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Today's News

  • Local builder earns national honor

    SUNSET BEACH—Brunswick County is now home to a national award-winning builder of Southern-style homes.

    Southern Living magazine has named local home builder Jeff Sanderson, founder and president of Whitney Blair Inc., the 2008 Custom Builder of the Year—the first builder in North or South Carolina to be so honored.

    He will be featured in the magazine’s November issue.

    Sanderson found out about the honor when it was announced at the Southern Living Custom Builder Annual Conference in Alabama.

  • Leaders learn to create culture that encourages small business

    When Don Betts was a young chamber of commerce executive in a small Georgia town, a young man approached him about buying property the chamber had set aside for future development.

    Betts told him the chamber was waiting for a big company to come to town and set up shop on the property, but he could bring his ideas to the chamber authority for their approval.

    “He said ‘I have a few ideas, and I can pay cash for it,’” Betts recalled. “The authority members said, ‘We’re saving that property.’”

  • First local entrepreneur conference called a 'moderate success'

    The South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100’s first entrepreneurship conference didn’t have people lining up outside the conference rooms, but organizers say the quality of the event will get people talking.

    The event was April 10 and 11 at Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach and also featured a dinner at Silver Coast Winery.

    “We had a moderate turnout,” said the committee’s executive director Bob Stinson.

    “We look at it as a good start. The first one gets the word out about the quality of the event.”

  • Boston joins Carolina Plantations

    Nancy Boston has joined Carolina Plantations Real Estate in Ocean Isle Beach as a neighborhood specialist.

    Boston has 15 years experience in real estate sales as a listing and selling agent. With years of experience in social work prior to entering real estate, Boston fine-tuned her professional listening skills, which allow her to focus on providing the highest level of service to her clients.

    In addition to being a certified relocation specialist, she moved here from the Northeast and understands the particular needs of people moving to the area.

  • Seaside Animal Care receives AAHA accreditation

    Seaside Animal Care of Calabash has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.

    Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain accredited status, Seaside Animal Care must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.

  • Putting a face on autism

    A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes, but there is no treatment or cure for this disorder.

    As doctors continue to seek answers and cures, children around the world learn to live with autism and help put a face on an illness doctors know little about.

  • Air Force staff sergeant, West graduate aims high

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino has been named the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer of the year for the 9th Air Force.

    But the West Brunswick graduate now stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro says he’s more proud of his troop than of his recent accolades.

    Blandino’s award was announced March 8 in Destin, Fla., which he described as a door-opening experience.

    The award, he said, is for “outstanding and distinguished combat-related service.”

  • Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet set for April 25

    Area women will spread their wings and fly at the second annual Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet on April 25.

    This is a community-sponsored event organized by the Ladies’ Ministry of First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    Cookie Medlin, director of the ladies’ ministry, is in charge of the committee organizing the event this year. Medlin said she is looking forward to it.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Robbery, rape and kidnapping reported at the Holiday Inn Express; victim later changed his story and said it happened in Little River, S.C., and that nothing was stolen, then refused to answer any more questions from the police. The case was closed.

    •Criminal damage to property (vandalism) at Blake Family Medicine; suspect graffitied building with gang symbols, causing $1,300 in damage.

  • Holden beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers are investigating burglary, larceny and vandalism from a Starfish Street home.

    The victim reported on April 4 more than $28,000 worth of property was stolen. Stolen items include fishing rods and reels, boating equipment, jewelry, money, electronics and tools.

    A reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved in the break-ins.