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Today's News

  • Calabash should release property details immediately

    Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Life lesson learned: Never attempt to vacuum a blind cat (alone)

    Pardon me, Dr. Ernie Ward, while I step on your toes for a moment.

    No, I don’t have a degree in veterinary science. I haven’t published any books, and I haven’t appeared on any syndicated television shows, national news programs or been in newspapers picked up by half the country.

    I certainly haven’t cared for and treated countless numbers of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters and other critters.

    Everything I know about caring for pets, well, at least one of them, I learned on my lunch break last week.

  • Beacon to launch TV newscast on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will soon be on air.

    “Brunswick Beat,” a 15-minute news program highlighting news and events from each week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon, will premier at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

  • South Brunswick Middle School bus driver suspended following DWI charge

    OAK ISLAND—A South Brunswick Middle School bus driver has been suspended from driving duties after being charged with driving while impaired.

    According to the arrest report provided by the Oak Island Police Department, Penny F. Whitlock, 47, of 219 NE 42nd St., Oak Island, was charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center after an officer witnessed her green minivan drifting left of center on East Oak Island Drive at about 3:45 a.m. last Sunday, March 13.

  • North’s boys, West’s girls win track meet

    LELAND—West Brunswick’s girls won a high school track-and-field tri-meet March 22 at North with Trask. West finished with 72 points and North with 51 points. Trask had 47.

    In the field events, Kayla Padgett won the shot put, with a season-best mark of 34 feet, 11 inches, and the discus (118-2.5). Both are regional standards.

    Kayla McDaniel was second in the pole vault (6-0).

    Chasity Lewis won the 100-meter hurdles in 19.38 and the 300 hurdles in 57.28. Jasmine Jackson won the 200 in 27.59. Corina Sierra won the 800 in 3 minutes.

  • Habitat hires new executive director

    Brunswick County Habitat For Humanity has a new executive director.

    Deanna Antonio was selected for the job earlier this month. She succeeds outgoing director Gary Knapp.

    Antonio started working with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in September 2007 following her retirement from a career in education and moving to Southport in October 2006.

    She was hired as a part-time administration associate, working three days a week, and also became secretary to the board of directors at Habitat.

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budgetary belt-tightening

    SUPPLY—Carolina Shores may soon be adjusting for some budgetary belt-tightening in the coming fiscal year.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at town commissioners’ annual retreat Monday, said staff has been told to prepare for an estimated 30 percent reduction in revenues.

    Munday presented preliminary overview figures showing if the town leaves the tax rate where it is, a budgetary shortfall of about $339,000 is predicted due to falling property revaluations and other revenues.

  • Arbor Day in Carolina Shores

  • Centenarian celebrates another birthday at Shallotte Assisted Living

    Adelina Filocamo reached another milestone as she turned 102 last week at Shallotte Assisted Living. Family and friends were on hand to wish the centenarian well at the March 18 celebration.

    Filocamo was born in Brazil and grew up in Italy. She also lived in New York and worked as a seamstress. She drove until she was 90, said Matresse McAllister, administrator at Shallotte Assisted Living.

    Filocamo is a familiar sight at the Mulberry Street facility, where she has lived for the past two years with Marco, her prized, purebred Shih Tzu dog.

  • New full-time police officer in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—What do a real estate agent, mother of three and police officer have in common?

    Tammy Monteforte has worn many different hats and now she is pursuing her dreams. Monteforte joined the Shallotte Police Department in August 2010 as a part-time employee. Two weeks ago she received news she had hoped for—she was offered a full-time position as a patrol officer.

    “I was very excited,” Monteforte said. “It was one of my goals and I was able to meet it. I am looking forward to reaching the next goal.”