Today's News

  • Being prepared is half the battle during anxious times

    It’s that time of year again. The local media has begun the annual hurricane awareness campaign. The “season” may last five months, but the advance warnings add both time and trepidation, giving us a six-month readiness program to offset the six-month reprieve.

    Kits, tracking maps and weather radios are available and urgently advised. Foodstuffs and important papers need to be acquired and safely stashed. Valuables must be secured. “Get ready for the big one,” is the articulated message. It is also the portent of a clear and present danger.

  • Kindergarten teacher arrested on drug charges

    A kindergarten teacher at Virginia Williamson Elementary School has been arrested on six drug related charges.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Candice Brooke Smith, of Apt. 3007 Royal Poste Rd., Sunset Beach, was arrested Monday on the following charges: one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of possession of schedule II controlled substance; two counts of conspire to sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; and two counts of obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery.

  • Future of Calabash Fire Department on neighboring towns' agendas

    CALABASH—A possible joint venture between the towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores for future operation of the Calabash Fire Department is still being mulled by the individual towns.

    Though town leaders in both towns have yet to formally come to a mutual discussion or negotiation table, they convened at a meeting last month to learn more about what an interlocal agreement would entail.

  • Calabash bestows first Beautiful Yard awards

    CALABASH—The loveliest landscapes in the seafood capital have finally been unveiled, as have a few landscaping secrets.

    Last week, Mayor Anthony Clemmons bestowed awards to four winners in the town’s first Beautiful Yard Contest.

    First place went to Randy Wilson’s freshly groomed yard fronting Beach Drive in downtown Calabash.

    Wilson, a Calabash native, says his outdoor living area surrounded by potted plants, hanging baskets and statuary is an example of the type of yard that doesn’t involve a lot of ground plantings.

  • Brunswick County receives hurricane grant, plans large-scale ‘disaster’

    On the morning of Saturday, July 11, a major training exercise will unfold in Shallotte, complete with a few homes being destroyed.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services was recently awarded a hurricane grant, and director Randy Thompson said they’re putting the money toward training for a large-scale disaster.

    To do so, they’ll create the disaster.

    “We’ve actually got a few homes we’re going to destroy,” Thompson said.

    The grant included money to lease the property on which the homes will be destroyed.

  • Budget undergoes last-minute scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Recycling and a second fire station were among last-minute budgetary topics at a town council workshop last week.

    Council is expected to adopt the proposed $5,056,955 fiscal budget for 2009-2010 at its next meeting June 29. The meeting was scheduled a week early in lieu of a monthly meeting connecting to the July 4 holiday weekend. The new fiscal budget year takes effect July 1.

    The proposed budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget.

  • Artists brushing up for Summer Regional Show in Southport

    SOUTHPORT—Artists from both Carolinas and beyond have submitted their latest work for the new Summer Regional Show at Franklin Square Gallery.

    The juried exhibition runs Monday, June 22, through Saturday, July 18.

    Chairwoman Nancy Schulte describes the exhibit as a new adventure, with regional artists bringing their best work.

    The show is sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport as part of Fourth of July festivities.

  • 'American RVers' rolling along with travels, postings

    Nearly two years ago, Jim and Peggy Grich pulled up stakes to launch the journey of a lifetime.

    They put their Brunswick County home up for sale and hit the road in their rolling home—a 2006 Monaco recreational vehicle.

    No, the Griches weren’t retiring or taking a permanent vacation.

    Their travels involve plenty of work with their TV show and Web site, “American RVer,” consisting of video podcasts of interesting people they meet along the way and blog postings documenting their adventures around the country.

  • Pretty Babie

    Babie (ID No. A006990) is a black-and-white female American pit bull terrier that about a year old. She has been at the shelter since May 9. She is ready and waiting for a great new home. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages 6 months or older, and $46 for dogs 5 months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Varnamtown aldermen to vote on budget Monday

    VARNAMTOWN—A public hearing for the town’s fiscal year 2009-2010 budget is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at town hall.

    The Varnamtown Board of Aldermen is also expected to vote on adopting the proposed budget, according to mayor pro tem Ennis Swain, who chairs the town finance committee.

    Proposed $170,472 budget appropriations consist of $146,155 for town operations, $16,200 for the town park and $8,117 for the contingency fund.

    The proposed tax levy remains at 5 percent for each $100 of valuation on taxable property.