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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sunset Harbor senior site stays busy, provides a place for locals

    SUNSET HARBOR—Harriet Benton greets everybody at the Sunset Harbor senior nutrition site by name, flashing a bright smile and asking if they are having a good day.

    The site, in the fellowship hall of Faith Community Chapel on Sunset Harbor Road, is open every day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and offers more than a meal to local seniors looking for socialization.

  • Please, do not feed the alligator

    Residents at Cardinal Pointe Apartments in Shallotte had their first alligator sighting of the season this past weekend, when an alligator was spotted swimming in a retention pond behind several apartment buildings.

    The alligator was then seen sunbathing on Monday and swimming on Tuesday. N.C. Wildlife Enforcement officer Matt Criscoe said for now, the alligator is going to be left in the pond.

  • Fitness and Aquatics Center debuts during open house

    The Brunswick Community College Fitness and Aquatics Center is now open.

    The center opened last week and had its grand opening Saturday, offering tours of the building. There was also a drawing for free memberships. Staff members were on hand to show visitors all the amenities the 55,000-square-foot building has to offer.

    A 9,000-square-foot gymnasium with an NCAA-regulated floor and seating for 1,500 spectators will serve as the new home of BCC’s basketball and volleyball teams. While practices and games are not going on, the gym is open to all members.