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Today's News

  • Martin joins Wakefield Development as broker at Kingfish Bay Community

    Wakefield Development Company’s Coastal Division has announced Jana Martin as a broker/sales associate for the Kingfish Bay Community in Calabash.

    “Jana brings a keen knowledge of the area and a record of success in real estate sales,” said Jim Wiseman, senior vice president of Wakefield Development Company's Coastal Division. “We are fortunate to have her join our talented sales staff and I am confident, we will continue to excel as a team.”

  • Annexation efforts moving more smoothly in Calabash

    CALABASH—Residents had more questions than complaints last month about the town’s plans to annex their neighborhoods along Beach Drive.

    Three weeks after a roomful of residents turned out April 29 to express reservations about the town’s plans to annex a 174.4-acre area between the Calabash River and Sunset Beach, residents were back, this time with more questions about what Calabash will provide.

    The 20-minute annexation hearing May 20 consisted of residents asking about a timeline and procedures for streets dedication to the town.

  • Search for new administrator continues in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have taken no action on filling its open town administrator position.

    The town recently advertised the opening for the staff position that has been vacant since former town administrator Donna Prince was fired in February.

    Commissioners convened at a specially called session last Thursday afternoon, May 29, to discuss the matter in a closed executive session. No action was taken, interim town clerk Kelley Southward said.

  • Fees draw fire at Calabash meeting

    CALABASH—It took a tiebreaker vote for a Calabash Fire Department committee to approve maximum fees for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons and Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby voted against the fees, outlining before the vote their objections to an increase the department hasn’t seen for the last six years, except for population growth increments.

    Prior to the vote, Calabash Fire Chief Karl Bennett outlined departmental needs and expenses for which finances have not kept pace, he said.

  • Carolina Shores approves $27,000 for fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—Following lengthy, at times heated, debate, a majority of Carolina Shores commissioners on Tuesday approved contributing $27,000 to the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year.

    The board rejected an amendment by commissioner Joseph Przywara, who voted against the contribution, to delete the $27,000 earmarked for the fire department in the 2008-2009 budget.

    Przywara said he felt the contribution imposed an extra fire fee, since the fire fee committee last week approved maximum county fire fees for the department.

  • Tourism officials seek creative ways to keep visitors coming back to Brunswick County's beaches

    Looking out over the deck of their rented vacation home, watching their children and grandchildren play in the surf, Ellen and Randy Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., realize what makes their annual beach vacation so special.

    It’s two weeks of the year they can put the stresses of work and everyday life behind them and enjoy being with their family, relaxing in the sun and watching the young ones enjoy the pleasures of summer.

  • In iffy economy, tourism groups target visitors looking for nearby trips

    With the cost of gas approaching $4 a gallon and working people counting every penny, those in the local tourist trade want to make sure a trip to the beach is not left out of the average family’s budget.

    That’s why the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s 2008-2009 marketing plan, presented to the authority last week by Smith Advertising, emphasizes the proximity of the Brunswick Islands to people within the state and the Southeast.

  • Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts raise $3,000 for kids

    Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts—about 88 of them—showed up this weekendfor the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual Poker Run.

    The event raised about $3,000 for the group’s annual Christmas Toy Run. Starting at Shallotte Park, with an escort from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, riders took a 75-mile route through Ash, over to Supply and back to the park. Along the way, they collected cards to try to build the best poker hand.

  • Gore receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor the service of the man Brunswick Community College president Stephen Greiner called “a true Brunswick County hero.”

    Dr. Joseph A. Gore was honored Tuesday afternoon with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in North Carolina by the governor. Gore was unable to be present at the ceremony due to medical reasons.

  • New county detention center completed, slated to open soon

    BOLIVIA—The newest extended stay facility in Brunswick County is ready to open.

    But it’s no hotel.

    The second phase of the Brunswick County Detention Center has been completed and is ready to house inmates.

    Capt. Kevin Holden, Brunswick County Detention Center chief jailer, said the 244-bed expansion project came in ahead of schedule and under budget.

    With additional beds, the two phases of the detention center can house 440 inmates, he said.