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Today's News

  • Riverfront property owners question riverwalk plans

    SHALLOTTE—Owners of businesses along the Shallotte River have questioned the town board’s tentative plans to build a riverwalk behind their property on Main Street.

    At the board of aldermen’s pre-agenda meeting Tuesday night, several said the project would have negative impacts on their businesses, particularly Greg Rupp’s dental practice and Shallotte Electric Stores, owned by the Milliken family.

  • West tennis team plays inspirational match

    Playing its most inspirational match of the season, the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team lost 5-4 March 30 at Class 3-A rival White Oak.

    West was missing two starters because of ailments.

    “We put our best possible lineup and got terrific performances,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    White Oak won the match by winning two of the three doubles’ matches.

    “Before the match I told the team we had to have everyone’s best effort to have even a chance of winning,” he said.

  • N.C.: Saying goodbye to a toxic friend?

    If it passes the Senate, the bill outlawing smoking in public places will become a historic law in North Carolina, the state that built itself on tobacco farming.

    I probably would not be here today if not for tobacco. Farming this cash crop in central North Carolina is how my grandfather made his living and how he put my mother through college. My mom’s first job out of school brought her to Brunswick County, which is how she met my dad. The rest, as they say, is history.

    But I’m not the only one with a generational connection to tobacco.

  • 'Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars,' take 2

    SUPPLY—Local officials, celebrities, business leaders and the defending champion have signed on to cut a rug this year for the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

    Thursday morning, organizers gathered at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to announce the participants in this year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 28 at Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

  • 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.

     

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  • 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.