its doors at 6:30 p.m. on Oct.16 for the Ghost Ship--a haunted battleship. With 942 visitors on opening night, Danielle Wallace, battleship programs director, saw her vision, and many months of planning, become a reality.

    Wallace and the battleship staff began preparing for this event in July. She channeled her own fears and used them for inspiration in this year’s ghost ship design.

  • West Brunswick rallies in second half to beat West Bladen

    DUPLIN—West Brunswick scored four goals in the second half and goalkeeper Josh Cortes stopped a penalty kick as the Trojans beat West Bladen 4-1 in a Waccamaw Conference soccer game Oct. 22.

    Chip Mendoza had two assists and a goal in the victory, which kept the Trojans in first place in the conference (6-1-1) with two games left in the conference season.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Cindy Sheehan speaks about peace movement

    BOLIVIA—Cindy Sheehan said there is a common misconception about the peace movement.

    “There’s just this false perception that the peace movement somehow hates our troops. We love our troops,” she explained Monday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sheehan made a stop in Bolivia as part of The Peace Mom and the Patriot, a five-stop North Carolina tour. “That’s why we want them to come home walking, not in body bags.”

  • ATMC to re-air Shallotte forum

    ATMC TV has scheduled an additional airing of the Shallotte Meet the Candidates Forum for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 on ATMC TV Channel 3.

    ATMC failed to air the show during one of its scheduled times, 1 p.m. Wednesday, and will re-air it Saturday afternoon, a spokesperson said.

    The forum is regularly scheduled for additional airings Monday afternoon and evening.

  • Get a glimpse of Haunted Southport this weekend

    Take a walk through Southport, learn some history and see a few ghosts this weekend at Old South Tour and Carriage Company’s Haunted Ghost Walk.

    Katie Stewart, owner of Old South Tour and Carriage Company, will be conducting the walking tours through Southport. These tours vary slightly from her traditional ghost walk in that some of the history is different, and actors will re-enact scenes from the tour along the way.